The Los Angeles Lakers are on a three-game winning streak and have the Golden State Warriors on the second half of a back-to-back. A win over the defending champions to make it four in a row would be huge, but even more shocking. Golden State is coming off of a win over the Charlotte Hornets featuring 60 combined points from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and a triple-double from Draymond Green. Sounds like they'll have some momentum coming in against the league's worst defense.
The Lakers, on the other hand, managed to avoid a complete collapse late against the Phoenix Suns and are dealing with in-team turmoil because of it. Julius Randle and Byron Scott are at odds over Sunday's events, where Randle clearly made defensive mistakes and Scott took direct shot at him following the win. Julius clearly didn't take well to the benching or postgame comments, and Byron's response thus far has been for him to "grow up."
Even during their longest winning streak of the season there's turmoil within the Lakers.
The Warriors coming to town could be the "come back to reality" moment for the purple and gold. They beat a pretty good team in the Boston Celtics while on the road, then followed up with victories over the 76ers and Suns at home. Golden State is an entirely different animal to be locked in a cage with. They were shredded to pieces last time in a 111-77 blowout, so prepare. Kobe Bryant is considered questionable with a sore right shoulder, taking in three days of rest in the meantime.
Enjoy the game!
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: TWCSN, CSBA, NBATV