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Lakers vs. Thunder Preview: Can Los Angeles weather Hurricane Westbrook?

Los Angeles will face a stiff test in Oklahoma City.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are still on the road, making a stop in Oklahoma City in their third game of the season and second away contest. The team is 1-1 and will be looking to jump back above .500 against the Thunder.

Russell Westbrook isn't going to make that easy. The fire breathing dragon currently masquerading as a point guard is leading OKC in scoring at a somehow-not-a-typo 41.5 points per game.

With Kevin Durant gone, calling Westbrook the entire Thunder offense isn't an overstatement, as he's using 42.1 percent of the team's possessions while on the floor. His next closest teammate is Enes Kanter, who is using 27.2 percent.

Will Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson, and/or D'Angelo Russell be able to slow Westbrook down? Or will Los Angeles take a similar approach that they did against Houston, where the star got his numbers but the team kept any supporting cast members from going off?

The Lakers showed that their rebuild is coming along at a positive pace in their feel-good opening night win over the Houston Hardens, but the team took a tumble amid some foul trouble and lack of ability to get crucial stops against the Utah Jazz. It will be interesting to see if Luke Walton and company can bounce back against a playoff contender in Oklahoma City.

Time: 4 p.m. PT

TV: SpectrumSportsNet

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