The Los Angeles Lakers were cooked like Thanksgiving turkeys on Wednesday and the Golden State Warriors are back for the leftovers. Without D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle the purple and gold were left black and blue, and with no D’Angelo and Randle and Nick Young both listed as doubtful, the Warriors might just drop more than the 149 they hung on Los Angeles last time out.
Truth be told, if Randle and Young are hurting, it might be best to sit them out of this one. The Lakers got a dash of reality Wednesday night, receiving a crystal-clear reminder that the top of the NBA is still a long climb away for these pups.
You’d like the Lakers to fight through adversity like this, but that battle may be best suited for another day. Like Sunday, when the Atlanta Hawks are in town and the Warriors gauntlet is behind them. Head Coach Luke Walton had to make several adjustments on Wednesday, sliding Luol Deng to power forward, giving Brandon Ingram his first career start and leaning on veteran Jose Calderon at point guard.
If nothing else, Brandon Ingram getting a chance to spread his massive wings with a bit more space for him to work with. Enjoy the game, and the second-day of turkey day goodies.
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet, NBA TV