The Los Angeles Lakers turned a blowout into a game with some intrigue down the stretch against the Chicago Bulls, but hopefully they saved some gas in the tank for the Milwaukee Bucks. They set out on the second half of this back-to-back set looking to snap a five-game losing streak, their last win coming on Feb. 4.
Head coach Byron Scott again clarified following the loss that D'Angelo Russell will finish the season in the starting lineup, giving the No. 2 pick a chance to close his rookie campaign on a (hopefully) high note. Russell played well against the Bulls, and with 25 games left to stretch his legs a bit, how he handles the role is a key aspect to keep an eye on. Kobe Bryant has made it clear he wants to play in as many of the final games left of his career as he can, so barring any last minute changes, expect the Mamba to suit up in Milwaukee.
Michael Carter-Williams is an interesting match up for Russell, though Jason Kidd is playing him off the bench. Jabari Parker and Julius Randle matching up should be an intriguing battle as well.
The season has been dreary, but it's all downhill from here as Kobe wraps up his career and the youngsters wrap up their first year together. We aren't tuning in for "winning" basketball at this point, just a chance to enjoy what we have left of the '15-16 season.
Time: 5 p.m. PT
TV: TWCSN, FSWI