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Lakers vs. Nuggets Preview: The return to STAPLES Center

The Lakers are officially home for the first time this preseason.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers had a day to digest their preseason-opening loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and get to give things another go Monday night against the Denver Nuggets.

While it won’t have the same “preseason opener” buzz, it will be the new squad’s first game at STAPLES Center. That means we’ll get to watch Lonzo Ball and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Kyle Kuzma grace the home of Lakers basketball for the first time, which should make for some great energy in the building.

Brook Lopez, Andrew Bogut and Josh Hart will all sit out for the second preseason game in a row. Luol Deng, however, will be available. How many minutes he plays will be interesting to see, especially with how complimentary the entire team has been of Corey Brewer playing a solid role as an end-of-the-bench wing in their uptempo offense.

Head coach Luke Walton wanted to keep the gameplan simple going into the opener, wanting the team to apply the tactics they’ve been working on through the first days of training camp. We’ll see if they’ve added any wrinkles to their approach, particularly once the offense steps into half-court sets.

With that, let’s just try and enjoy a Laker game tonight. There’s no way to beat around the bush on Oct. 2, 2017. It’s a tough day for the country after the horrifying tragedy in Las Vegas. A senseless shooting on the strip — a place I was spending the day with my girlfriend for her birthday since I’m a Las Vegas resident — has left families and friends broken.

If you, or someone you know, lost a loved one I’m so very sorry. The few people I knew that were there managed to walk away unharmed, but hundreds of people were not as fortunate. Our thoughts, and prayers, are with those affected. If you want to join me in donating, this is the place to do it on GoFundMe.

Tonight, we’ll try to watch some Lakers basketball together.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet, NBA TV