The Los Angeles Lakers are set to wear their Sunday white jerseys for the first time of the season as they host the New Orleans Pelicans in STAPLES Center. The Lakers had Saturday off after wrapping up their season-opening back-to-back with a win, resting up before Game 3 of 82.
Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are going to be a problem for the Lakers, who haven’t exactly been cleaning up the boards in their first two games. The bright side? New Orleans remains winless through their first two outings, though they did already have to line up against the Golden State Warriors.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is back on the active list after serving his two-game suspension, which should help normalize some of head coach Luke Walton’s rotation. We saw Corey Brewer step up as a defensive presence on the perimeter in Phoenix, a performance that might (and probably should) earn him playing time going forward.
There’s no reason to think Larry Nance Jr. will relinquish his role as the starting power forward, though. Julius Randle’s going through a dark phase to start the year, and whatever funk he has going on in his head and off the court is very-clearly playing out on the court. Hopefully he can start putting whatever it is behind him tonight.
Playing against Boogie has a way of bringing Julius to life:
Sunday should be fun. pic.twitter.com/xJJR2ZMIbE— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) October 21, 2017
We saw a lot of good things in Phoenix, but also saw that the defense is still farm from being fixed. Hopefully we got more of the good from Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and the defense looks a bit more effective with Caldwell-Pope at Walton’s disposal.
Enjoy the game, and let’s get another win!
Time: 6:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet, FSNO