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Lakers vs. Nuggets Preview: Taking another crack at Denver

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Round 2, fight!

NBA: Preseason-Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers get another chance to pick up their first preseason win against the Denver Nuggets, heading to Ontario, California for their third exhibition game of the year.

The purple and gold got off to a solid start against Denver on Monday, but as they sputtered through the middle of the game, they were never quite able to put the brakes on a game that got away from them. credit Gary Harris and his 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

Head coach Luke Walton has been adamant that the process of growing from each preseason game is more important than the results, and a mulligan against Denver is the perfect chance to really hone in on that. The Lakers had a chance to size up and feel out what the Nuggets threw at them. Now, let’s see if they’re able to apply what they learned to find some preseason success.

The Lakers are also dealing with injuries already, which doesn’t feel great. Brook Lopez is hoping to make his Lakers debut on Sunday in Las Vegas. Brandon Ingram (head contusion), Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Larry Nance Jr. (sprained finger) will all be re-evaluated before the game. None of these setbacks are considered serious, but it’s worth keeping in mind heading into the game Wednesday night.

We saw some growth from the Lakers between Games 1 and 2, and hopefully we see the same in Game 3. Toss a win in, and we’ll be feeling just fine.

Time: 7:00 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet, NBA TV