The Los Angeles Lakers’ first long road trip of the season has not been kind to them, to say the least. After fighting their way to a 5-6 record (4-3 at home) to start the season, the Lakers have dropped three consecutive games, all away from home. Not even Lonzo Ball’s historic triple-double against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday was enough to get the Lakers back on track.
However, after facing legitimate playoff contenders like the Boston Celtics (12-2), the Washington Wizards (7-5) and to a lesser extent, the Bucks (6-6) all within the span of four days, the Lakers will try to regain confidence as they visit a struggling Phoenix team.
The Phoenix Suns (5-9) were on a five-game losing streak before upsetting the Minnesota Timberwolves in Phoenix on Friday. Devin Booker and T.J. Warren combined for 70 of the Suns’ 118 points. It’s going to take another big night from those two if the Suns want to make it two in a row on Monday.
When the Lakers last played the Suns earlier this season, they came out on top with a narrow 132-130 victory behind Ball’s 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
Leading the way for the Suns with 28 points that night was Eric Bledsoe, who was traded to the Bucks after making it clear that he didn’t want to be in Phoenix. Ironically, the Suns won their first two games without him, but have severely missed his presence on the floor since.
Greg Monroe, who the Suns acquired in the Milwaukee trade, has yet to suit up for the Suns and will likely sit out again Monday vs. the Lakers with a calf injury. Monroe is expected to be bought out if the Suns can’t find a suitor for him before the trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Suns have an abundance of young talent, but very few that are ready to contribute this season, which is why the Lakers should have no problem going up 2-0 on the season series with a win Monday.
Enjoy the game!
Time: 6:00 p.m P.T.
TV: Spectrum SportsNet, FSA