The Los Angeles Lakers get their third shot at the Golden State Warriors in the span of a month, heading up to the Bay Area to open a back-to-back ahead of their Christmas Day showdown against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers are 0-2 against the Warriors this season, taking the defending champions to overtime in each of those outings.
Stephen Curry is expected to miss the remainder of December with a sprained right ankle, but there’s a fairly high chance Draymond Green is ready to get back on the court after missing the last four games with shoulder soreness. Andre Iguodala missed Golden State’s previous game with an illness — I can relate right now — and his status is unclear for Round 3 against the Lakers.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be back in the fold, allowed to play games in California while he serves a 25-day detention after violating his probation. It’s not ideal that he’ll be serving time when he’s not either at an official Lakers practice in El Segundo, or game in California, but it’s still probably better than nothing.
The Lakers have stepped up each time they’ve played the Warriors, competing with the champs blow-for-blow. LA is coming off a dramatic road victory over the Houston Rockets, riding the hot hand of Kyle Kuzma to the tune of 38 points and a W.
Can they finally secure a win over Golden State? Enjoy the game!
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN, CSBA