The Los Angeles Lakers are the matinee feature Sunday afternoon, hosting the New York Knicks in a 12:30 p.m. PT early showdown. Lonzo Ball was ruled out of the game early Saturday, while Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were both listed as questionable.
Julius Randle has a big role to play Sunday, having to match up against Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis is averaging 23.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 assists per game, while shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc. Randle, who started as the Lakers’ small-ball center in the starting lineup last outing, will have plenty of work to do to keep Porzingis out of rhythm.
The Lakers got a massive boost out of Jordan Clarkson to nab their first win of the season sans Lonzo Friday night. Clarkson was in his zone, playing within the flow of the game and stacking up 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Carrying forward that kind of vibe would be huge for the Lakers, who could once again be incredibly shorthanded.
It’s also an important game for the Lakers to try and tuck away. The Lakers next face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, then embark on a five game road trip as they barrel toward the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Picking up a win over New York before things get tougher in the schedule department would be big.
Enjoy the game, which is hopefully a a nice brunch showing from the purple and gold.
Time: 12:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet, MSG