The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of back-to-back disappointing outings, but hopefully being in Brooklyn to face the Nets gives them a needed jolt of energy. Lonzo Ball has been ruled out of the final two games of the road trip, putting in question whether he’ll be able to suit up again before the less-than-a-week-away deadline.
D’Angelo Russell will certainly draw plenty of attention from fans and analysts alike watching the game, the Lakers’ former franchise point guard getting back into the rhythm of playing after missing 32 games. He’s played in six of the Nets’ last seven games since coming back from his knee procedure, dropping 22 points in 16 minutes when he last stepped on the court against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Tyler Ennis vs. D’Lo game will be one for the record books, certainly. It’ll be when Jordan Clarkson and Russell share the court that might actually be interesting, though, if we’re being honest.
Frustration seems to be bubbling back to the surface again for the Lakers, who started to look like they’d moved on from their air-it-out meeting once they started winning again. Two losses later, Brook Lopez admitted he was feeling the sting of playing a season-low nine minutes in the Lakers’ loss to the Orlando Magic. We’ll see how that plays into his first game playing in Brooklyn since being traded last summer.
The trade deadline is days away, cranking up the tension around a team that already felt the front office’s glare from the shadows. Hopefully they can keep their focus on the opponent in front of them as the road trip winds down.
Enjoy the game!
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet