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Lakers vs. Warriors: 3 Things to Know (10/14/19)
Home sweet home!
Here is what you need to know before the Lakers play their first game at STAPLES Center this preseason against the Golden State Warriors:
1) Time to fine tune
The team returned Sunday afternoon after a pair of preseason games in China and has 3 games against the Warriors on tap this week (also Wednesday at STAPLES Center, Friday in the Bay Area).
From now until Opening Night, Frank Vogel’s mission is to settle on a starting lineup and gain clarity as to the outline of a successful rotation.
After starting Anthony Davis at center on Saturday, odds are that we’ll see a return to a traditional center, especially after the former Pelican went down with a thumb sprain. Therefore, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will have up to 3 more chances to prove themselves before Vogel makes his final decision.
On the perimeter, LeBron James and Danny Green are likely locks, while Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley and possibly Alex Caruso are vying for the remaining spot.
More on that from Mike Trudell:
New Story: “Lakers Experiment with Differing Lineups” - a look at how Frank Vogel used different players around LeBron and AD in each of 3 preseason games, and how each group fared: https://t.co/BousNCQDx7— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 14, 2019
2) Waiting on injury updates
Davis was due for an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his hand injury, while Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker are also supposed to get checkups before proceeding to the next step in their rehab.
Meanwhile, Jared Dudley (quad), Quinn Cook (calf) and Troy Daniels (sprained left knee) didn’t play in the China finale but could see some action in the final week of preseason.
3) Keep an eye on your new South Bay Lakers
A combination of injuries, rest, and the nature of preseason matchups allowed a number of the Lakers’ younger faces to showcase their talents.
Kostas Antetokounmpo made his Lakers preseason debut on Saturday, scoring 9 points (3-7 from the field) and adding a steal. His fellow two-way player Zach Norvell Jr. scored 7 on Thursday against the Nets. Both are expected to be key contributors for Coby Karl’s SBL team in 2019-20.
Devontae Cacok (7 points, 5 rebounds on Saturday), Demetrius Jackson and David Stockton could also get extra run throughout these last 3 preseason games, especially if Vogel decides to rest some of his veterans.
Lakers: Anthony Davis (right thumb sprain) is TBD. Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction left foot), Talen Horton-Tucker (stress reaction right foot), and DeMarcus Cousins (torn left ACL) are out.
Warriors: Draymond Green (rest), D’Angelo Russell (rest), Klay Thompson (ACL surgery), Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot sprain) and Kevon Looney (hamstring) are out.
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN and 1330 Tu Liga
Unis: White Association
Location: STAPLES Center — Los Angeles, California
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