Today is Friday, February 1. Here is what we know at this hour. The Los Angeles Lakers will be visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the Target Center, 9:30pm, eastern time – game to be televised on ESPN. The T-Wolves call Minneapolis their home and play in NBA’s western conference. The Lakers used to be play in Minneapolis until they didn’t. It is expected to be five degrees outside the Target Center by game time. In local Minny news, a Taser lost by a police officer was used to rob a Subway. The T-Wolves are currently in 12th place, just one game behind the Lakers who are in 10th. That’s about all I got. Here’s some links.
Ramona Shelburne at ESPN writes about Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash, struggling to rekindle the old days.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register also examines the coach and player relationship, adding that Nash needs to try a little selfishness.
Mike Bresnahan at the LATimes reports that Dwight Howard is day-to-day due to his torn labrum.
Eric Pincus with the LATimes offers a short list of players who fit within the Lakers disabled player exception.
Ben Rosales at Silver Screen and Roll looks at this thing logically – despite the loss in Phoenix the Lakers are playing a solid brand of ball.
Jon Krawzynski for the AP and Yahoo writes about a show of support from T-Wolf Ricky Rubio for his fellow countryman Pau Gasol.
Jabari Davis at Lakers Nation offers a pregame report for tonight’s ice follies.
In other news, Adrian Wojnarwoski from Yahoo Sports reports that NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence. The process was led by Derek Fisher. I wonder where this leaves Hunter’s favorite sycophant, Mo Evans?
Dwight Howard won’t suit up tonight in Minneapolis. Pau Gasol will start at center position with Earl Clark at the four. For the T-Wolves, Kevin Love is still out with a broken hand. On paper this looks like a nice opportunity for the Lakers who need every nice opportunity they can get. As for any larger narratives, expect whoever’s calling the game tonight to ask endless questions about whether Kobe Bryant will continue passing the ball. The likeliest candidate for a B-story is the Mike & Pau show with the principals supplying enough one-liners to keep the ball rolling, so to speak. Let’s just hope for a win tonight and leave it at that.