For the second time in a week, the Lakers will play consecutive games against the same team in back to back nights. This time, they close their preseason schedule with a game against the Warriors. And since we just did this last night and the Lakers won the game with relative ease, I’m going to keep this short with only one point to truly stress about tonight’s game. Please, oh please let this game end cleanly and without injury or any other issue for either team. Last night Steph Curry went down with a minor ankle sprain and the Lakers are already dealing with their fair share of injury issues. The real season starts on Tuesday and if everyone can escape unscathed, this game will be a success regardless of what the scoreboard says.
But, I feel like I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t talk about the game at least briefly. So, tonight Kobe Bryant will not only suit up, but he’ll play as well. I’m interested in seeing how many minutes he plays and how serious he takes the game, but the fans of Ontario should be happy that #24 in the home gold will suit up. On the other side of the floor, Steph Curry (he of the aforementioned rolled ankle) will likely not be in the lineup. He’s listed as day to day and, considering what’s at stake tonight (read: nothing) I doubt the young man suits up.
As for the rest of the Lakers, I hope to see more extended run for the bench guys. In the last two games they’ve played well and I’d like to see that continue tonight. I’m especially interested in whether or not Derrick Caracter gets into the game as he’s been on the shelf with back spasms the last few contests. If there’s one guy that could use some court action, it’s him so hopefully he gets in the game. With the Warriors, well…I really like their jerseys. And get Steph Curry healthy soon.
So enjoy the game tonight but rather than wish for a win, wish for good health. For both teams. There have been a fair amount of injuries this preseason and with a sure to be epic regular season approaching, no one enjoys seeing guys hurt or team’s chances being thrown off buy injuries. Our wait is almost over. Tuesday can’t get here soon enough.
Where you can watch: 7pm start time locally on KCAL and nationally on ESPN. Also listen live on ESPN Radio 710am.