The Lakers, after a day off, are back in business tonight against the Timberwolves. We’ve already done this dance once already, so there is somewhat of a blueprint here. That game, on opening night, was a tough loss to swallow, but showed some promise on what could be this season. It seems, though, what has transpired is that the losing of the big lead and the Lakers not recovering was more foreshadowing than the getting the big lead in the first place.
In any event, the Lakers come in 3-18 on the season and if I’m being completely honest, the frustrations — not from the losing, necessarily, but from mechanics of how those losses were achieved — leaves me with little of substance to say.
With that, here is my quick-take-of-little-substance-game-preview*. I hope you enjoy it.
If the Lakers are to win today, they must come out focused and ready to play. They have to be into it from the opening tip. This is a big boy’s league and that means coming to work every day. They cannot be soft. They have to man up. They need to play in a way that makes their coach want to be in a foxhole with them.
These young guys, they haven’t earned the right to come out and not give their all for every minute they’re in the game. Playing in this league is a privilege that is not guaranteed. They need to act like it and perform. While patience is required, now is not the time for patience.
Now go get that win.
Where you can watch: 5:00pm start time on TWC Sportsnet. Also listen on ESPN Radio 710AM.
*I just had to get that off my chest. Enjoy the game tonight, folks. I have a family commitment that will keep me from watching the game live. With this being Kobe’s last game in Minnesota, I expect the crowd — as it has been in recent road games — to be supportive and lively. I hope this translates to an all around good game worth the time we all continue to invest into watching. With that, I’ll be back at it tomorrow.