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After three days rest, the (48-20) Los Angeles Lakers are back in action tonight and hosting the (17-52) Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Lakers have won all three of their match ups against the T-Wolves this season and 13 straight games overall.

The Pacific Division title is in sight for the Lakers. They could lock up their fourth straight division title with a win tonight and a Suns loss on Friday. However, they could care less. They do have that accomplishment as one of their goals, but a championship has been and will continue to be the singular focus.

The Lakers are 10-1 since the All-Star break and playing at an extremely high level. The defensive focus and offensive discipline have been huge. They need to continue to play at a high level for the last 14 games of the regular season as well as the post season. They have not played since Monday, the first of a seven-game home stand.

The T-Wolves do not pose a threat tonight. They have lost their last two games by an average of 19 points allowing 60+ points in the paint on one occasion.

The Lakers front line needs to come out aggressive and dominate both ends of the court. They will establish both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the post and allow them to go to work. Bynum is dominating defensively and rebounding at a high-level and look for that trend to continue.

T-Wolves forward Kevin Love’s impressive 53-game streak of double-doubles ended at the beginning of their three-game road trip. The way Bynum is playing, Love will have difficulty starting a new one.

The Lakers need to start their offense on the inside and attack the T-Wolves in the painted area. The  front line should end this game posting 50+ points, 30+ rebounds, 15+ assists and over 5 blocks.

This writer wants to see the Lakers dominate and their bench play productive minutes closing the show.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
T-wolves:
L. Ridenour, W. Johnson, M. Beasley, K. Love, D. Milicic

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Minnesota: KSTC-45 (Tom Hanneman & Jim Petersen)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Minnesota: 1130 AM KFAN (Allan Horton & John Focke)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Devin Ebanks (Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • Kobe Bryant (Sprained Left Ankle) Game-Time Decision

 

T-Wolves:

  • None
  • not6not7not8not9

    Kobe going for 40

  • http://thetruthrenaissance.wordpress.com/ BE_A_LakerFan

    K Love.. Bynum is coming for you. (Yeah I said it lol)

  • NBAmazkingKB24

    im seeing lakers shoot around before the game and Gasol can really knock those 3 pointers! he should shoot more of them in game!

    • LakerMarc

      Yeah cuz some of The Lakers ‘shooters’ cant shoot as of late!

      • riley

        I love how ya’ll try to be subliminal So let me get one in If “The Leader” Left and we got eliminated ppl like YOU would be the first ones to Bitch what you kids fail to realize when you injured a ankle THAT SHIT HURTS TO MOVE AROUND ON I Played basketball I know what it feels like to hurt an ankle HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED IN A DAMN GAME?

        NO YOU HAVENT YOU JUST A SIDELINE HO COMPLAINING WHEN WE STILL ARE WINNING I CAN SEE IF WE WAS LOSING BUT WE WINNING AND YOU STILL AINT SATISFIED! SMGDH