Kurt Rambis’ return to Staples was spoiled as the Lakers win their eleventh straight game with an easy win over the young Minnesota Timberwolves.
For the second game in a row, the Lakers came out looking a little sluggish. Instead of pulling away from the Wolves before the halftime, they let the opponent stay close.
The Wolves were also able to hang with the Lakers partially due to Kobe having to leave mid-way through the 2nd quarter with a fractured index finger. Did that stop him? Not a chance. He returned to the game after halftime with his finger taped and played as if he never left by nailing a three and making a pretty reverse layup that helped extend the Lakers lead to ten.
The Lakers then went on a 12-0 run to finish off the quarter and pretty much controlled then game from there on out.
The Wolves are just too inexperienced and too small to stay with the Lakers. The Lakers dominated the boards and in the paint with their size. They have way too many weapons as well. Almost every Laker came in and contributed tonight.
Player of the Game: Pau played an overall great game. He filled the box score with 17 points, 20 rebounds, 7 assists, and a block and a steal.
Play of the Game: For one game only, I’m going to give this spot to a non-Laker player. Corey Brewer posterizing Derek Fisher mid-3rd quarter made him more than deserving of it.
What’s Up Next: The Lakers start their longest road trip of this young season tomorrow. First stop: Utah. It should be a very entertaining yet tough game, especially considering how Wednesday’s game vs. the Jazz ended.