The Lakers are back in action at Staples Center tonight to host the Minnesota Timberwolves and extend a warm welcome to longtime Laker Kurt Rambis.

The Lakers are one of the leagues two remaining unbeaten teams along with the New Orleans Hornets.

The Purple and Gold are seeking their 12th straight win over the Timberwolves as well as an 8 – 0 start for the second time in team history. They’re scoring a league-best 114 points per game which just happens to be the exact amount of points the Timberwolves are allowing and ranking dead last in the NBA in points allowed. They have struggled mightily losing 40 of 45 on the road since the start of last season.

The Lakers all-time record against the Wolves at the Staples Center is 17-4. However, the Wolves lead the league in rebounding by posting 48.7 per game.

The Wolves have been terrible of late, being treated like a Piñata; losing to Miami by 32, Orlando by 42, Memphis by 20, and Houston by 26. Despite the love that the Lakers have for Kurt Rambis, there will be a Purple and Gold addition to the above mentioned list.

The Lakers are playing in an excellent rhythm right now and receiving contributions from everyone. Their starters are getting the job done and the renegades are producing with little to no drop off when relieving the first unit. Tonight’s game won’t really be a game that challenges them, but the defending world champions will not have a let down or play down to their competition.

The Lakers defense is solid, but needs to continue to improve. They’re 13th in the league in points allowed (100.4) which is in the middle of the pack. Their defense will improve as the season goes on and with the return of Andrew Bynum.

You’re not going to see playoff intensity defense in November, but there is room for improvement in points allowed, points in the paint, turnovers and the need to play defense without fouling.

Kevin Love is the Wolves best all-around player despite his limited minutes. He’s a better rebounder and passer than he is a scorer. They’re a young team being overwhelmed; this won’t be the night for that trend to end.

The Lakers will move to 8-0 this season by running the triangle offense to perfection, using excellent ball movement and player movement, playing solid defense, and executing down the stretch.

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: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Luke Walton)
  • Minnesota: 1130 AM KFAN (Allan Horton & John Focke)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Sore Left Knee) Probable
  • Luke Walton (Strained Right Hamstring) Probable

Timberwolves:

  • PG Luke Ridnour (Strained Left Hamstring) Listed as Questionable
  • SG Martell Webster (Back Pain) Out
  • PG Jonny Flynn (Left Hip) Out
  • WESAM IBRAHIM

    EZ W

  • MUNTHER ENNABI

    8 0 HERE WE COME

  • joseph ennabi

    gr8, we need to blow em out, keep the starters to little minutes so we can be fully rested for our first real test of the season thursday in denver

  • issa ennabi

    oh yeah, this shall be money in the bag, take it to the bank…..

  • FERAS IBRAHIM

    go lakers, the wolves have seriously got no shot….too funny

  • Jackie

    this should b a snooze fest, lol….i luv my lake show but sumtimes blowouts put me too sleep

  • larry ennabi

    go lakers, kick wolves but….bring on miami……….kobe mvp

    • Cedar Block

      You aint a real fan stop worrying about miami Damn You fell right into the media’s hand

  • kobeFINALMVP2011

    man the lakers got this one

  • Lakersno834

    This just in.. John Hollinger has ranked Lakers as Number 2 team behind Miami. Oh man.. he’s such a hater.

  • larry ennabi

    hey ceder block, get ur head out of ur a$$….what better way to 3peat…to knock out the 3 heat…….imagine kobe’s legacy winning his jordan tying 6th ring by knocking out the almighty media crowned nba champion heat….think outside the box, expand ur horizon………funny how people talk without trying to think first

    • le-elbow =)

      i want to either beat the celtics in the finals or the heat in the finals, the celtics so they can stfu, the heat so espn and bandwagoners can stfu, either one will be fine

    • 242LakerFan

      That would be nice for real. But I think beating Boston again would be even better.
      Magic beat Boston twice after losing to them. Kobe would equal that record as he wins his sixth title to go ahead of Magic and catch MJ.
      At the same time it would prove that the Three um-Egos are not the unstoppable force everyone, especially idiots like Hollinger, believes. It would take them right out of any conversation about being on our level.
      There are two great teams in basketball and this would give the Lakers a clear claim to the number 1 spot. We have the most wins as a franchise, the most Conf Championships and Finals appearances, the best winning percentage, the best collection of players of all time and the greatest coach of all time. The only thing Boston still holds over us is number of Championships. No, gimme Boston again. Miami can sink back into irrelevancy for the time being.

  • kobeFINALMVP2011

    i dunt care who we play cedick/3 clown heat whatever bring it on

  • http://therealkobebryant24.com KB24 fan

    This game scares me, hope the lakers play with urgency

  • Sheds

    In your face Hollinger, damn heat lover.

  • dez

    “Barnes, Blake, and Brown…..”

    the killer B’s

  • wbgk1979

    Not very convincing W, but the Lakeshow got the job done.
    As a dutchman it’s also very nice to see Francisco Elson drop those free throws against the heat with 0.4 on the clock and securing the W for the Jazz.

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