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Game Recap: Lakers Lose Seventh Straight Game In Minnesota

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The Lakers welcomed Steve Nash and Steve Blake back into the starting lineup as they attempted to end their six-game losing streak.

First Quarter

The Lakers came out struggling to get stops in the first quarter, as Kevin Martin scored nine of the Timberwolves first 11 points. However, the flow on the offensive end was much better, as Nash and Blake’s presence on the floor helped create better ball movement within the starting lineup. The uptempo pace would aid Nash, as he was able to get four points and four assists in the quarter despite being limited. Towards the end of the quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 9-2 run to open up a double-digit lead.

Score:  Lakers trail 38-26.

Second Quarter

In the second quarter, the Timberwolves stepped on the gas and extended their lead. They got out in the fast break and ran, and as a result they were able to get a lot of easy baskets in transition. The Lakers struggled to get points, only scoring five points in the first five minutes of the period. Soon the deficit had grown to 20 points before the half-point mark of the quarter. A bright spot in the quarter was the offense of Manny Harris. He was able to score 12 points in the period, but that largely didn’t help, as the Timberwolves continued to score.

Score: Lakers trail 68-52

Third Quarter

The Lakers and Timberwolves traded baskets for the first three minutes of the second half, as neither team proved that they were capable of getting defensive stops. However the Lakers went on a min-run in the middle of the quarter to cut the lead single digits as result of their ability to get easy baskets in transition. The defense shored up in third due to the energy and effort from Manny Harris and Wesley Johnson. That run would ultimately give them a chance to make a miracle happen in the fourth quarter if they were going to end their six game losing streak.

Score: Lakers trail 89-78

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers came out in the fourth quarter and cut the Timberwolves lead to seven points after two early baskets from Kendall Marshall and Nick Young. Momentum had seemed to be swinging in the Lakers favor, but time essentially ran out for them. They failed to take advantage of the many opportunities that they had to close they gap and give themselves a chance, and as a result they lost their seventh game in a row.

Score: Lakers fall to the Timberwolves, 109-99

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeah neverending story another loss.Welcome back both Steve’s.

    • Jim213

      Have them going 5 and 5 (though it could be 4-6) next 10 games for a 21-37 record. This team may likely end up being the worst for an 82 game season if they don’t win 30+ games this season.

      • e3bonz

        I think that’s being fairly optimistic, not impossible, but I see more like 3-7.

        • Jim213

          Next 10= Cavs, 76ers, Bulls, Jazz, OKC, Rockettes, Celts, Nets, Pacers, and Grizz. A little optimistic but it may come down to how soon some of the other bigs return.

  • Daryl Peek

    Another tuff loss but I’m happy with the effort on defense and the better offensive flow. Nash made a HUGE difference in his time on the floor and Blake is the reason our defense got better. Again, I can’t give enough props to Blake for his guts and heart. His elbow is not 100 and he played through that ruptured ear drum. You can see the hesitation in Blake not wanting to shoot jumpers. Sacre surprised me with a solid effort. Kaman was rusty as hell. Manny Harris looked like a player that wants to stay around. Hopefully Meeks and Hill’s injuries aren’t that serious.

    • e3bonz

      I thought the offense ran pretty smooth, lacking a little fire power, but overall pretty good on the defense too. Nash looked better than I thought he would.

      • Daryl Peek

        Sacre Kelly and Kaman have got to give us more effort on the boards. That was the huge in this game. If Rob anf Ryan are gonna get that many minutes at the C & PF spots 6 rebounds between them is not gonna cut it!

        • e3bonz

          No argument here, we missed Pau’s effort tonight, and JMeeks getting hurt didn’t help. Yes, props to Manny.

          • Daryl Peek

            If Meeks is out I hope we keep Manny. I like his game.

          • hookedonnews

            They’ll have to give him a real contract if he stays. I would like to see him signed, but I don’t know if they would consider it because of the financial implications. We really need him IMO, but I don’t know if the FO will agree. It’s all about the money and cap space, etc.

          • Daryl Peek

            Yeah, just like Elias Harris. I liked his game and potential also but we just can’t afford to keep too many projects this season.

          • hookedonnews

            We could have used him tonight. Can’t believe this continuing injury disaster.

          • Daryl Peek

            This mess is insane this season! Who would’ve thought it could get any worse than last year?!?

          • hookedonnews

            D’Antoni may have to suit up before it’s over. You have to laugh. It’s just crazy. Heard that Farmar was just cramping up so that’s good news. I was afraid it was the calf or the hamstring again. He played great. I’m glad it wasn’t serious. Hope Young’s knee isn’t going to keep him out.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Good to see Manny Harris playing awesome tonight.Must reconsider IMO.

  • Jim213

    They’ve exceeded my expectations. Had them goin 3-7, go 2-8. =O

    Aside of that too bad a guaranteed contract player can’t be canned to keep Harris around.

  • The Lakers Tank Commander

    Lakers lost.Record 16-32.Lakers 3 way tie for 5th pick.Tank wars coming up.Tank!

    • Jim213

  • Sti1lmatic

    Wow…..I run to subway and Meeks is hurt. Let’s just lose each game from this point on.

  • Chyeah

    Again, not surprised that they lost again. I expect at most 5 wins this month, it would be a miracle if they won more than that. Offseason can’t come quickly enough.

    • Jim213

      Take that vacation.

    • hookedonnews

      Once Gasol, Meeks, and Hill are back that should make a difference. If Nash can stay healthy and Henry can return it shouldn’t be all doom & gloom. Kobe will be back eventually. Not looking for the offseason myself. Even with the losses, I’m not ready for the season to end.

  • J24

    Anyone else hold their breath when kLove went down! I was like damn Sacre he’s our future Franchise player, better get down on both knees and grind the pepper for forgiveness, haha. Kidding of course

    • Jim213

      Yeah, but he needs to work on driving to the paint while taking contact IMO. Looked like he could’ve moved more towards the left to avoid contact but Sacre was there while inside the cylinder.

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