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Game Recap: Timberwolves Snap 22-Game Losing Streak To Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home tonight after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game of a three game road The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home tonight after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game of a three game road Rating:
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Game Recap: Timberwolves Snap 22-Game Losing Streak To Lakers

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iThe Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home tonight after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game of a three game road trip. Steve Nash will be back in the starting line-up after sitting out against the Pelicans and Chris Kaman will continue to start in place of Shawne Williams. The Lakers face a tough assignment in Kevin Love who has been averaging monster numbers this season that include 27.2 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. Pau Gasol has struggled the last few games and will look to have a strong game to avoid a two game losing streak and help push the Lakers into winning their 24th consecutive game over the Timberwolves.

First Quarter

The Lakers get off to a slow start missing their first two shots but Pau Gasol get the first shot to go in to put the Lakers on the board. The Timberwolves were off to a slow start as well missing their first few shots before connecting on a layup and a three pointer. After missed shots by both Chris Kaman and Nick Young they both get a couple of shots to go down to give them their first points of the game. Kevin Love hits his second 3-pointer of the game as the Wolves begin to heat up. Young gets a long jumper to go down but Kevin Martin responds by hitting one of his own. Gasol gets himself going with a small hook shot but Love continues to shoot the ball well hitting his third three pointer on the other end. The Lakers get their second turnover of the game and it leads to another three pointer by the Wolves before a timeout is called. The Lakers find themselves down by nine.

Out of the time out the Wolves start where they left off with another three pointer by Love. Gasol gets another hook shot to go down giving him six points in the game but the Lakers cannot pick it up on defense as the Wolves get another long jumper to go down. With most of the Laker starters on the bench the Wolves continue to show more energy getting a steal that leads to a jump shot by Martin who now has 16 points. The Lakers cannot get going offensively with another missed shot by Xavier Henry and the team is 6-19 from the field. A turnover by Farmar leads to another bucket by the Wolves. Jordan Hill gets a shot to go down off an assist by Meeks but hits a three pointer right after. The Lakers start to show some fight getting two steals with Farmar hitting a layup and going to the line on the next possession. The quarter comes to an end with the Wolves leading the Lakers 47-23.

Second Quarter

A bad start to the quarter with a bad pass by Farmar that leads to two points for the Wolves. Meeks gets the first three pointer to go down for the Lakers and makes a layup on the next possession. The Wolves have cooled off a bit while the Lakers’ second unit is showing a lot more aggressiveness than the starting unit. Out of a timeout Henry hits a jump shot to give him his first points of the game. Love turns it over and Farmar takes the ball inside missing a layup but it is put back in by Hill. The Lakers get a break with Martin missing an easy layup. Henry aggressively drives into the paint where he is fouled but he misses both free throws. Both teams are running the floor but looking sloppy as they miss shots close to the rim until Brewer gets a layup in for the Wolves. Gasol gets a running hook shot to give him eight points in the game. Steve Blake hits a three pointer bring the lead down to 18. Pekovic gets an offensive rebound and hits a layup while Blake hits a jump shot giving him eight points. A turnover by Kaman leads to a dunk by Love who now has 20 points. Kaman hits a jump shot off a pass by Gasol before a timeout is called.

The Lakers come out of the timeout giving up a jump shot and turning the ball over two times with one ending in a dunk by Brewer. Gasol gets his second turnover of the game giving the Lakers 10 turnovers in the game. The Wolves get a layup and a free throw off the turnover. Blake gets a three pointer to go down with the clock winding down. The Wolves turn the ball over and Young throws down a dunk. Another turnover by the Wolves as the half comes to an end with Minnesota ahead 67-48.

Third Quarter

Kevin Love gets the quarter started attempting a three pointer but Gasol comes over to block it. Young misses a shot on the other end and the Lakers do not get back defensively with Pekovic getting an easy layup. Kaman makes a move to the basket and misses with Gasol getting fouled trying to get the rebound. Kaman tries to go to the basket again but loses the mall for another Laker turnover. The Lakers break down defensively and the Wolves get an easy drive to the basket. Kaman turns the ball over again giving the Lakers twelve turnovers and the Wolves are on a 7-0 run. Kaman hits a jump shot off an assist by Blake. The Wolves get consecutive jump shots while Blake hits his third three pointer of the game. Martin gets a layup before a timeout is called and the Wolves are just outplaying the Lakers.

Out of the time out gets a three pointer to go down but the Lakers still trail by 34. Gasol shows some defense getting three straight blocks but Pekovic returns the favor blocking a layup attempt by Williams. Blake gets his fourth three pointer and hits a jump shot to lead the Lakers in scoring with 16 points. Hill gets his seventh rebound of the game and Williams hits a three pointer on the offensive end. The Lakers play good defense but Martin still gets a three pointer to go with the shot clock winding down. Both teams exchange buckets and then also turn the ball over before Meeks dunks the ball. The Lakers are showing a lot of effort with Blake hitting another three and forcing a turnover. Meeks gets to the line and hit two free throws before the quarter ends with the Lakers trailing 90-76.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers open the quarter with a missed layup by Henry while the Wolves get a layup to go down. Hill gets a hook shot but on the other end the Wolves are not slowing down hitting another three pointer. The Wolves turn the ball over stepping out of bounds and the Lakers take advantage with a nice pass by Henry leading to a dunk by Johnson. Rubio gets his 13th assist as he passes the ball to Love who makes a layup. Henry gets a dunked block and the Barea hits a jumper for the Wolves before a timeout and the Wolves are up by 20.

Hill travels turning the ball over out of the timeout and the Wolves take advantage getting a layup on their end. The Lakers cannot get anything going offensively missing consecutive shots. Wolves continue to have their way with Barea getting in the paint for another layup. Johnson hits a three pointer off a pass by Blake. Brewer responds with a three of his own. Gasol tries to work his way inside but misses and is now 4-11 from the field. Gasol turns the ball over but Meeks gets it backs and passes it to Williams for the layup. Pekovic gets called for a 3-second violation and Gasol gets fouled but only gets one free throw to go down. The reserves for both teams and the Timberwolves win 113-90.

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  • Gregory Choa

    With no Kobe and no Steve Nash, this is a Lakers team without any real leadership on the floor…and I say this with all due respect to Pau, who just isn’t that guy. There are some nice individual pieces on the roster, but it lacks the synergist who can take command and lead these units on the floor…and, no, that’s not Mike D’Antoni people. Look, the bottom line is that this team will battle every night, and they’ll be reasonably competitive, but without Kobe and Nash, they’re just not going to be great, or even consistently good.

    My only hope is that these kind of (bad) losses don’t conspire to rush Kobe back into a premature return. He should continue his rehab and make his return only when he’s good and ready, irrespective to how the team performs in the win-loss column.

    • Paytc

      I agree ! But I am not too sure about Nash being able to return fully enough to be that leader.
      I think Nash is now at a stage where he has to come off the bench as a spark plug and mentor to others. I hope he proves me wrong but only Nash knows what he has left and what lengths he’s willing to stretch. Kobe needs to put his health before any desire to return prematurely. All the best to Kobe,Nash,and the Lakers !

  • Lakers Fan

    Just tank the season already! This team is going no where this year. I didn’t even watch this game, and I’m glad I didn’t. Man it hurts to see this team play the way they are playing. There is no leadership, no defense, and no go to scorer to help them out. I don’t want to hear anything about “This is the Lakers, we don’t tank”. As deep as this upcoming draft is, we have a future star in one of those top picks. It’s time to face reality and realize even Kobe can’t come back and save this team. There is no defense being played, and Kobe just hasn’t been a stud defensive player these last couple of years. I know tanking might not be a part of this organization, but remember the Lakers haven’t always been on top, the 90s being a prime example. If we let this season go, we are guaranteed a top pick to go along with a boat load of free cap space. Nobody might not agree with me, but that’s the best way to go right now and the most logical.

    • LakeShow

      I do agree with you completely. Only delusional fans think that Lakers can win the title just by trading players or sign players from free agency. Here’s the flaws: -

      1. Lakers have nobody that is tradeable to get good player in return. No team in NBA is stupid enough to giveaway their young players for old, washed up and injury proned players.

      2. Other than LeBron and Carmelo, there is nobody else from 2014 that can be considered franchise player. Even if Lakers get one of them, there is no guarantee championship and the team need time to build chemistry (maybe 1 – 2 years). And by the time they are ready, these players are getting old and the Lakers need to rebuild again.

      3. Even if Kobe returns, how many seasons left for him? If Lakers wait until Kobe retires to start total rebuilding, it would take years before Lakers can contend. And the draft may not be as deep as 2014 and Lakers need to REALLY tank the season to get 1st pick to get the best player.

      4. The last 5 titles that Lakers won are not just because of Kobe but also PHIL JACKSON. Without the Zen Master, Lakers need more talents to fight for the titles. Free agency alone is not going to cut it.

      5. Kobe salary. He won’t take huge paycut. The best solution to get another star without having to pay a big contract (until Kobe retires) is by having rookie player from lottery pick.

      Only selfish Laker fans say “This is the Lakers, we don’t tank” because they don’t want to sacrifice a season for the future. Unless players like Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, or other young stars suddenly acting like Dwight and want to leave their current team, I just don’t see Lakers getting anyone good from free ageny.

      By the time these fans (“This is the Lakers, we don’t tank”) realized that nobody is coming to the Lakers, it’s too late to do anything.

      Pro Player Comparison:

      Wiggins – T-Mac/Mini-Lebron & Kobe
      Jabari – Paul Pierce/Carmelo
      Julius Randle – Chris Webber
      Dante Exum – Russell Westbrook
      Marcus Smart – James Harden

      Is being no 8th seeded and get eliminated in the 1st round really worth throw away the opportunity to get these players?

      For those who don’t agree, please come up with better solutions and the players that we can get without tanking. It is easy to say “This is the Lakers, we don’t tank”, but giving no solutions.

      • ra

        I don’t think they need to ‘try’ to tank. As a team, the Lakers are still somewhat exciting, but may just barely be playoff contenders anyway.

        In the meantime, Kobe should def. not try to come back soon. He should take the Nash injury as a message to stay out longer. Kobe def. can’t carry the team like he did last year. That led to the injury in the first place, and now that he’s recovering, there could be a chance for some type of re-injury.

        MJ was out 2 years for baseball. Kobe should take a ‘break’, and come back (maybe later on in the season) for a 2nd wind. Let the team stay as it is now, no trades, no signings – if they don’t make playoffs, so be it. If they ‘magically’ reach the finals, then so be it.

      • Lakers Fan

        Finally somebody with some sense. Laker fans are so spoiled that we think we can always steal a star player from another team. Although that holds some truth, who will want to come play with an aging Nash/Gasol and Kobe returning from a devastating injury. I want Kobe to be at 100% when he comes back. I don’t want him to rush, because that’s a recipe for disaster. I love the Lakers, but I really think they should tank. That way we can bring in a young stud and build towards the future. Not only that, but there are players like Greg Monroe and Deng who will be free agents. If any Laker Fans are satisfied with just getting to the first round and getting sent home, then our pride for this team has really hit an all time low. We want championships, not first round eliminations.

  • Jim213

    Thanks to the bench players for trying to cut the lead given the games was lost by the starters in the first quarter. Just a matter of time before Gasol and the coach starting rooting with the rest.

    • Jim213

      Give credit to Jordan Hill for his play (HEART) 9 rebounds in 19 minutes as opposed to K Love’s 13 in 38 min. They definitely need to start Hill given the team’s weakness on the boards. If Blake and Meeks happen to start they’ll enjoy playing with him which includes Kaman given that Hill is a passer and scores when he needs to given the circumstance.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      LOL

  • e3bonz

    Are the Lakers any worse so far this season than that they were this time last year?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    It pains me to say this but Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson are not who i thought they were.They will be gone in no time if they keep playing crappy tbh.Step Up!Lakers got crushed at home by Timberwolves.Just sucks to get blown out tbh.Damn it.

  • Leo

    If I were Kobe, I would sit out the entire season…

  • H.Y.

    mike d’antoni is not the problem , the problems are the players who can’t play basketball!!!

    we all love and respect kobe ,but we can’t put all the weight on him , we need better players ,a players who will step up for the franchise ,players who will be worthy of being called a lakers !

    until then our only hope is kobe #mambabeback

    • 3339

      dantoni isn’t helping anything. he’s got to go. The players don’t know what their supposed to do except shoot under him. They need a real leader.

  • JohnC

    ”Gasol shows some defense getting three straight blocks”

    It is a great example: if Howard, or anyone else, blocks three shots in so little time someone builds up and sells ‘block party’ recap video – but with Gasol it is just ‘some defense’. Too many players have taken part in the All-Star Game with similar or lower numbers & contributions, being praised, admired… but Gasol with bigger stats has been insulted.

    Please name another player who has been more unfairly treated through his career than the two times NBA champion Pau Gasol.

    • e3bonz

      I was thinking the same thing, 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 Blocked shots and still he gets thrown under the bus.

  • 3339

    This is exactly what I feared would happen this year. Nash is done, which is unfortunate b/c he’s a class act player. dantoni is f*cking clueless. I mean seriously this guy never should’ve got the Lakers job. His coaching style is bs and not a championship style. Management is way too smart to keep him. I seriously think the only reason he’s here is because management wants a high draft pick.Wasted season. Lakers will occasionally have a nice win then follow it up with some ugly losses because their style of play lives and dies by 3 pointers. dantoni has got to go. If the Lakers get a pick draft pick + big free agents, that will require a coach who knows how to lead and make adjustments. dantoni isn’t that guy.
    I fear with this team that if Kobe comes back he’ll try and do it all himself. tough times for the Lakers.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Take the name Lakers off the front of jersey of players like Xavier,Wesley,Shawne,Meeks and people would be expecting them to lose most their games.Just because the front of the jersey says Lakers doesn’t mean these draft busts will become great player tbh.The young 1 year contract players the Lakers signed in the off season have been on losing teams their whole careers now they come to the Lakers bringing the same bad work habits and a losers mentality.The only player that was a winner in the past was Farmar.

  • Elcid Martinez

    At this point the Lakers need to start players that have shown consistency and effort. IMO, Hill,Kaman and Meeks have done this. Blake, Farmar, Young and Johnson have played ok. Xavier is still to inconsistent. Gasol, Williams and Nash should come off the bench.

    Starting line up:
    PG – Farmar
    SG – Meeks/Blake
    SF – Young/Johnson
    PF – Hill
    C – Kaman

    Second unit:
    PG- Nash
    SG – Xavier
    SF – Johnson/Young
    PF – Williams/Kelly
    C – Gasol

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Just because the young players the FO brought in are Lakers doesn’t mean people know who the hell these guys are.90& of the casual basketball fan has no idea who these players are IMO.They are just getting a chance to showcase their skills on the biggest stage of all in LA under the bright lights of Hollywood.So far fail none of these guys should be signed to a big contract.I would re-sign Xavier Henry to a 2 year + team option for roughly $3 million per season.Also i would re-sign Wesley Johnson to another 1 year veteran minimum deal.But all the other youngsters,see ya later alligator.

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