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MINNESOTA (4 - 2) at LA LAKERS (3 - 4)
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Sunday, 11/10/2013 9:35 PM
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508LA LAKERS208.5208.5
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-2+2.24-23-3105.053.841.4%55.3100.550.245.4%54.8
Road Games1-1+0.42-01-1100.551.039.9%54.096.552.045.4%54.0
Last 5 Games3-2+1.24-12-3102.052.641.3%54.297.649.845.0%53.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.053.836-8841.4%7-2331.6%25-3180.1%5512231710153
vs opponents surrendering98.248.335-8342.7%7-2233.4%20-2676.3%531121209175
Team Stats (Road Games)100.551.034-8639.9%7-2727.3%24-3177.4%5411221512143
Stats Against (All Games)100.550.240-8845.4%8-2533.1%12-1675.0%551321268197
vs opponents averaging10050.738-8444.6%8-2236.5%17-2276.9%521121239175
Stats Against (Road Games)96.552.039-8745.4%7-2429.2%10-1287.5%541221258197

LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games3-4+0.84-34-398.351.340.9%55.7105.654.046.0%57.7
Home Games2-1+3.83-02-1102.053.041.7%
Last 5 Games2-3-23-22-395.652.840.4%55.8102.252.443.9%59.6
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)98.351.336-8840.9%10-2639.7%16-2371.5%561122226166
vs opponents surrendering100.149.137-8344.9%8-2236.7%18-2571.6%521022228165
Team Stats (Home Games)102.053.037-8841.7%10-2738.3%18-2572.4%601124226157
Stats Against (All Games)105.654.040-8746.0%9-2239.0%17-2567.2%5810261910135
vs opponents averaging103.251.538-8346.4%8-2238.0%18-2572.7%521023229155
Stats Against (Home Games)99.049.040-8944.6%7-2134.4%12-2158.7%561124209132
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.2,  LA LAKERS 97.9
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013OKLAHOMA CITY100-81W-2W201U33-7742.9%571529-8334.9%5121
11/3/2013@ NEW YORK109-100W3W195O35-7944.3%511240-8944.9%5316
11/4/2013@ CLEVELAND92-93L1.5W198U34-9436.2%571739-8545.9%5523
11/6/2013GOLDEN STATE93-106L0L209U34-9037.8%521942-8450.0%5821
11/10/2013@ LA LAKERS              
11/11/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
11/15/2013@ DENVER              
11/19/2013@ WASHINGTON              
11/20/2013LA CLIPPERS              
11/23/2013@ HOUSTON              
11/25/2013@ INDIANA              

LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/29/2013LA CLIPPERS116-103W10W202.5O42-9345.2%641941-8349.4%4916
10/30/2013@ GOLDEN STATE94-125L12.5L206O35-8939.3%471646-8653.5%5715
11/1/2013SAN ANTONIO85-91L7.5W208.5U30-8236.6%581238-9440.4%6112
11/5/2013@ DALLAS104-123L9L213O39-8844.3%471449-9452.1%5512
11/7/2013@ HOUSTON99-98W13.5W216U36-9239.1%592429-7737.7%6817
11/8/2013@ NEW ORLEANS85-96L9.5L202U31-8038.7%571438-8743.7%558
11/12/2013NEW ORLEANS              
11/13/2013@ DENVER              
11/22/2013GOLDEN STATE              
11/26/2013@ WASHINGTON              
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: Unlike last year, RICKY RUBIO should be 100 percent healthy for all of this season. He's one of the NBA's most creative playmakers. Now if only he could make a jump shot . . . KEVIN MARTIN has become much more of a catch-and-shoot player after years of attacking the basket and living at the line. He is coming off his best year shooting the ball . . . If the Wolves don't move J.J. BAREA, they'll have him in the sixth man role they initially envisioned before injuries destroyed the roster a year ago . . . ALEXEY SHVED did a nice job holding down this backcourt as a rookie last year, but he's a second-unit talent, which is the role he'll be in this season. FORWARDS: KEVIN LOVE should bounce back completely this season, as his hand injury is unlikely to linger. Lock him into the All-Star game . . . CHASE BUDINGER never got a chance to get going last season, but he's exactly the kind of spot-up shooter and savvy cutter who should thrive alongside Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, he is sidelined with a knee injury for several months . . . COREY BREWER gives the Timberwolves a defensive specialist to platoon with Budinger. Someone has to convince him he can't shoot, though . . . With Love back, DERRICK WILLIAMS returns to the bench as a seemingly never-ending project . . . SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD seems like a low-risk, but low-reward, second-unit scorer . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM will back up both post spots. He figures to play sparingly unless injuries hit. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC signed a $60M deal in August to return to the team and hold down the low post. He's an absolute beast on the offensive boards . . . GORGUI DIENG seems ready to help off the bench. He's a bit limited athletically and on offense, but can block shots . . . RONNY TURIAF will battle Dieng for bench minutes.
LA LAKERS: GUARDS: KOBE BRYANT is 35 and coming off a ruptured Achilles. Even if he is ready for the season opener (as expected), Achilles injuries have drained the athleticism out of younger men . . . STEVE NASH enters the year healthy, but the training staff has discussed a minutes cap for the 39-year-old point guard . . . NICK YOUNG could grab that other starting wing spot, opposite his boyhood idol. How those two gunners could co-exist is something we'd love to see . . . STEVE BLAKE looked good in this offense last season, but is strictly a back-up . . . JODIE MEEKS might shoot his way into a much bigger role this season . . . XAVIER HENRY will need to prove a lot to earn himself minutes . . . What are you complaining about, Lakers fans? You got JORDAN FARMAR back! FORWARDS: PAU GASOL should benefit from the departure of Dwight Howard, who never bought into head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense or even tried to mesh with Gasol. D'Antoni's up-tempo, Euro-style system is perfectly suited to Gasol's strengths. And when Nash sits, they can run a lot of sets through their big man . . . WESLEY JOHNSON will have a chance to grab the vacant small forward spot. The former No. 4 overall pick has been a big disappointment through three seasons, but he looked decent as a spot-up shooter last seasons . . . JORDAN HILL will be the first big man off the bench in a thin frontcourt rotation. He can rebound and clean up around the basket a bit . . . ELIAS HARRIS keeps the Gonzaga connection going . . . SHAWNE WILLIAMS has had success for D'Antoni, but he is far removed from his days contributing for the Knicks. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN is the consolation prize after Dwight Howard's departure. Yes, it's a monstrous downgrade talent-wise, but as a skilled 7-footer, Kaman at least fits D'Antoni's system better . . . ROBERT SACRE has a chance to develop into a useful back-up center.
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*Timberwolves-Lakers Preview* =============================


Minnesota (4-2) at Los Angeles (3-4), 9:30 p.m. EDT

It has been almost seven years since Minnesota got the best of the Los Angeles Lakers. But with Kevin Love playing at the highest of levels and Kobe Bryant still sidelined, the Timberwolves appear to have a decent shot to finally end those woes Sunday night.

Coming off another monster performance, Love and the Timberwolves open a two-game road swing trying to avoid a 23rd consecutive loss to the Lakers.

Love has done it all in the early going, averaging 27.2 points, 14.7 rebounds and a surprising 5.0 assists.

"That's why he gets paid the big bucks," coach Rick Adelman said of Love, who has recorded double-doubles in all six games.

Love had 32 points, 15 boards and finished two assists shy of a triple-double Friday, leading Minnesota (4-2) to a 116-108 win over Dallas. Love has dished out at least five assists in four straight games, the longest such stretch of his career.

"I know my teammates look for me so I just want to return the favor," said Love, who has never averaged better than 2.5 assists in a season. "They've been cutting hard, I've been looking for them, finding them, and they've been really contributing on both ends of the floor. I have to pay them back somehow."

While there was plenty to talk about following Friday's victory, it didn't take long for Love to shift his focus to Sunday's clash.

"We'll get back on the practice floor (Saturday), watch some more tape, and then head to LA and hopefully get a couple good road wins," said Love, whose teams plays the Clippers on Monday.

The Timberwolves have given up 107.8 points per game in dropping 22 straight to the Lakers (3-4) since a 117-107 double-overtime victory March 6, 2007. Bryant, though, has averaged 27.9 points while playing in all but one of those matchups.

Looking lost at times without Bryant, the Lakers are hoping to avoid a fifth loss in seven games after falling 96-85 at New Orleans on Friday.

Chris Kaman had a season-high 16 points and was one of five players to score in double figures, but Los Angeles was limited to 38.8 percent shooting and outscored 22-5 in transition. The Pelicans scored 14 points off the Lakers' 14 turnovers.

"We just turned the ball over, it's as simple as that," said Steve Blake, who had 13 points, eight assists and five turnovers. "We just didn't execute down the stretch and they got out in transition and were getting easy baskets. We can't allow that to happen."

In addition to taking better care of the basketball, Los Angeles needs Pau Gasol to get going. The former All-Star, who has just 11 points on a combined 4-of-22 shooting in the last two games, is posting career lows in points (12.0) and field-goal percentage (35.2).

"I've got to be sharper. I've just got to play a little smarter," said Gasol, who has still been productive on the glass with a team-leading 10.7 boards per contest.

"I might not have all the speed and explosiveness that I used to have years ago, but I still have to use my experience and my fundamentals to be able to be effective every single night regardless of who we're playing."

Gasol is averaging 19.6 points on 57.9 percent shooting in 31 meetings with the Timberwolves since 2003-04.

Los Angeles will need to keep a close eye on Kevin Martin, who has made 15 of 23 from 3-point range while averaging 27.0 points in the last four games.

Steve Nash should be available after resting against the Pelicans with the team playing the second of a back-to-back. The 39-year-old point guard, though, is averaging a very pedestrian 7.6 points on 27.9 percent shooting - well off his 49.0 percent career mark - and 5.2 assists in five games.

Last Updated: 5/25/2018 1:40:49 PM EST

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