On Friday, the Lakers will host the young, and injured,
A number of players are either out or questionable for the Wolves including
The Lakers will be without
While the Lakers are expected to pick up free agent forward
Key match up
Wiggins is still learning the game at the professional level, averaging 12.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.
Thus far he's shooting 41.3% from the field while converting half of his 20 three-point attempts. Wiggins turns the ball over 2.4 times a game while dishing fewer than half that amount in assists (1.1 a night).
Lakers small forward
Johnson is averaging just 7.6 points a game while shooting 39.1% from the field, but he may be the Lakers' best individual defender this season.
The Wolves will presumably start a back court with UCLA rookie
LaVine is gifted athletically but is mostly raw potential and nowhere near a steady NBA point guard at this stage of his development.
Brewer is a feisty defender and streaky shooter; another player who seems to play well against the Lakers.
LaVine is averaging 6.0 points and 2.5 assists a game this season. Brewer is at 11.0 points and 2.2 steals.
The Lakers' pair of Jeremy Lin and
Minnesota is struggling without a number of key veterans. The Lakers need a win and should get it against the vulnerable Wolves.
A loss Friday at home would be demoralizing for a Lakers squad trying to pull up from a very poor start to the season.