The Lakers have the opportunity to improve to .500, despite playing without
The Lakers are going to have to use a tandem of players to challenge, including
Gasol is coming off a pair of difficult shooting nights in which he hit just 1 of 10 against the
The difficulty for the Lakers is trying to guard the 6-foot-7 Martin with the 6-3
Blake hit a big shot against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, playing a steadier game in the second week of the season than he did in the first.
The Lakers need their minutes' leader (Blake, at 30.9 a game) to give a strong performance on both ends of the floor against Minnesota.
The Lakers are vulnerable against the Wolves' talented starting five.
Minnesota isn't the deepest team in the league. They're also not necessarily a strong defensive unit.
The Lakers played well for most of the last two games, with big lapses in both (one win in Houston, the loss in New Orleans).
Sunday is a winnable game for the Lakers, but it's going to take a more consistent effort to beat Minnesota, even at Staples Center.
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