Al Horford
Preview: Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks
Preview: Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Lakers have a chance to finish the first week of the season with a .500 record despite playing without Kobe Bryant (Achilles' tendon). After upsetting the Clippers on opening night, the Lakers were blown out by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. The Lakers had a chance to beat the San Antonio Spurs, who were playing without Tim Duncan, but lost in the closing minutes. The Atlanta Hawks (1-1) visit Staples Center on Sunday for their lone visit of the season. Key matchup Center-forward Al Horford is an Eastern Conference All-Star and a difficult matchup for the Lakers. He doesn't have the size of Pau Gasol, but he's an athletic, mobile rebounder and...