Jose Barea
Preview: Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Preview: Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2) are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. They'll visit Staples Center on Sunday night, looking to end a 22-game losing streak to the Lakers (3-4). The Lakers have the opportunity to improve to .500, despite playing without Kobe Bryant (sidelined with an Achilles' tendon injury). Key matchup Power forward Kevin Love missed most of last year with hand injuries, but he's had a tremendous start to the 2013-14 NBA season, averaging 27.2 points and 14.7 rebounds. The Lakers are going to have to use a tandem of players to challenge, including Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and possibly Shawne Williams. Gasol is...