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Preview: Lakers hope to avoid franchise losing streak by beating the Timberwolves

Preview: Lakers hope to avoid franchise losing streak by beating the Timberwolves

With a defeat Tuesday night, the Lakers (9-41) would set the franchise's all-time record for losses in a row. To avoid Lakers infamy, the team will need to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-35) at Staples Center.

The Lakers have played the Timberwolves closely twice this season, both in losses. Minnesota has really struggled for wins the past couple of months.

Kobe Bryant's status (sore shoulder) remains unclear. The All-Star guard was able to play in the team's last game on Sunday, a loss against the Charlotte Hornets.

Rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. will sit with a sore...

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