The Los Angeles Lakers missed what had to be at least a very profitable home game against Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-105, although Ryan Rondo returned to the squad.
The story on Thursday night really started and finished on the glass. Minnesota enjoyed the board, no matter who played in the center of the Lakers. Ivica Zubac, who made his first start of the season, finished the game with -10 plus-minus, and JaVale McGee (-1) did not do much in his 22 minutes to quench the attack that Minnesota brought to the cup.
Luc Walton deserves some criticism of his continued inability to slam his rotation when Lakers absolutely needs him. Once again, as predicted in a preliminary review, he had compositions with neither Brandon Play nor Rondo performing the crime. Honestly, at this stage, this is an explanatory error.
The game turned into a ugly turn in the fourth quarter after the Lakers surpassed 36-23. Ever since the beginning of the period, the Lakers has been on something different at both ends of the yard. They made several shows trying to make a game, but they were never close enough to make Minnesota nervous.
It seemed as if only the loss of a match with the consequences of the playoffs was not enough, Luol Deng (7 points 3-4 shooting) appeared and pulled out the clock. Thursday evening he had to feel good for him. He has not offered this contract.
This loss dropped the Lakers to 25-24, only half the game in front of Timberwolves (now 24-24). Minnesota already owns the tiebreak if it comes down to it after winning the season 3-1.
As a result of this loss, the Lakers will play their last victory against a smaller opponent as they board the Phoenix Suns on Sunday before entering a much heavier month than their schedule. Instead of getting out of a good victory, they will enter this contest without momentum and have no other than themselves to blame.
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