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Lakers’ sluggish start results in 114-96 loss to Timberwolves

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAdd to that the fact they were coming off a double-overtime loss in Houston the night before, and the fatigued Lakers were not in the best place to begin with. Tyler Ennis played 45 minutes in Houston, Brandon Ingram played 44 and Kyle Kuzma played 43.Julius Randle scored 15 points and Ingram had 14 for the Lakers, who fell behind 16-0 to start the game. Kuzma, the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, played just 18 minutes and scored all six of his points in the third quarter.“I’ve been banged up the past four games. It’s a reoccurrence,” he said. “It’s my thigh … been getting hit same part every game.”After scoring a franchise-best first 17 points Sunday against the Pacers, Minnesota nearly broke the record.Wiggins scored nine of their first 16 points this time, adding an alley-oop feed for a dunk by Butler and grabbing a couple rebounds during the run. The Lakers, who had eight of their 24 turnovers in the opening 12 minutes, got within 30-18 by quarter’s end. All of the Lakers’ first-quarter points came from the bench after the starters were pulled 3:36 into the game.“The turnovers are the most frustrating part,” Coach Luke Walton said. “I can’t blame just turnovers on them going up 16-0 and us not playing with energy, and us not putting pressure on the defense even though that was the whole message going into the game.”With their early lead whittled to as little as five points early in the third quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 13-0 run late in the quarter to seemingly put away the Lakers.Towns started it with a dunk and jumper, and Wiggins added a pair of jumpers. A 3-pointer by Tyus Jones gave Minnesota a 91-72 lead with 1:11 to play.The Lakers got within nine early in the fourth before Butler scored the next six Minnesota points to help push the lead to 103-88.TIP-INSLakers: They wore their light blue throwback uniforms with MPLS on front. … Ball (left shoulder sprain) missed his fifth straight game. … Caldwell-Pope likely missed his last road game due to a legal travel restriction stemming from a March 2017 incident. The Lakers are not away from Staples Center until Jan. 13. … The Lakers open a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.Timberwolves: Butler has at least 20 points in eight straight games. … Center Gorgui Dieng had 17 points off the bench. … Towns had four fouls (three offensive). … Minnesota is 11-1 at Target Center against Western Conference foes; 2-5 vs. Eastern Conference teams.center_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Corey Brewer, right, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, and Corey Brewer look on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones, left, gives chase as Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, attempts a layup as he is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson,right, tries unsuccessfully to block a shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, tries to reach the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots as the Lakers’ Josh Hart defends during the first half of Monday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, gets off a pass as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points while Clarkson led the Lakers with 20. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau shouts instructions to his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 23Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — A game that didn’t set up well for the Lakers on paper quickly got out of hand, and they never could recover from another early deficit.Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Lakers 114-96 on Monday night.Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota win for the seventh time in eight games and 10th time in 13.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. The Lakers were once again missing three starters: center Brook Lopez (ankle), and guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal) and Lonzo Ball (shoulder).last_img read more

FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA players push back on criticism of roster

first_img Clippers hiring Tyronn Lue as Doc Rivers’ top assistant coach, report says This year’s United States FIBA World Cup team is not the most exciting group ever, with many fans questioning whether it can get the job done.Members of Team USA are speaking up about America’s lack of faith and are confident they can bring the U.S. its sixth straight gold medal in Olympic and World Cup competitions.  “It’s like they picked us up off the street,” Celtics forward Jayson Tatum told The Undefeated at camp when addressing speculation the U.S. might not win it all. “We’re NBA players. We’re pretty good at what we do. It’s added a chip on our shoulder, and we’re going to take it with us.”NBA stars such as James Harden, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis elected early on not to participate in the 2019 tournament, set to begin Aug. 31 in China. This certainly made a team usually stacked with All-NBA talent look less appealing on paper, and players continued to drop like flies as the final roster was being determined. Related Newscenter_img Rockets forward P.J. Tucker left camp with an ankle injury last week while Kings guard De’Aaron Fox decided he’d rather focus on the upcoming NBA season following Team USA’s 90-81 exhibition win over Spain, the second-ranked team in this year’s World Cup.The team’s only All-NBA performer, Kemba Walker, says the squad is “hungry” to be successful though, despite the doubts.Kings forward Harrison Barnes is the lone survivor from the U.S.’s 2016 gold-medal squad and claims Team USA isn’t listening to what skeptics have to say.“We hear the noise,” Barnes said. “It’s about just us, getting better, continuing to grow closer on and off the floor, and we’ll go from there.“We’re motivated more than anything to keep the gold standard going, by the teams that went before us that went and won the World Cup, that went and won the Olympics multiple times. That’s what we’re chasing right now.”The U.S. will face Australia Thursday in its second international exhibition game of the summer.last_img read more