Oct 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Laker assistant coach Kurt Rambis talks to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wesley Johnson (11) during the second half of the Lakers

Game 27 Preview: Wolves (13-13) @ Lakers (12-13)

First off, this is William Onyeabor’s “Fantastic Man” and it is fantastic. It also has nothing to do with Wesley Johnson, Kurt Rambis or Kobe Bryant.

In other unrelated news, the Lakers were dealt a serious blow when they learned Kobe Bryant would miss six weeks with old man’s disease after playing only six games since returning too soon from his blown achilles injury. In all seriousness: It’s looking like a lost season in Los Angeles.

The Lakers needed to go out and sign Kendall Marshall from the D-League after the Kobe news broke due other point guard injuries to Steve Nash (also suffering the affects of old man’s disease), 33 year-old Steve Blake (out until February and no spring chicken, anyway), and Jordan Farmar (just 27, but out for the week with a gimpy hamstring).

Lakers probable starting lineup:

PG Nick Young? Xavier Henry? Kendall Marshall? Who knows…

SG Jodie Meeks

SF Wesley Johnson

PF Jordan Hill

C Pau Gasol

The Lakers signed Chris Kaman this offseason. Kaman’s struggled to overcome some back issues this season, but has been reportedly at 100% recently. He could see some time tonight, as the Lakers could use help everywhere.

Wesley Johnson is averaging 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, a steal and a made three on 25% from distance and 38% from the field in 30 minutes a game over his last 5 games. Wesley Johnson, everyone.

Wolves probable starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Kevin Martin

SF Corey Brewer

PF Kevin Love

C Nikola Pekovic

Last time the Wolves were in L.A. they scored 47 points in the first quarter and Ricky Rubio had a triple-double in a Wolves 113-90 win. The potential for the Wolves to replicate such a runaway victory is there. With the Clippers scheduled to play the Nuggets at the Staples Center Saturday before hosting the Wolves Sunday, the potential for Minnesota to stay fresh and take advantage of their schedule like they did against Portland Wednesday is there, as well.


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