The Lakers continue their 2022-23 preseason with a Sunday night game against Golden State at Chase Center. Game tips at 5:30 p.m. on Spectrum SportsNet and NBA TV.
Here are three things to know before the game:
QUICK STARTS CONTINUE
For the third straight preseason game, the Lakers got off to a strong start, despite using a different third starting lineup as several veterans rested against Minnesota Thursday night in Las Vegas. A young field of Austin Reaves, Max Christie, Wenyen Gabriel, Thomas Bryant and Scotty Pippen Jr. opened a 17-8 lead over Wolves, who played all of their regular starters except Karl Anthony-Towns .
Minnesota’s veteran bench was able to turn the tide in the second quarter as Darvin Ham sank deeper into his bench, and LA shot just 27.3% in the period to give up a lead they wouldn’t recoup. not.
Nonetheless, Ham was pleased with the continuation of the energy and commitment that has been a staple so far, although groups who are unlikely to play together in the regular season struggled as the game went on.
“A good start to the first quarter defensively, the guys are playing together,” Ham said. “I thought some of our reserves were setting a really good tone, and as (Minnesota) started to get more in our jersey, being aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage, I thought we started to…dribble too much and over-create.
THE GROWTH OF MAX CHRISTIE
LA’s No. 34 pick in the 2022 draft, Max Christie, is just 19, but that hasn’t stopped Darvin Ham from throwing him down for many minutes in the first three games. In fact, Christie currently leads all Lakers with 25.1 minutes per game so far.
“Overall, I like the progress the kid has made,” Ham said. “He has a lot of coaches and a lot of people in our performance team, and me personally, excited about that future. He’s a hard worker, great boy, good attitude, good focus; I think. He’s going to do really, really well and have a long career.
Christie hasn’t shot the ball well so far, shooting 28.0% from the field and 14.3% from three, but defended his position and assisted the ball, rebounded well (4.3 per game ) and constantly fought hard.
“He really improved his body; he was lean when we first got him, and now you’re starting to see some muscle mass,” Ham continued. “Kid has great touch, really athletic, one of the best athletes on the roster, and he just has to keep working. Just the simple little nuances of the game.”
WARRIORS ROAD TEST
The regular season opener is just nine days away in the same building as this pre-season fixture, so we’ll see how well Ham and GSW manager Steve Kerr shows himself on Sunday. For the defending champions, questions remain over Draymond Green’s availability for Game 1 after Green hit teammate Jordan Poole during a recent GSW practice.
No suspensions have been announced at this stage, but Green said on Saturday he will be stepping away from the team for a bit, which means he won’t feature for this pre-season contest.
Klay Thompson will also be absent, as he takes care of a personal matter, leaving Steph Curry as the main remnant of the NBA Finals battles against LeBron James.
For the Lakers, Dennis Schröder will not be with the team on Sunday, but he should be with the Los Angeles team when they return on Monday. Juan Toscano-Anderson suffered a thigh contusion on Thursday and did not train on Saturday, while Troy Brown Jr. (fullback) remains out.