PHEONIX, Sporting Alert – After snapping a four-game skid with a victory over the Pistons on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers, which avoid tying their worst 10-game start in franchise history, will now try to build on that win.
Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson each scored 17 points to lead the way for the LA Lakers in the 97-85 win over a good Detroit team and the Western Conference strugglers are hoping this is a sign of things to come.
However, Bryant, who took 19 shots, had nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals, played a season-high 36 minutes against the Pistons, and will not face the Pheonix Suns on Monday night as he continues to battle with injuries.
“I’m barely standing up,” the 37-year-old said after the game on Sunday night. “My back and my legs, it’s killing me.
“I’m not looking forward to walking to the car. Seriously.”
Rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, who was selected No. 2 by the LA Lakers (2-8) in the 2015 draft, continues to feel the heat from the pundits as he struggles to live up to the expectations.
Russell, 19, is currently averaging 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 4.0 per game, went 3-of-9 against Detroit and many pundits and LA Lakers supporters doesn’t think he will develop playing in this team.
Heading into Monday night’s game, the Los Angeles is scoring 99.2 points per game, but allowing 104.1, while shooting a league-low 41.0 percent from the field.
They are an 11-point favourite underdogs against the Suns.
The Suns (5-4), in the meantime, come into this game on the back of a 105-81 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night and are on a two-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, after falling 100-85 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder will try to rebound against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, but shot just 5-of-20 from the field, with five assists, four rebounds and three steals for the Thunder in the defeat against the Celtics.
With the team’s leading scorer Kevin Durant still out with a hamstring problem, Oklahoma City (6-4) will be hoping the likes of Serge Ibaka, Enes Kanter, Dion Waiters and Steven Adams will step up more.
The Grizzlies (5-6) are on a two-game winning streak heading into Monday’s home clash with the Thunder.
Elsewhere on Monday night, the Portland Trail Blazers will meet the San Antonio Spurs, while Indiana Pacers are at the Chicago Bulls.
Monday, November 16
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