Hello Lakers Nation.
Trevor Lane here, senior writer for lakers nation dot com.
And today we're previewing the second to last game of preseason for your Los Angeles Lakers.
They're taking on the Golden State Warriors yet again.
Yeah, they play the Warriors a ton in preseason couple of games against the Nets, but playing a lot against the Golden State Warriors.
So we're gonna talk about what this game's gonna look like and what we should be watching for knowing that the regular season is just right around the corner, less than a week away.
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The NBA's regular season is almost here.
We're gonna dive into it.
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Okay, so the game that's coming up here against the Warriors big game really I mean, this is when we want to see things starting to get fine tuned.
We want to see some rotations getting settled into a little bit.
We want to start seeing some sense that the Lakers were really going to be running.
Frank Vogel has been doing a lot of mixing and matching.
Now it's time to settle in tow.
What things were gonna look like on opening night and the big news.
We don't want to bury the lead here.
Anthony Davis might be back in action.
Thank you, basketball gods.
As as Lakers nations own Dan Guang, Zhou said the Lakers could be getting a D back against the Warriors in the second last preseason game.
I didn't think this was possible.
I didn't think it was gonna happen.
I thought for sure at the earliest we'd be seeing Anthony Davis on opening night.
We know he was dealing with that thumb sprain, and we weren't sure exactly how that was gonna come out.
He was gonna be getting a scan.
Turned out the scan came back clean.
He's feeling good, and we're hearing that he may play in this game Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors.
Now, would I be sad if they push that back one more game? No, In fact, I'd be a little bit relieved if anything, because I don't want to see Anthony Davis getting hurt before the regular season.
I'd rather they keep his minutes completely limited, so I would not be upset at all if he does not play.
And he just saves it for the final preseason game, uses that as his tune up and then heads into the regular season healthy.
But if he feels ready to go, he just may get out there and play.
But the bottom line is that this is a great sign.
If he's seriously considering playing in this preseason game here, that tells us that he is pretty healthy, that he is ready to go.
We're not gonna have to worry about him being available on opening night, assuming that there's no kind of re injury or anything like that.
So Anthony Davis, it looks like the Lakers have dodged a bullet there, and they should have him for opening night again, fingers crossed, knock on wood.
Hopefully, nothing else happens there because we know the Lakers have had bad luck when it comes to injuries.
But great news here for Anthony Davis that he is looking at playing against the Golden State Warriors Now he won't be the only guy coming back because LeBron James actually didn't play in the last game.
The Lakers let him rest in that game.
Raja on Rondo, Avery Bradley, Danny Green.
All of these guys rested the last time out against the Warriors and actually was a pretty solid performance from the Lakers.
They picked up a win.
Some guys played well, including Dwight Howard, and we'll be talking about him in just a minute.
But the bottom line is that with all these pieces back knowing that Kyle Kuzma maybe makes it back in time for opening night, that's sounding a little bit doubtful based on Frank Vogel's comments today.
But most of the guys will be rating on aside from Coos Bay.
I don't think he's gonna be a key piece this season, but maybe we don't see him on opening night.
Hopefully we do, but right now that's sounding kind of doubtful because he's just now getting back out there to practice, not taking any contact yet.
Very very limited, but with the pieces that they do have Frankel, who could start piecing together his lineup.
And so we should start getting a glimpse of exactly what the starting five is going to look like.
Especially if E.
D is indeed out there.
So this is what we know so far.
Right now, it's pretty clear that JaVale McGee is the better center on the Lakersroster.
And then I thought he played very, very well in preseason.
I thought he had a great game against the Gold State Warriors in his last outing.
You think the veil has been that good? He's been a very, very good center for the Lakers.
He's got the length him and aunt and gave us have made a good combo inside, really tough to score on them.
So I think he gets the nod there.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James, both clearly starting as well.
And then Danny Green.
You're probably going to start him when you're playing, paying him $15 million a year.
So those Air four year starters.
The big question, though, is who is that fifth guy? It's probably not gonna be Kyle Kuzma, at least not at this stage.
So you're probably looking at a guard and the question and then comes down to Is it gonna be bridge on Rondo? Is it going to be someone like every Bradley? That's the way I would lean.
I like that Avery Bradley Danny Green combo.
Maybe you disagree.
Maybe you think that it should be Rhonda.
Let me know in the comments down below who that next starter should be.
But we should see Frank Vogel's start to finally make a decision there.
Decide who it is that is going to be joining LeBron and 80 and what we think will be JaVale McGee and David Greene in that starting lineup.
Heck, Quinn Cook could also be making a comeback.
We haven't seen him play at all yet.
He had a calf strain, so he hasn't played in preseason action game time decision against the Warriors.
If he gets out there, maybe he does really, really well, and he can insert himself in that race.
Also, Alex Caruso is another guy who could potentially get in there, But right now it feels like the front runners are Avery Bradley and Raja Rano, who knows? Maybe Frank Vogel surprises us, but I'm really curious to see what starting lineup he rolls out there against the Warriors.
And then what starting lineup he finishes with on Friday in that final preseason game? Because I think that's the one that is most likely to roll into the regular season.
The last thing they want to touch upon that, I'm gonna be really watching for Zach Norval.
Zach Norville had himself a game in the last outing against the Gold State Warriors.
22 points to lead the Lakers.
Was was knocking him in from three, making some really smart plays out there on the floor, Crafty, the way he was getting toe open shots.
In fact, he outplayed the veteran contagious couple Pope, who he could, in theory, be competing for minutes at the two guard spot with So Zack Norvell.
But the big question.
When you've got a young player, this is an undrafted rookie, a guy who was not selected.
The Lakers scoop him up, make him a two way player.
But the big question is consistency.
That's the tough part for these guys.
Young players can have a big game here and there, but you're gonna need, especially on this veteran Lakers team.
You're going to need guys that can do it night in and night out.
So I'm really curious to see after this big performance.
How does Zach Norville follow it up? Especially if all these other guys air back Rondo, Avery Bradley, Danny Green? He's probably not going to start.
So the question is, can he find a rhythm quickly and make an impact in whatever limited minutes he gets, assuming the rest of the veterans already out there? But he's a guy I am definitely keeping an eye on to see how he follows up that big performance.
Hopefully, we see more great things that exact Norville, because the Lakers are going to need to find these diamond in the rough type players of considering that they don't have very many draft picks coming up anytime soon.
All right, guys, big game for the Lakers.
Hopefully, you're excited as well.
Hopefully you joined us for the Lakers Nation postgame show.
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