Timberwolves vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Timberwolves vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-19) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-19) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 9:30 PM EST on Sunday January 2, 2022

Minnesota Timberwolves 19, Los Angeles Lakers 24 (Q1 02:56)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Wolves have had to work to come by their points early here. Doesn’t seem as hard for the Lakers. – 9:57 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Speaking of turnovers: Anthony Edwards has four. Lakers defense doesn’t force a lot of turnovers in general, but they’re capitalizing on errors without Russell here to take on point guard duties. – 9:56 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
I agree with continuing to play Jordan McLaughlin through players returning from COVID. Think JMac’s style has a sneaky value for this team. – 9:54 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Naz Reid, who gets lead of the notebook treatment today in part to discuss his shooting issues, 2 of 3 to start and 2 of 2 from the line. – 9:48 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Wolves will give that to Westbrook all game long. – 9:46 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
TWolves going to Naz Reid early on the post to exploit the size advantage he has on Johnson. He has six of their 10 points. – 9:45 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
What are they doing? … OK, Wolves-Lakers time. – 9:32 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Tonight’s @MayoClinic Status Report:
Anthony Edwards, Taurean Prince, and Jarred Vanderbilt are AVAILABLE.
Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and McKinley Wright IV are OUT. pic.twitter.com/E96DQYA0o49:24 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Officially no KAT and no DLo. Also, Darren Collison will end his 10-day with a second straight inactive. pic.twitter.com/sCuP1SOM6R9:09 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Running it back.
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/KkGUUOgjxM9:07 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Paris Bass is in! Was playing in Puerto Rico 3 months ago, makes the Lakers’ G League affiliate after a tryout and now he’s on an NBA floor. Awesome stuff. – 9:05 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Timberwolves rollin with the same starting lineup tonight, while Towns and Russell remain out…
Patrick Beverley
Malik Beasley
Anthony Edwards
Jarred Vanderbilt
Naz Reid – 9:00 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Wolves-Lakers
– Edwards over 23.5 pts
Ant in LA… Lotta usage available without KAT + DLo
– Beasley over 18.5 pts
Been bombin lately
– LeBron over 5.5 made FTs
Wolves foul a ton, particularly big wings
– Westbrook under 9.5 asts
Think Russ looks to attack – 8:57 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Josh Giddey is now only 192 triple doubles behind Russell Westbrook. – 8:57 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
And an update:
1/3 vs MIN – Injury Report
QUESTIONABLE: Jay Scrubb – Return to Competition Reconditioning pic.twitter.com/E1Y4XQI3rm8:46 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Nico Batum has been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow vs. Minnesota, the team says. Jay Scrubb has cleared protocols but is out while reconditioning. – 8:30 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers injury updates for Monday night at Minnesota:
– Luke Kennard not listed at all due to health and safety
– Jay Scrubb out of protocols, out due to reconditioning
– Nicolas Batum questionable due to right ankle – 8:27 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
News from Chris Finch on Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. He said they’re “at the end of their protocol run.” Have to get up to speed physically. Did not anticipate they’d be ready tomorrow vs. Clippers. Said Wednesday at home against OKC is a “more realistic target.” – 8:15 PM
Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic
Magic up 96-82. 4:20 left in the fourth.
@Terrence Ross leads the way with 27 PTS in 26 MIN 🔥 – 8:13 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs doing exactly what they should be doing to OKC. 19-5 run in 2nd helping to 51-39 halftime lead. OKC last in scoring /29th in FG%. Held to 37.5. Egalitarian offense for Mavs. No one w/10+ pts Hardaway w/9, Chriss 7. Luka 7-5-4 in 13 min. 2nd half soon @theeagledallas8:07 PM
Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic
the torch is sizzlin’🔥
24 PTS in 24 MIN for @Terrence Ross
📺: https://t.co/3b5LcPuNP3 pic.twitter.com/pQcTpsdOGu8:06 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Invest in the journey.
#LakeShow x @DWS_Group pic.twitter.com/IM2ahqBZIK8:04 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch says Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are getting to the end of their COVID protocols, but said he does not anticipate either player to be back for Monday’s against the Clippers.
Finch said that wednesday against Oklahoma City is more likely for their returns. – 8:04 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Have a night, @Lamar Stevens! 👏
15 PTS (6-12 FG)
2 AST
2 REB
1 STL
26 MIN pic.twitter.com/zjMbP7vczU8:03 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Both Karl Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are out tonight for Minnesota against the Lakers. – 8:01 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic just went between the legs of Oklahoma City’s Isaiah Roby for a layup by Dwight Powell. The Mavericks are up 51-39 at halftime. – 7:59 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Frank Vogel said Rajon Rondo has cleared Covid protocols but that he is not at The Crypt. Read into that as you will. – 7:54 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel acknowledges Rajon Rondo is not here tonight at the arena. Obviously Rondo is expected to be traded but the team cannot acknowledge the deal until it’s completed. – 7:54 PM
Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic
19 points in 20 MIN for The Human Torch 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Sd4WgLbfNM7:51 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel says he’ll go with the same starting lineup as Friday — LeBron, Stanley Johnson, Russ, Avery Bradley and Malik Monk. – 7:48 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Strong finish @LaMelo Ball‼ 💪
RT & VOTE for Melo! ⭐⭐⭐
#NBAAllStar | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/KMSqZJ2YKr7:21 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Sunday
#LakeShow x @bibigoUSA pic.twitter.com/hrxbfKehXc7:19 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka’s first bucket after missing 10 games with ankle soreness/COVID: a pretty looking stepback 3 from his left-wing sweet spot.
Also has two rebounds and a lob assist to Dwight Powell already. – 7:16 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
The Mavs’ starting lineup tonight vs. Thunder includes Luka Doncic for the first time in 23 days:
Luka, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell – 6:38 PM
LeBron James @KingJames
OBJ!!!!!!! Ya heard – 3:48 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
5 min til tip.
Raptors looking to get another W.
Join us on @fan590. pic.twitter.com/pMTE9JRLXJ3:32 PM

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