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


The Los Angeles Lakers (16-13) play against the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15) at Target Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Friday December 17, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers 79, Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (Q4 06:39)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers say Anthony Davis has a left knee bruise that will keep him out for the rest of this game. He’ll undergo further testing in Chicago tomorrow. – 12:23 AM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Offensive rebounds:
MIN 12 (Vanderbilt with 5 of em)
LAL 1 – 12:23 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Lakers are about to fall to 2-6 on Fridays. They’re 14-8 on all other days.
That’s not a meaningful stat to anyone except me who’s sick of his weekends starting off with existential Lakers crises. – 12:23 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Officially a left knee contusion for Anthony Davis; Lakers say he’ll undergo further evaluation Saturday in Chicago. – 12:23 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers say that Anthony Davis will not return because of a left knee contusion and will undergo further evaluation in Chicago on Saturday. – 12:21 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers say Anthony Davis has a left knee contusion and will not return tonight. He will be further evaluated with more testing in Chicago. – 12:21 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
The Lakers say Anthony Davis will not return against the Timberwolves and will undergo further testing tomorrow when the team gets to Chicago. Termed a left knee contusion for now. – 12:21 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Anthony Davis will not return tonight due to a left knee contusion. He’ll undergo further testing in Chicago tomorrow. – 12:21 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Isaiah Thomas currently has the best plus-minus on the Lakers (-2). – 12:20 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Minnesota leads 95-76 with 9:00 minutes left in the fourth.
Nowell is up to a season-high 12 points in 11+ minutes of action off the bench.
The Wolves are outrebounding the Lakers 45-29, outscoring LA in the paint 44-30 and second-chance points 20-4. – 12:18 AM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Jaylen Nowell. 5 of 9 off the bench for 12 points. – 12:18 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
THIS IS A JAYLEN NOWELL APPRECIATION TWEET pic.twitter.com/CvSCrzlbat12:18 AM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Cool to see the interactions in the Timberwolves huddles, and how this roster has so clearly come to respect Chris Finch – 12:17 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL trail 95-76 after yet another Wolves offensive rebound and resulting layup. – 12:17 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
When I interviewed Karl-Anthony Towns recently he kept bringing up Jaylen Nowell unprompted. I asked him why, and we’re seeing some of the answer tonight. pic.twitter.com/k9vUu6RzSM12:17 AM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Another random thought…the Lakers look tired. – 12:17 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Seems like Isaiah Thomas is providing a “Kendrick Nunn preview” – 12:17 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Naz Reid finishes under the basket after the Lakers turn over a transition opportunity, and the Wolves lead 95-76 with 9 minutes left. Based on how the Lakers have played tonight, if I were a doctor, I’d call time of death. – 12:16 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
12 points in 12 minutes for I.T. in his return to the NBA tonight…
…but the Lakers trail the Wolves 95-76 with 9:00 left in Minneapolis. – 12:16 AM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Second unit maintaining the lead with Russ and LeBron out there to start the 4th. Solid opening to the 4th for the Wolves. – 12:15 AM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Not exactly a hard contest from LeBron there. Lakers have been slow all night. – 12:15 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Isaiah Thomas plays like he cares about the outcome and it’s sad how refreshing that feels during this Lakers season. – 12:15 AM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Random comment at 11:15 CT…There is no argument that the Bulls and Lakers have THE best uniforms in the NBA. Back to live action… – 12:14 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
that’s a tough take, Jaylen
24-7 RUN 🐺 pic.twitter.com/EeggzC2EE212:11 AM

Eric Pincus @EricPincus
If you said a couple of weeks ago we’d be watching the Lakers play 3 point guards in Russ, Rondo and IT? Strange year for the NBA – 12:10 AM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
LeBron has five fouls and by my count at least four of them have been drawn by McDaniels and Vanderbilt. – 12:09 AM
Janis Carr @janiscarr
Is it too late for the Lakers to forfeit this game? – 12:08 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
The @Minnesota Timberwolves end the quarter on a 24-7 run over the last 6:58 of the 3rd to take a 85-65 lead into the 4th.
Towns with 28 points on 11-18 shooting, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Vanderbilt has a game-high 13 rebounds, nearing his career-high of 15 (2x; MR: @ BKN, 12/3/21) – 12:08 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Tough to watch a player as talented as Anthony Davis constantly dealing with injuries. One thing after the other even in the same game (ankle, knee). Feel for him because I think the “soft” narrative and “what if” will follow him the rest of his career. – 12:07 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
LeBron James has scored at least 10 points in 1,057 straight games. He has 8 points going into the fourth quarter with the Lakers trailing by 20. – 12:06 AM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
End of the third quarter and the Timberwolves lead the Lakers 85-65. Big third for the local professional men’s basketball team. – 12:06 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Wolves 85, Lakers 65
AD exited the game with a left knee injury. The Wolves went on a run after he left and have outscored the Lakers in each of the three quarters. Kent Bazemore leads LA with 11 points. LAL is shooting 39.3% and has 16 TOs. KAT has 28 points. – 12:06 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
For any other team, this would be one of the worst losses of the season. For the Lakers, it’s just Friday. – 12:06 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers are losing by 20. Mercifully, there’s just one quarter left as we tick past 11:05 local time here in Minneapolis. – 12:05 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers down Big in Minnesota, 85-65…Waiting for update on Anthony Davis – 12:05 AM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Richard Jefferson, on the broadcast tonight, has been imploring LeBron to be more aggressive for like the last two-plus quarters. LeBron looks completely lethargic. – 12:04 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Lakers have one offensive rebound in 3 quarters, which is so different from years past. – 12:04 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Carmelo hit with a technical foul. Josh Okogie and IT were also getting into it. – 12:03 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
IT looks like Nick Van Exel in his Lakers jersey – 12:03 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The admittedly shorthanded Lakers have a lineup of Russ, IT, Rondo, Melo and DJ. It’s going about as well as one might expect. – 12:01 AM
Rick Noland @RickNoland
AD sure gets hurt a lot – 12:00 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Lakers are down 13 and Rajon Rondo is -13. No, it’s not 2020 again. – 11:59 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Maybe it’s being on national TV..maybe it’s playing LeBron and the Lakers–maybe it’s built up frustration..this is the most animated performance I’ve ever seen from KAT. His body language, intensity, spirited verbal communication, everything. Oh yea, he’s hoopin’ big time. – 11:57 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Jaden McDaniels fell directly into the leg of Anthony Davis, just after LAL had trimmed the lead to 3.
Davis limped off the floor, and LAL have struggled since, understandably worried about him, and Minnesota pushed its lead quickly 72-58. – 11:57 PM
Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
Folks clowning AD like LeBron didn’t shove a player into his knee 🤦🏾‍♂11:57 PM
Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 AD – 11:56 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
What is LeBron doing? Flopped six times in the last 2 minutes. – 11:55 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
The @Minnesota Timberwolves are on a 10-0 run over the last 1:54 (6:59, 3rd quarter to 5:05, 3rd quarter) to extend the lead to 71-58 with 5:05 left in the third.
Towns with 25 points, nearing his eighth 30+ point game of the season. – 11:55 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
DLo to a little pile of fans behind the Wolves bench: “Why yall Lakers fans” – 11:55 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
These Lakers are rough to watch. – 11:55 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
It was a 3-point game, but the Wolves have reeled off their own 10-0 run to get back up 13. Davis went back to the locker room again, and things are looking dire for the Lakers. – 11:54 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
LeBron committed an offensive foul on McDaniels, McDaniels fell into Davis’ knee and Davis is getting up gimpy. – 11:51 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Bron to Brow
(📺: @SpectrumSN) pic.twitter.com/Ih8x6W7mgn11:51 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis went down again after Jaden McDaniels rolled into his left knee. – 11:51 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Lakers are right back in it, mostly because the Wolves are playing so sloppy that they’re begging them to try to take this. – 11:50 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
An 8-0 run for the Lakers has a 14-point deficit chopped down to 6 at the 8:14 mark of the 3rd, at 61-55. LAL had better energy there as they try to find a vibe amidst this health-and-safety-protocol situation in which five of their teammates aren’t in the arena. – 11:47 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
232 players in the NBA are making more than Jarred Vanderbilt this season ($4.05M).
Vanderbilt just recorded his 233rd rebound of the season. – 11:46 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
A week ago I was listening to the great @bethmowins call my beloved Montana Grizzlies playoff game against JMU (you don’t have to tell me they lost . I know) and tonight she is on Lakers/Wolves. Pretty damn cool. – 11:46 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Transition game starting to get this team stirring after a lackadaisical start to the half: Ellington awarded a goaltend on a fast break, then LeBron gets a good strip and tosses an alley-oop to Davis. It’s a six-point game. – 11:46 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Minnesota with its largest lead of the night at 61-47.
Russell has 14 points in 17+ minutes, while Beverley has 4 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Wolves are outrebounding LA 34-23, led by Vanderbilt’s game-high 11 rebounds. – 11:42 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
this should be an assist for Jarred Vanderbilt pic.twitter.com/t00pqdfUfS11:41 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
foot on the gas
🔋🔋🔋🔋🔋🔋🔋🔋 pic.twitter.com/VVjYj5MEd511:41 PM

David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
There’s no way that LeBron pass to the face was unintentional, like ???? – 11:40 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Not a compelling LeBron game thus far. He’s 2 for 5 with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Looked like he turned it over off of Vanderbilt’s face, and created a fast break for Minny. – 11:40 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Jarred Vanderbilt doing Jarred Vanderbilt things. – 11:38 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
First bucket back as a Laker. pic.twitter.com/auFlWJXpTo11:35 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Strong close to the half from Minnesota, who lead 54-45.
Towns has 23 points, with no Laker posting more than 8. An 8-1 edge on the offensive glass has been problematic for LAL. – 11:32 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
A beloved member of the Timberwolves and Lynx family and Minnesota sports broadcasting, the late Tom Hanneman’s legacy will forever live on at Target Center. pic.twitter.com/A4ETf3YHhG11:26 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Isaiah Thomas has as many points for the Lakers as LeBron James and Anthony Davis through two quarters.
Imagine hearing that as recently as, like, Tuesday. – 11:22 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Halftime in Minneapolis with the @Minnesota Timberwolves leading 54-45.
Towns leads all with 23 points on 9-14 shooting and 6 rebounds, his fifth 20+ point half of the season (64th career).
Vanderbilt is up to 9 rebounds, nearing his 10th double-figure rebound game of the season. – 11:22 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I’m not saying this game’s been weird, but Patrick Beverley just hit a hook shot. AK – 11:22 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
“Welcome to my house” playin here at Target Center as Karl-Anthony Towns heads to the locker room with 23 points at halftime.
We’re trending toward one of the most dominant KAT games of his career. – 11:21 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Wolves 54, Lakers 45
Carmelo Anthony leads the Lakers with 8 points. It was a rough half on both ends for LA. They have nearly as many turnovers (11) as assists (12). IT gave them a boost. Karl-Anthony Towns has 23 points and is torching any and every Laker defender. – 11:21 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
HALFTIME: Wolves 54, Lakers 45.
Minnesota went on a little run to get the lead up before the break. Lakers struggled with founds and appalling shooting (14 for 37). Davis was out for a while with his ankle sprain. – 11:21 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Halftime: Wolves 54, Lakers 45.
Towns: 23 pts, 6 rebs. A dominant performance.
Other Wolves have to shoot much better in the second half to finish it out. – 11:20 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Well, all things considered, the Wolves have to like being up 9 at the half. Towns with 23 points. Rest of the Wolves with 31. He’s 9 of 14, rest of team 11 of 40. Lakers 14 of 37. – 11:20 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
The last time Isaiah Thomas suited up up for LA, the Lakers starters were Lonzo Ball, KCP, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. They lost on the road to a team that was led by 33 points and 9 rebounds from… Anthony Davis. – 11:20 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
At the Half, Lakers down 54-45… – 11:19 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Towns is just cooking Anthony Davis. Whatever he wants, he’s taking. – 11:16 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Patrick Beverley posts up Rajon Rondo, scores on him, screams “BABY” in his face — and then gets called for the tech.
Now he’s doin the rockin the baby thing while they shoot technical free throws. – 11:14 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Pat Bev does the “too small” to Rondo, and picks up a T. Now he’s rockin’ the baby. Wolves doing little things to just let the Lakers hang around. They may regret it. – 11:14 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
After scoring over Rajon Rondo, Patrick Beverley pointed downward and yelled, “Baby!” picking up a technical foul. – 11:14 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Interested to see if the Lakers adjust and put Westbrook on KAT in the second half.
That’s what I’d do, and then bring AD as the roaming doubler. – 11:12 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
AD back on the court… – 11:09 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Here’s your Laker lineup out of the timeout: Anthony Davis, LeBron, Melo, Rondo and Bazemore. – 11:09 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Anthony Davis has returned to the game. – 11:09 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD is back on the floor. – 11:09 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Timberwolves honor strength and conditioning coach Bill Burgos as part of their Heroes of the Pack series. Burgos served in the army. – 11:09 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis has rejoined the Lakers on their bench. – 11:07 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
SCHEDULED TWEET
the best shooting big in the league pic.twitter.com/glafg8eQyI11:07 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis looks like he’s going to check back in the game with 3:44 left. His warm-ups are off. – 11:07 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Technically the Lakers are leading this quarter 16-15! – 11:07 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Wolves needed to toast that weird Lakers lineup. They’re up 6, and now LeBron returns. – 11:05 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Karl-Anthony Towns absolutely cookin the Lakers tonight.
Major assist goes to the Lakers scouting department, who yet again appear to have not watched a single minute of Wolves film, ignoring the obvious tactics for slowing the Wolves offense.
Keep guarding KAT w/ DJ lol – 11:04 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
There is no way DeAndre Jordan is gonna stay with KAT. – 11:01 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Jake Layman is checking in and .@JaceFrederick isn’t here. Tough. – 10:59 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
JAKE LAYMAN CHECKING IN – 10:59 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Responding to @Jared Weiss‘s question, Marcus Smart said he advocated for the #Celtics to sign Isaiah Thomas but “there’s only so much I can do.” Said he’s happy Thomas is back in the NBA. #Lakers10:56 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Lakers on a 10-4 run since they called IT – 10:55 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart is excited for Isaiah Thomas to be making his Lakers debut right now, but said he wishes it was with the Celtics. Asked him if he tried to get Stevens to sign him, said he did but “there’s only so much I could do.” – 10:55 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Isaiah Thomas immediately sparked a Lakers run upon entering the game. – 10:55 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart on Isaiah Thomas back in the league: “It’s amazing. I’m just proud he got another chance. … that dude is a fighter, a warrior.”
Smart said he wishes Thomas would have gotten a chance with the Celtics instead. But he’s excited for him to land with the Lakers. – 10:55 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Melo hits a couple 3’s, Lakers on a 7-0 run…Down 29-27 – 10:54 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Marcus Smart says he’s proud Isaiah Thomas has gotten another chance with the Lakers. “I think he was written off a little early.” Said he wishes the Celtics had been the team, but he’s glad he’s playing for someone. – 10:54 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Kent Bazemore made a lay-up in transition, then immediately recognized how special that was, celebrating by shaking his fists in the air. – 10:54 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Isaiah Thomas with back-to-back stops at the rim. First, verticality. Then a strip. Lakers on a run, cutting Wolves’ lead down to two, 29-27, with 8:47 left in the first half. – 10:54 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Isaiah Thomas just scored his first NBA points since April, hitting two free throws for the Lakers in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/u5eHUiJaNN10:52 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
At the end of the first, the @Minnesota Timberwolves lead 23-16, a season-low for a Wolves opponent in the first.
Towns leads all with 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
Vanderbilt grabbed 8 rebounds in the first quarter, the third time this season (all in the 1Q) with 8 rebounds in a quarter. – 10:47 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Anthony Davis turned his right ankle late in the 1st Q, one in which the Lakers shot only 6 for 20, and traili 23-16.
Wolves also shot poorly (9 for 29), making just 1 for 16 3’s, but had 6 offensive rebounds, and also took advantage of 5 LAL TO’s to allow for 9 more shots. – 10:46 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Wolves 23, Lakers 16
Anthony Davis exited late in the quarter with an apparent ankle injury. The two teams combined to shoot 15 of 49 (30.6%). The Lakers were 0 of 10 on 3s. The Wolves were 1 of 16. Minnesota’s offensive rebounding (6) gave them some easy points. – 10:45 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Timberwolves lead 23-16. Teams are a combined 1 of 26 from 3-point line, which is about the same percentage as I’d get if I announced a run for governor. – 10:45 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
After Q1: TWolves 23, Lakers 16.
Pretty depressing start for the Lakers, added to Davis going to the locker room with a rolled right ankle. – 10:44 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
23-16, Minnesota up on the Lakers after Q1… – 10:44 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Anthony Davis was down on the floor clutching his right leg/shin as the game went to timeout. After being attended to by the training staff, AD got up and limped to the locker room. – 10:42 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
#Blazers lead the #Hornets 41-24 after a quarter. It’s the @Portland Trail Blazers highest-scoring first qtr. of the season and second-highest for any qtr. (42 – third qtr, Nov. 6 vs LAL). – 10:42 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
KAT hitting Anthony Davis with a “too small”. Oh dear. pic.twitter.com/9PwTPMkB8W10:41 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
AD holding his right ankle…Lakers take a timeout – 10:41 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis is down, grimacing, grabbing his right ankle. Does not look good. – 10:41 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Anthony Davis is down, holding his right ankle. – 10:40 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Anthony Davis took a tumble and is holding his right foot/ankle. – 10:40 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
anthony edwards is beaming right now
pic.twitter.com/CyymWe75et10:39 PM

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
McDaniels had a 2 changed to a 3. They are now 1-13 from deep, not 0-13. So there’s that. Lakers are 0-9. – 10:36 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Oh wow, Jaden McDaniels’ earlier long 2 is now a 3 so somebody in this game has made a 3 after all. – 10:35 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers are just 4 for 17 from the field to start. Davis leading with 6 points, but Towns (10 points) has matched the Lakers’ offensive output by himself. Notably, the Wolves already have five offensive rebounds. – 10:35 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Chaundee Brown has taken twice as many shots as LeBron James and I think that’s maybe not a great development for the Lakers. – 10:35 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
The Lakers’ shooting and execution has entered the health and safety protocols and will be unavailable for tonight’s game against the Timberwolves. AK – 10:34 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
IT’S A BIRD
IT’S A PLANE
IT’S VANDO pic.twitter.com/7Gg7DUpRHH10:33 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Lakers & Timberwolves a combined 0-19 from 3-point tonight.
Lakers 0-8
Timberwolves 0-11 – 10:33 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Karl-Anthony Towns is playing like a man possessed. He’s already up to 10 pts on 4-for-5 shooting in the first six minutes and he just had another bucket waived off. He is going right at Anthony Davis’ chest every time he catches the ball on offense. – 10:29 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Karl-Anthony Towns is coming for AD. He just had a basket called off for elbowing him in the jaw on a hook shot, but he was still flexing after the play. Playing back-down bully ball in the post, as if he feels he has something to prove. – 10:29 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Jarred Vanderbilt’s season can be described as not fuckin around – 10:27 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Timeout Lakers as the @Minnesota Timberwolves are on a 10-2 run over the last 2:32 (10:37, 1st quarter to 8:05, 1st quarter) to take a 10-4 lead.
Towns leads all with 8 points on 3-4 shooting and 3 rebounds.
Vanderbilt with 3 rebounds as well. – 10:23 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
I can only imagine how pleased @Jbuss is to see Chaundee Brown as the first Lakers sub of the night after what he told me about seeing South Bay/two-way guys with the Lakers. https://t.co/QhV1Yv3FDC pic.twitter.com/CoIQYIl7Ow10:22 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: “Craziness,” coach Frank Vogel said when asked what the Lakers’ week of playing hokey pokey with the COVID protocols has been like. Report from Minneapolis on a day full of action that preceded this 9:15 p.m. local tip. es.pn/33yMAW510:22 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Wolves are ready. Lakers less so. – 10:21 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Karl-Anthony Towns has all eight of the Wolves’ points to start this game. – 10:20 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS 🤯 – 10:20 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Kent Bazemore picks up two quick fouls and is subbed out for two-way wing Chaundee Brown. – 10:19 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Two fouls already for Baze in two minutes of play. Two-way player Chaundee Brown checks in for his first meaningful minutes with the Lakers. – 10:19 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Watched a lot of KAT over the years. These past three games are the calmest and coolest, in terms of focus on the game, I’ve seen maybe ever.
Two methodical and-1s on Anthony Davis here in the first two minutes. – 10:19 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Malik Beasley is AMPED
First start of the season for Beasley – 10:13 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
in my heart, the one true Minnesota Timberwolves jersey is the Purple Rain – 10:12 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
KAT vs. AD
Pat Bev vs. Russ
D’Angelo vs. his old team
And that guy LeBron.
Should be a fun night. – 10:11 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
November’s #NBACares Community Assist Award Winner is @Karl-Anthony Towns! pic.twitter.com/t3SHkEnGLn10:10 PM

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Glen Taylor awards KAT with the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for November. Towns helped deliver more than 600 coats to Minnesota Youth Link for kids who are trying to transition out of homelessness. – 10:06 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
This was a heckuva statement by the #Nuggets after being beaten by Minnesota on Wednesday.
Bones was brilliant, and it seems the Nuggets are A) slowly finding more consistent production from the bench, and B) are clicking on offense the way they used to. Season high 133 tonight. – 10:02 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final Rotations for the Nuggets as they beat the Hawks 133-115 to begin their 3-game road trip.
-A complete team effort. 10 of 11 players positive +/-
-Jokic plays 26 min, gets 20-10-7-3. Ho hum
-Bones a career high 24 points
-4 Nuggets with 20+, including Morris and Jeff pic.twitter.com/9boAJSFaBN9:57 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
Anthony Edwards (Health & Safety Protocols) and Taurean Prince (Health & Safety Protocols) are OUT vs. Lakers. pic.twitter.com/1Kk9tLNiU59:45 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Bron + AD + Brodie + Wayne + Baze
@ToyotaSoCal | #SuitingUpTogether pic.twitter.com/XrSX5Fudl39:36 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Lakers’ starters vs. Minnesota:
Anthony Davis
LeBron James
Kent Bazemore
Wayne Ellington
Russell Westbrook – 9:33 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Max Strus is the fifth player in Heat history with at least 32 points off the bench. He is the second player in Heat history with 8 3’s off the bench; the great @WayneEllington did it twice. – 9:10 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
My @PrizePicks for Wolves-Lakers
Beasley over 13.5 pts
– Averaging 11 on the year, bigger role w/out Ant
DLo over 6.5 asts
– I’d take the over of 10
Vando under 7.5 pts
– Concerned about foul trouble
LeBron over 3 made FTs
– Wolves struggle to guard big wings w/out fouling – 8:59 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
The same way the NBA has decided in the past to intervene when franchises became bad for business, it’s overdue in addressing the medical treatment of star players in New Orleans. AD, Jrue, Eric Gordon, etc., dealt with bad injury luck down there. It’s time to step in for Zion. – 8:59 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
IT BACK… and with a Kobe AD PE! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/NXASPy8ojp8:54 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns upcoming 11-game stretch in 21 days:
Sun: #Hornets
Tue: at #Lakers
Thu: #Thunder
#XMas: #Warriors
Dec. 27: #Grizzlies
Dec. 29: #Thunder
#NYE: at #Celtics
Jan. 2: at #Hornets
Jan. 4: at #Pelicans
Jan. 6: #Clippers
Jan. 8: #Heat
W-L Prediction? https://t.co/wkbyA4BMuz pic.twitter.com/mAiCvWEvOE8:50 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Andrew Wiggins: 18 second quarter points, 24 in the first half on 10-of-17 shooting. Active on the glass (six rebounds), disruptive on defense. That Minnesota game was five weeks ago. Wiggins has been consistently good to great for five weeks. – 8:46 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
“All I can say is some players have gotten the booster shot and some have not.” Frank Vogel, on the Lakers’ collective vaccination status with boosters. AK – 8:42 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says some of the Lakers players have gotten the booster shot and some have not. – 8:40 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
With Lakers radio analyst Mychal Thompson out for Friday’s game against the Wolves because of the health and safety protocols, Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell will handle the radio broadcast solo for @ESPNLosAngeles in addition to his pre and postgame TV duties. – 8:40 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Frank Vogel on what changes without Anthony Edwards for the Timberwolves:
“The guy had 10 3s last game, so it really changes things.”
But Vogel said it was Towns and Russell who hurt the Lakers last time they played. – 8:38 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Regarding Isaiah Thomas, Frank Vogel said the Lakers will see how the game goes in deciding whether to play him tonight after officially signing him this afternoon. If Russ had still been in protocols, Thomas and Rajon Rondo would have split his minutes. – 8:37 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel said he’s uncertain if Thomas, here on the 10-day, will play, but he’s available. When they thought Westbrook would be out, the plan was to split minutes between Rondo and IT, but with Westbrook in, we shall see. – 8:37 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says the plan was to play Isaiah Thomas before Russell Westbrook was made available to play. – 8:36 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel said that, with Russell Westbrook back, he’s going to feel the game out and see if/how much Isaiah Thomas is going to play. – 8:36 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel on the craziness of today: “You gotta just roll with the punches.”
Vogel said he thought Russell Westbrook wouldn’t play today, but he is. He thought Malik Monk was going to play, but he isn’t. Then he took a nap and woke up to the news that Austin Reaves was out. – 8:34 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel said the Lakers woke up thinking that Russell Westbrook was out and Malik Monk was in for tonight’s game. It ended up being reversed. – 8:34 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Chris Finch said Taurean Prince and Anthony Edwards are doing fine, said they’re asymptomatic. They were not at shootaround earlier today. – 8:22 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch says both Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince, who are in the health and safety protocols, are asymptomatic and did not participate in shoot-around this morning, so they were not exposed to any teammates – 8:22 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Minnesota Timberwolves won’t have Anthony Edwards tonight. Coach Chris Finch doesn’t elaborate on his particular status, only that the Wolves will learn more in the next 24 hours as he goes through the re-testing phase. – 8:18 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Bones Hyland so far tonight: a team-high 9 points (3-3 shooting) and 1 assists. That’s an important early bounce-back from him after missing the Minnesota game. – 8:16 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
AD is here. One of his warmups today is jumpers starting from the free throw line, then taking a step or two back every time he makes a shot. Once he reaches half court, he starts stepping back in through the same process. pic.twitter.com/9Yk0NY9ZXX8:07 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Nets statement on Kyrie’s return
Their next road games are Thursday in Portland and Xmas Day at LeBron and the Lakers pic.twitter.com/dN2oiW6sDO7:42 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
As you watch each game this season, play Lakers Pick ‘Em for your chance to win prizes and test your Lakers knowledge. – 7:29 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Tonight’s @kzprovisioning media meal:
Beef Bourguignon, Mustard Spaetzle
Confit Squash with Crispy Ham
Parmesan Cream Cavatelli, Black Truffles
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
@BellecourBakery Desserts – 6:38 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Friday Night Hoops 🌴🆚🐺
⏰: 7:00p.m. PT
📺: @SpectrumSN & ESPN
📻: ESPN LA 710 & 1330 KWKW
#LakeShow x @SociosHoops nba.com/lakers/news/th…6:38 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Currently available for the Lakers tonight: LeBron, AD, Westbrook, Ellington, Anthony, Jordan, Bazemore, Rondo, 10-day call-up Thomas, and 2-way players Chaundee Brown and Jay Huff. – 6:11 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Austin Reaves, Out, health and safety protocols – 6:06 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Remember last time @Isaiah Thomas wore the Purple & Gold? 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/qdFcmgDarN6:05 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
The hits keep coming: Austin Reaves, the hero from the Dallas win to start the trip, is out because of health and safety protocols tonight in Minnesota. – 6:03 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Lakers‘ Austin Reaves has entered health and safety protocols. – 6:03 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Austin Reaves (health and safety protocols) is out for tonight’s game in Minnesota, per the Lakers. – 6:02 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
The Lakers say Austin Reaves, the hero of their overtime win two nights ago in Dallas, has entered the health and safety protocols and is out tonight in Minnesota. – 6:02 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
… and Austin Reaves is now OUT for tonight’s game, due to COVID-19 protocols. – 6:02 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Lakers make it official that they’ve signed Isaiah Thomas: pic.twitter.com/XxSdbOYZxD5:46 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Today, gathered by the family and friends of Tom Hanneman, the @Minnesota Timberwolves & @minnesotalynx unveiled the Tom Hanneman Media Room at @TargetCenterMN.
Versatile. Familiar. Minnesota.
Tom Hanneman remains in the hearts of all who loved him. pic.twitter.com/5qs5qALhya5:43 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Isaiah Thomas will be in the Lakers lineup tonight and wearing No. 31, according to the team. They signed him to a 10-day contract this afternoon. – 5:41 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers confirm Isaiah Thomas has been signed to a 10-day contract via a hardship waiver. He’ll be available tonight, wearing No. 31. – 5:40 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Isaiah Thomas will be available for tonight’s game in Minnesota, per the Lakers. He will wear No. 31. – 5:39 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
The Lakers say Isaiah Thomas will be available to play tonight wearing No.
31. – 5:39 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
LeBron and Isaiah Thomas vs Kyrie on Christmas Day? What a world. – 5:22 PM
Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
As a team in the month of December, Atlanta is averaging 15.0 3FGM (2nd most in the East, 5th in NBA) on .418 3FG% (1st in the East, 2nd in NBA).
Forward Danilo Gallinari is the only reserve to be averaging 14.0+ ppg on at least .500 FG% in December (min. 5 games). – 5:16 PM
Malik Monk @AhmadMonk
😒😒😒 – 5:06 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves @Timberwolves
an early present for y’all.
back to back Track the Pack episodes 👀
📺 https://t.co/6dUKuiSMJF pic.twitter.com/Hk90KaufGS5:04 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Lakers guard Malik Monk was cleared to fly from Los Angeles to Minnesota to join the team for tonight’s game, but ultimately was not cleared to play the game, sources tell ESPN. Russell Westbrook flew from Dallas to Minnesota today after testing out of protocols, per sources. – 5:01 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Malik Monk remains in health and safety protocols alongside Dwight Howard, Talen Horton-Tucker, Avery Bradley and Kendrick Nunn. – 4:44 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
In the Lakers last game, they opted to guard Porzingis with LeBron and put AD on Powell.
I’d assume we see a similar strategy tonight, with LeBron guarding KAT and AD guarding Vanderbilt. That would be a different type of “small” guarding KAT than we’ve been used to. pic.twitter.com/rVylDIBTWt4:40 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Bulls G/F DeMar DeRozan has been cleared from the NBA’s COVID protocols and could play Sunday vs the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/Z0pq0GppWT4:18 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Lakers just made it official that Russell Westbrook has been upgraded to available for tonight’s game against the T’Wolves. – 4:10 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Russell Westbrook is out of the protocols. – 4:09 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook, however, will be good to go for tonight’s game, according to @Shams Charania. – 4:09 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Big news: Russell Westbrook is now AVAILABLE for tonight’s game against the Timberwolves, out of the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. – 4:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Lakers have upgraded Russell Westbrook to available to play tonight.
Westbrook was put in the health and safety protocols. – 4:08 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
The Lakers are listing Trevor Ariza as QUESTIONABLE for tonight’s game. He hasn’t played a game yet this season. – 4:08 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Russell Westbrook is available to play tonight in Lakers-Timberwolves. – 4:08 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
DeMar DeRozan is out of health and safety protocols, should be available to play Sunday vs. Lakers. #Bulls4:07 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Russell Westbrook has been upgraded to available for tonight’s game in Minnesota, per the Lakers. – 4:07 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Per Lakers, Russell Westbrook is now avail for tonight’s game… – 4:06 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Russell Westbrook (health and safety protocols) has been upgraded to available for tonight’s game in Minnesota, per the Lakers. – 4:06 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
9 NBA teams, by my count, have at least three players in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols
Lakers (6 players)
Knicks (5)
Bucks (4)
Magic (4)
Celtics (4)
Kings (5)
Bulls (8)
Nets (7)
Nuggets (3)
(Current as of 4:05pm) – 4:06 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Start your weekend with the #LakeShow
It’s Game Day. pic.twitter.com/iEEyAiQhCa4:05 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Russell Westbrook has been upgraded to available for tonight’s game at Minnesota. – 4:05 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers say Trevor Ariza is QUESTIONABLE for tonight’s game in Minnesota; the team anticipates he will suit up but not participate yet, similar to Wayne Ellington’s ramp@up earlier this season. It will be the first time Ariza has been in uniform this season. – 3:56 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Good news on the Trevor Ariza front, upgraded to Questionable tonight vs the Timberwolves…
Will not play, but will be in uniform…Getting closer – 3:53 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
The Lakers say Trevor Ariza, who has not yet played this season, is listed as questionable for tonight in Minnesota. The plan is for him to be in uniform but not play, akin to how the Lakers eased Wayne Ellington into things last month. – 3:53 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Trevor Ariza will be listed as questionable (right ankle injury recovery) tonight in Minnesota, but he will not play.
Ariza will be in uniform, as Wayne Ellington was when he was coming back from injury earlier this season, when the Lakers also had myriad absences. – 3:52 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Trevor Ariza has been upgraded to questionable to make his season debut tonight in Minnesota, per the Lakers. – 3:50 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Anthony Edwards, Taurean Prince enter NBA health & safety protocols sportando.basketball/en/anthony-edw…3:21 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Anthony Edwards is in COVID-19 protocol ahead of Mavs-Timberwolves on Sunday.
The Lakers added more players to their list after playing in Dallas on Wednesday.
The Mavs have (so far) avoided COVID-19 spread, but the positive cases keep getting closer: dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…3:19 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NFL Network will nationally air the rescheduled Raiders-Browns game at 5 p.m. Monday, per source. ESPN then has Minnesota-Chicago at 8:15… Awaiting NFL’s TV decisions on the two Tuesday night games (Washington-Philadelphia and Seattle-Rams, which are both 7 p.m. EST starts). – 3:07 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Kendrick Nunn is the latest Laker to enter the COVID-19 protocols; he has yet to play this season with a bone bruise in his knee. – 3:01 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Yet to play this season, and previously having been sidelined for the Heat with COVID, Kendrick Nunn is now on the Lakers’ list in health-and-safety protocols. – 2:59 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Behind the scenes and behind the wheel with Lakers VP, Basketball Operations, and General Manager, Rob Pelinka.
Catch Backstage: Lakers, tonight at 10:30pm PT on @SpectrumSN. pic.twitter.com/EBEyXIXxfk2:59 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Kendrick Nunn, who is already out with a right knee bone bruise, is now also out due to COVID-19 protocols, per the Lakers. – 2:54 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Lakers’ Kendrick Nunn has entered health and safety protocols, team says. – 2:54 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers say that Kendrick Nunn, who hasn’t played yet this season because of a bone bruise in his knee, has also entered the health and safety protocols – 2:54 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Kendrick Nunn, who’s been out all season (right knee, bone bruise) has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. – 2:54 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Story from shootaround: Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards, Taurean Prince go on NBA’s health and safety protocols list. startribune.com/wolves-anthony…2:40 PM
Jimmy Spencer @JimmySpencer
Today is the premiere!!!! So happy for these kids.
@uninterrupted’s #TopClassHoops launches today with Executive Producers @LeBron James & @mavcarter
You can watch free here right now: https://t.co/A99Xdt2ORg pic.twitter.com/jQP7JSofyU2:26 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
The Lakers have hired Craig Hughner as the team’s new director of media relations. The Los Angeles native was most recently the vice president of communications for the San Diego Padres. Hughner will begin Jan. 3. – 2:18 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Tonight will be the first game Anthony Edwards has missed in his career. – 2:10 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards, Taurean Prince enter COVID-19 health and safety protocols
via @TheAthletic theathletic.com/news/timberwol…2:09 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NFL officially postpones next 3 Panthers games: at Minnesota, at Chicago and Dec. 23 against Nashville in Sunrise. – 2:08 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
We’re only a few Woj tweets away from “DeAndre Jordan revenge game” being the main selling point of Lakers-Nets on Christmas. – 2:06 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
December 23. Join us for a night honoring 22 Years of Lakers History at STAPLES Center. – 2:06 PM





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