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Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Live Game Thread: Here comes LeBron James

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (13-18) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (18-12)

WHAT: The Nets are on a five-game win streak, as they take on the King - LeBron James - and the Lakers at home in Brooklyn.

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, SPECSN; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

The Lakers, somewhat surprisingly, have been a little better at defense than they have been on offense, although they’re quite good at both, ranking 11th in the league in Defensive Rating and 15th in Offensive Rating. Their young guys like Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma have the speed and stamina to run around picks and the team is anchored by a rejuvenated Tyson Chandler down low.

They will be tested physically since this is the Lakers third game in four nights. They beat Charlotte by 28 on Saturday, then lost to the 76ers by 18 on Sunday.

The pick-and-roll game was really working for Brooklyn on Sunday and no one benefited more than D’Angelo Russell, who scored 32 points on 68% shooting from the field. He also dished out seven assists with no turnovers and was engaged on both ends of the floor all night. Joe Harris was also dangerous running off of screens and hitting jumpers which makes him way more dangerous than a pure catch-and-shoot guy because in the second half he dribbled off of some screens and got enough defensive attention to make a smart pass out for an assist, of which he had six. That’s where him and a guy like Allen Crabbe differ; Harris is multi-dimensional while Crabbe, even at his best, is just kind of a one trick pony.

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