The Los Angeles Lakers won last night, beating the Timberwolves 112-104. The Lakers played without Anthony Davis, as he will reportedly be missing the final handful of games prior to the All-Star break. He’ll be missing time with a re-aggravated Achilles injury as well as a calf strain, injuries both sustained in the blowout loss the Lakers suffered against the Nuggets on Sunday. The Lakers won without him on Tuesday night, but with opponents such as the Nets and the Jazz on the horizon — do the Lakers have enough to go toe-to-toe with these teams? Frank Vogel would emphatically say “yes” (quote transcribed from Spectrum SportsNet’s Twitter).
“We wanted to have a deep team this year. We weren’t sure about what COVID losses we would have from time-to-time. Obviously the short offseason, it was going to be a concern for potential injury. I like what we have to go to war with. In this stretch where we’re going to be without Anthony Davis, we gotta have a deep team. We have a lot of guys on this roster that I believe in. So we’re going have the mindset of continuing to win every night we take the floor, and we started strong tonight.”
Frank Vogel on new acquisitions like Schroder/Harrell/Gasol and Matthews tonight:
"I like what we have to go to war with. We have a lot of guys on this roster that I believe in."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 17, 2021
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) February 17, 2021
Other than the four key rotation players that the Lakers brought in during the offseason, the Lakers also re-signed Markieff Morris who had a stellar 2020 Playoffs despite only joining the team right before COVID-19 suspended the season in March 2020. His playing time has sort of disappeared as of late behind a rough start to the season, but he had three made three-pointers off the bench last night. Frank Vogel was also sure to give him his flowers last evening.
Frank Vogel on Markieff Morris: "He's a heck of a basketball player and big reason why we won a championship last season."
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 17, 2021
As said previously, the Lakers have the Nets coming up tomorrow night. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were out in the Nets’ exciting comeback win against the Suns last night, but they should be in the lineup tomorrow against the Lakers.