Los Angeles Lakers face the Denver Nuggets for first time since four-team trade

By David Charnley
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Gary A. Vasquez -US Presswire

The Los Angeles Lakers will face off against the Denver Nuggets for the first time since removing them from last season’s play-offs in Game 7.

It’s also the first time the two have clashed since the four-team trade that saw Dwight Howard head to the Staples Center. From the trade, the Nuggets acquired Andre Iguodala and lost Arron Afflalo.

Iguodala, who spent the summer in London collecting a gold medal during the Olympics, is the Nuggets top scorer and star performer this season, averaging 15.7 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and an efficiency of+16.31.

The former Philadelphia 76ers guard heads into the clash with the Lakers after shooting 22 points against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night despite being on the losing side in what was a dramatic game.

The Nuggets, who have started off the season 8-8, will travel to Los Angeles knowing that if they play well from what has happened to the Lakers this season they have every chance of picking up the win.

While the Lakers have Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace they have enough on the floor to be performing better despite missing their top two point guards.

Steve Blake tweeted to fans that his return is still some time away.

“My MRI today confirmed I still have an abdominal strain & will be out at least two more weeks. Look forward to returning as soon as I can.”

The Lakers are currently sitting two games back behind surprise division leaders the Warriors. A victory tonight will take the Lakers back to 0.500 as they desperately attempt to start picking up the victories and get a streak together.

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