The Los Angeles Lakers went down to the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-99 on Tuesday night. If you take a glance at the box score, you will be very confused. The Laker bench out-scored the starters 72-27. This anomaly was in due in part to Jodie Meeks spraining his ankle one minute into the game after missing a jump-shot. Meeks landed on Corey Brewer‘s extended foot and did not return. He still managed to get off two shots in that one minute.
Another starter, Steve Blake, seemed hesitant to even shoot the ball as he is still recovering from a torn ligament of his shooting elbow. He matched Meeks’ shot attempt total while playing 31 more minutes. Jordan Hill injured himself four minutes into his stint coming off the bench and recorded one defensive rebound and no other statistic. Hill received a vicious accidental elbow to the head from his own teammate, Chris Kaman.
Manny Harris, who probably was not going to play until Meeks’ injury, came in and scored 19 points with eight rebounds. Harris was on the last day of his second 10-day contract, so that might have been his last game in the NBA. Nick Young, also off the bench, scored 24 points, and got to the free-throw line 13 times! The only Laker starter to shoot a free throw was the unheralded Robert Sacre, who pulled down just four rebounds in 32 minutes at center.
Ryan Kelly shot 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, but 0-for-8 inside the three-point line, and managed just two rebounds as the starting power forward.
Finally, the Lakers shot a higher percentage from three than their total field-goal percentage. For emphasis, Los Angeles shot 47.6 percent from three and 39.6 percent from two. None of it makes sense, but considering the type of season it has been, it actually makes total sense. Even Steve Nash managed to roll off the training table and play for the first time in three months. In total, all 11 Lakers who were available played.
If you are a Laker fan, it’s best to take these games in stride. When Harris comes off the bench and out-rebounds the entire starting front-line, it might be time to laugh this one off.
Just laugh all the way to the draft lottery.