Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio demonstrated in the duel between the Lakers and Minnesota that they are recovering their best level of play after their discreet start to the season. The Lakers fulfilled the forecast and won 104-112 despite the loss of Anthony Davis, who suffers from Achilles tendon problems and will be out for a few weeks.
LeBron James dominated the game and had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. German point guard Schröder seconded him with 24 points and Harrell, with 17 points and 6 points off the bench, once again demonstrated why he was named the Sixth Best Man in the League last season. In the absence of Davis, Marc Gasol played 30 minutes, ten more than his average this season. The Spanish pivot added three triples, 11 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
D’Angelo Russell will be out for a period of four to six weeks. The Wolves’ starting point guard will be operated on for a left knee injury. This season he averaged 19.3 points and 5.1 assists. Ricky Rubio placed Russell in the starting five and showed that he is recovering his best level of play, with 13 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Towns, on the other hand, after having suffered the coronavirus, is still not in his best moment, and was below what he usually is, with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Instead, the number one of the last draft, Anthony Edwards shone with 5 triples, 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Denver Nuggets accused the absences of several injured players and lost in Boston (112-99). The Celtics had a four-game losing streak in their last five games. Jaylen Brown, with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Jayson Tatum, with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, and Kemba Walker, with 17 points cemented the triumph of the Celtics.
Argentinean Facundo Campazzo made his first start for the Nuggets and was on the court for 40 minutes due to the absences of starting point guard Monte Morris and guard Gary Harris, among others. The former Real Madrid player added 15 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. The best of the Nuggets was Serbian center Nikola Jokic, with 43 points, and guard Jamal Murray, with 25.