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Preview: Warriors at Lakers to end first back-to-back

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The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers clash in a battle of low-stakes.

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Game Information

Golden State Warriors (4-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)

How to Watch?

Date: Friday November 3, 2016

Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles, CA

Time: 7:30pm PST

TV: ESPN, CSN Bay Area Radio: 95.7 THE GAME

Golden State Warriors fans, remember how just a few seasons ago one of the few joys we could take from all those years of losing seasons was when one of our measly wins was against the Los Angeles Lakers?

Case-in-point, our December 2000, 125-122 overtime win over the Lakers behind Antawn Jamison’s 51 points. (Fun fact #1, we finished that season with a mighty record of 17-65.)

Well, that feeling we got beating the Lakers back then, that’s what’s at stake in this game... but this time it’s for the Lakers’ fans.

That’s not to say the Lakers players are bad. They show flashes of promise and the departure of Kobe Bryant will definitely allow them room to grow, now that they don’t have to worry about getting Bryant his 20 to 50 shots per game. (Fun fact #2, the Lakers finished Kobe’s last season with a record of, you guessed it, 17-65.)

With young players like D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers have the potential to surprise teams on any given night. But the consistency just isn’t there yet for this Lakers team, and it will likely be a few seasons before they can put it together.

And despite coaching Los Angeles’ now-second-banana team, Luke Walton’s LAC problem isn’t the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s “Life After Curry.” Coaching is a lot more difficult without a superstar like Curry to bail out bad possessions. Like his players, Coach Walton’s got a lot of promise but it’s going to take some time.

As for the Warriors, this game doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of the season. A win will be expected and a loss this early can be discounted in the amorphous concept that is “process.”

Still, the Warriors were able to amass a total of 63 assists in their two preseason games against the Lakers and they played a spectacular game last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coming off that dominant win, this is an ideal second game for a back-to-back and should go the Warriors’ way.

But if not, no biggie... for us.

Jason’s predictions

Score: Warriors 113 - Lakers 98

High Scorer: Stephen Curry