Lakers at Thunder: Three Things to Know (1/13/21)

The Lakers (9-3) play their third back-to-back set of games of the young season on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City (5-5) against a young Thunder team, with a 5 p.m. tip on Spectrum SportsNet.

Below are three things to know about the matchup:

When LeBron turned around to accept Dennis Schroder’s bet immediately after releasing a corner three in the second quarter against Houston, it of course didn’t really have anything to do with the next night’s game in OKC. Except, perhaps, that it was a statement of chemistry, cohesion and fun that’s represented on a Lakers roster of players that is really enjoying playing together. That’s something that does carry through a regular season, especially when a bit of extra energy is required – like on a back to back.

The Lakers thoroughly dominated Houston for eight straight quarters, outscoring them 120-102 and 117-100. The Rockets just weren’t competitive. They clearly have their own issues to deal with James Harden’s much-reported trade request weighing on the franchise.

OKC, in contrast, is just going out and playing hard every night, and it’s been enough to produce a .500 record despite their use of several players with limited experience and production over the years, particularly off their bench. Their starting lineup does boast some real experience, with George Hill and Al Horford anchoring things alongside still-young Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. And then Lu Dort and Darius Bazley,…

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