Los Angeles Lakers guards Patrick Beverley and Austin Reaves will start tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Tonight’s game is the Lakers’ third preseason game on their schedule. As a rookie, in Los Angeles’ 119-115 loss against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Revs collected 6 points, 7 boards, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in 28 minutes of action.
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LeBron on Austin Reaves: “Austin can be on any team. Someone who plays very hard, plays well, doesn’t make mistakes, always in the right place at the right time… plays very hard. His IQ is very high. Always good with him on the floor.” Being, I love AR.” https://t.co/O76NUMMXUY
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 6, 2022
On Monday, in the Lakers’ 105-75 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Patrick Beverley played 13 minutes and finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Although the 10-year veteran was rusty. He shot 1-for-5 from the floor and 1-for-3 from downtown.
Reeves had 5 points, 1 assist and 1 block in 20 minutes off the bench. Likewise, the guard struggled to find his rhythm. He shot 1-of-5 from the field and 1-3 from beyond the arc.
Lakers guards Patrick Beverley and Austin Reaves will start tonight against the Timberwolves.
However, Beverley finished Wednesday’s home game with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes of scoring. He also shot 2-for-5 from the field and 3-point range.
Teammate LeBron James Reaves was asked about his impact on the Lakers. “Austin can fit on any team,” the four-time MVP said. “A guy who plays really hard, plays well, doesn’t make mistakes, is always in the right place at the right time – plays really hard.”
“His IQ is very high. It’s always good to be on the ground with him. I love AR,” and James is thrilled to finally be playing with Patrick Beverley.
Head coach Darwin Hamm discussed the performance of the Revs after the game on Wednesday. “Austin is like a Swiss Army knife,” Hamm explains. “He’s going to be a really important piece for us as we try to turn this around.”
So far, the Lakers are 0-3 in the preseason. While exhibition games are typically meaningless for rookies, the team went 0-6 in the 2021-22 preseason. Los Angeles then failed to advance to the playoffs.
Exhibition matches can give some indication of where a team will finish in the standings. Few fans were overly critical of the team last season. Viewers still wonder if Westbrook’s experiment will work.
However, with LeBron, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley, the Lakers are more than capable of returning to the postseason in 2023. After all, they have started fresh with a new coach.