Video: Lakers – Timberwolves Pregame

Since the return of 2008 lottery pick Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-19) have been playing much better basketball to beat Denver in Colorado and Utah at home before narrowly losing to New Orleans and Toronto.

Coached, of course, by former Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis – who will receive his championship ring in a pregame ceremony – the Wolves are steadily improving at running the triangle offense. As such, the Lakers (17-3) will be fairly familiar with what Minnesota is trying to accomplish, but as assistant coach Brian Shaw described (video above), they don’t know the Wolves as well as Rambis knows the Lakers.

L.A. is shooting for its 11th straight win, which would match the team’s longest streak since 2003-04, when the team didn’t lose from March 13 to April 2.