Can Tyson Chandler Save the Lakers?

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Lebron James flirted with another triple-double and Kyle Kuzma came through the final stretch as the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-110, in National Basketball Association action at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, November 7 (Thursday, November 8, Manila time).

The Lakers do have defensive issues and that was clear after the first 11 games.

Powered by their veteran backcourt, the Timberwolves got 31 points from Derrick Rose and 24 from Jimmy Butler.

James contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and calmed the nerves of his young colleagues down the stretch.

Luke Walton's job has come under the microscope after his team's hard start to the campaign and his future would have again been questioned had they lost to the Timberwolves.

With only a cursory knowledge of the Lakers' plays and schemes, Chandler still provided defense, rebounding and hard picks while playing a surprising 23 minutes.

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Kuzma's fourth 3-pointer put the Lakers up 111-104 with 1:51 to play for their biggest lead of the night.

An NBA Executive told Bleacher Report that Phoenix could've maximized Chandler's veteran impact by keeping him, but Suns VP, and LeBron's close friend, James Jones had other ideas.

Overall, the Lakers played great and gave us a glimpse of what they are capable of once again.

"The more pressure I can take off him, it will free him up to do all the special things he has been doing his entire career".

If his performance in Wednesday's game was any indication, Chandler could serve to be an impactful asset off the bench that could help the Lakers turn it around from their early-season struggles. His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.

The Lakers ended the clash with a +7 rebounding advantage, the first time they've done so since their third game of the season.

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