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Patrick Beverley wont let preseason matters rattle his focus on Lakers starting role

Lakers guard Patrick Beverley, shown here playing against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 5, wasnt going to let a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves get him fired up.

Believe it or not,Patrick Beverleyinsisted that whenthe Lakersfacedthe Minnesota Timberwolveson Wednesday night in their preseason finale at Arena, thered be no extra juice, no extra snarl, no extra energy.

That Beverley was the emotional leader for the Timberwolves last season, pushing them into the postseason after being sent packing bythe Clippers, didnt matter.

Im happy to be playing against anybody, Beverley said flatly before theLakers 118-113 loss. You cant take this game for granted. We see the injuries that happen throughout the league, see the injuries that happen throughout the preseason. Any game you play is important.

But surely, Beverley playing the Timberwolves for the first time since they traded him in a deal for All-Star center Rudy Gobert who missed both of the teams preseason meetings would get one of the NBAs best irritants, you know, irritated.

I mean, its preseason, said Beverley, who finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes.

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The Lakers, for their part, are trying to strip as much of that title away as possible between now and Tuesday when they opens the season against the Golden State Warriors. Its why Coach Darvin Ham is ramping up his stars minutes and beginning to tighten his rotation.

Still, the search for a starting five continues.

Wednesday night, Ham startedAnthony DavisandLeBron Jamesin the frontcourt withRussell Westbrook, Lonnie Walker IV and Beverley in the backcourt. Its one of the combinations Ham is considering for his starting lineup.

Walker, who missed the first two preseason games because of an ankle injury, quickly has endeared himself with his athleticism and offensive skill set.

Just the energy and physicality that he plays with. Offensively we spoke about his defense earlier, but offensively, the way he runs the floor, the way he can handle in transition and get to the rim and attack with force, Ham said. He can catch and shoot. He can play pick and roll. He knows how to space. Knows when to slash. Ive encouraged him to be active on the offensive glass and be a good screen-setter. And again, hes looking to make his mark. And not in a selfish manner, but in a supportive manner to our three big dogs.

Walkers scored 12 points in 19 minutes before leaving with a left leg injury. James led the way with 25 points to go with 11 rebounds while Davis added 19 and 13.

The Lakers pick up their first preseason win since 2020 against the Golden State Warriors, but the Lakers stars still dont see time together on the court.

The Lakers know theyll have James, Davis and Westbrook in the starting lineup (provided all three are healthy). From there, Ham still is searching.

We get an opportunity to throw some stuff at the wall and see what sticks. We already know our three main guys Russ, Bron, AD. Those guys as well are getting used to playing with one another. That was very limited last year, Ham said before the game. So we look at it as an opportunity to just shake the rug and just shake things up and see what makes sense once it all starts to come together.

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Dan Woike is the Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times after spending two seasons covering the league as a whole, with an emphasis on Los Angeles teams.

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