Lakers vs. Hawks Preview: Can L.A. slow down Trae Young?

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Lakers vs. Hawks Preview: Can L.A. slow down Trae Young?
Lakers vs. Hawks Preview: Can L.A. slow down Trae Young?

The Los Angeles Lakers will play their fifth game in eight days tonight, but tired legs won't be an option against their latest opponent. Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks may not be a juggernaut in the NBA's pace stats, but will still pose a potentially tougher test than one might think based on their 4-8 record given L.A.'s perpetual struggles defending quick, scoring guards and the continued absence of Avery Bradley, the Lakers' most reliable option on such players this season. Bradley is set to miss at minimum the next week, meaning that the duty of defending Young will likely fall to some combination of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — who is coming off of one of his better performances of the season on Friday — and Alex Caruso.

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