“Will Jimmy Butler play?” has become the new “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” Find out if Butler will play or not when the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-7) travel west to take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) at Staples Center on Wednesday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on nationally on ESPN. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPN. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPN is included in the “Sling Orange” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of either or both, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can also watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
The Lakers continue to struggle in the early part of their season, as head coach Luke Walton is trying to find the answers for the starting lineup and bench. In addition, Walton is also trying to find an identity for the team, something that President Magic Johnson was counting on for him to establish. Is Los Angeles a fast team? Or do they want to play at a slower pace with James’ mileage?
Answer: the Lakers play at one of the fastest paces in the league, averaging 118.9 points per game (third most in the league). The drawback to that scorching pace is that the Lakers are abysmal defensively. They’re allowing 120 points per game (27th in the league) and rank 23rd in defensive rating …read more