Steve Novak

Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder preview

Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder preview

The Lakers (16-41) take a three-game winning streak into their Sunday afternoon battle against a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder (32-27) squad at Staples Center.

The Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook, who suffered a broken bone in his face on Friday night; Kevin Durant (foot); Steven Adams (hand) and Steve Novak (appendectomy).

Center Enes Kanter (thigh) is also questionable.

Oklahoma City sounds a lot like the Lakers, who will play without Nick Young (knee), Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back),

Key matchup

Given the sparse roster, the Thunder will presumably rely...