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Anthony Edwards a ‘Bradley Beal-like’ scorer, per Lakers coach Frank Vogel

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With the Los Angeles Lakers set to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, L.A. head coach Frank Vogel provided a bit of sneak peek into his scouting report prior to tip-off. As it turns out, Wolves rookie Anthony Edwards has popped out of the said report, with Vogel talking up the 19-year-old to have Bradley Beal-like potential.

Vogel admitted that the Lakers have been watching Edwards and that they are well aware of what he can do on the basketball court:

“He’s at the top of the scouting report,” Vogel said, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation. “He and [Karl-Anthony] Towns. Towns is still 22 points per game, but Edwards is shooting 21 times a game over the last five, so he’s looking to score on a Bradley Beal type of level.”

After a relatively slow start to his debut campaign, Edwards has picked up steam of late. The first overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft is averaging 25.0 points over his last five games, including a 34-point career-high explosion on Sunday. Edwards played a key role for the Wolves as they escaped with a narrow win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday — just their fourth victory in their last 20 games.

The Lakers enter Tuesday’s bout against Edwards and Co. shorthanded. Anthony Davis is still rehabbing his calf issue, while both Alex Caruso and Marc Gasol have been ruled out as well. Nevertheless, the defending champs are still expected to come away with a win here against the league-worst Wolves. A loss, despite the current injury crises, would simply be unacceptable.