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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:45 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    LeBron & Lakers Running to Greatness? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:29 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From the above article:

      Luke Walton was not joking when he said he wanted the Lakers to play even faster than their third ranked 100.97 possessions per game from last season. This despite LeBron having never played on an NBA team top-ten in pace. Any concerns about the 34-year old LeBron embracing Luke Walton’s modern version of Showtime on steroids were quickly put to bed as James and the Lakers are leading the league with an amazing 112.00 possessions per game.

      While the Lakers are unlikely to be able to maintain this pace all season, there’s no doubt they’re breaking new ground for how fast a team can play. The Lakers’ relentless pushing of the pace even after made baskets has them averaging league-best 28 fast break points and 70 points in paint per game, huge increases over their impressive second-ranked 17.5 fast break points per game and third-ranked 51.9 points in the paint per game from last season.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:13 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep, the new rules and our personnel make controlling the pace essential. It’ll be interesting when we play a gum JR up and slow it down kind of team. Just need to clean up some very clean up-able things and we’re on our way.

      Hope that the guys next in line can step up and fill the void, get LBJ that first Laker W!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:21 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s only been two games but LeBron seems like the ultimate fit to Luke’s push-it-even-off-makes offense. We haven’t even seen LeBron go into high gear yet. He’s pretty much just been fitting in. Once the team gets their game together, I expect LeBron to become more aggressive looking for his own shot. Fast as we play, he should average 30 points per game.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 5:43 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hope Luke can handle this unexpected explosion. Need to calm everybody down.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:55 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            It’s going to be a blessing in disguise. Lonzo will take over as starter and Kuzma or Hart will get a shot to start now and maybe even later if they shine. I’d like to see Lonzo, Hart, Kuzma, LeBron, and JaVale. Luke will likely start Lonzo, KCP, Hart, LeBron, and JaVale.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:02 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink

              Yep. Need the win, just for morale.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 5:43 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The Lakers are missing one ingredient to dominate with their style of play. What’s his name? Julius something.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:47 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    Although we all want to make the PO’s, this year is about who stays and plays and who don’t and wont and who we bring in next season to help us win-a Chip!

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:06 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    JaVale has been a revelation, while Ingram and Kuzma haven’t fared as well 

    What Went Wrong: The Lakers’ success or failure this season will turn largely on the play of the young core, and in particular, on Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. Lonzo Ball is going to split time with Rondo, Josh Hart is going to share time with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and whichever combination of those players is on the court at a given moment is likely to be fine.

    But there is no back-up plan for Ingram and Kuzma, and that is perhaps the biggest concern to emerge from the first week of the regular season. Expectations were through the roof for both players this year, and if either or both does not come through in a big way, the Lakers are in trouble.

    Excluding James, they are the only players on the team with the potential to score 20 points a game, and without both of them playing at a high level as the second and third scoring options, the prospect of the Lakers making the playoffs this year will take a big hit.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:10 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent article by Hannah Kulik, who is definitely better in print than video. Ingram has had the toughest time since he has had to change his game more playing alongside LeBron. Kuzma has started slow and partly because he’s playing with Lance who tends to dominate the ball and clock. Hopefully, Ingram being suspended will give Kuzma a chance to start or at least play more minutes at the 3, which is his natural position and where he creates the most mismatches.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:27 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry, it’s been two games. No need to over analyze.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:52 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    Story out of Sunday’s practice … we’re about to see more Ball, Hart, Kuzma and Lance 

    One thing we can assume: Ball will slide into the starting point guard spot. He played a very strong individual game against Houston, scoring 14 points on 5 of 10 FG’s and 4 of 8 threes, plus six boards, four assists and zero turnovers in 26 minutes. He was active defensively throughout, and looked bouncy.

    Walton has a few options to replace Ingram, whether it be Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma or Lance Stephenson.

    Hart could be the most likely option, as he’s started very strong in averaging 15.5 points – second only to LeBron James’ 25.0 – on 52 percent shooting and 40 percent from three, playing strong defense and adding 4.5 boards per evening.

    That would allow Stephenson to take on some additional ballhandling duties that would typically be occupied by Ball or Rondo with the second unit. Meanwhile, Kuzma could still be utilized in small ball settings as a five if he maintains his rotation with the second unit.

    Of course, Walton could go in an entirely different direction. We’ll likely learn about it just prior to Monday’s game against the Spurs.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:16 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo regained his rhythm against Rockets and it couldn’t have come at a better time 

     
  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:02 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    4 games for BI, 3 for Rajon 

    Could have been a lot worse, 2 games for CP3 so everyone gets a taste.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:26 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great opportunity for Lonzo to take over the starting point guard role. Maybe also a shot for Kuzma to take over for Ingram and maybe convince Luke to shift things to keep him in the starting lineup. This situation could end up with a legitimate silver lining.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:58 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ingram is actually very lucky that that haymaker he threw didn’t seriously hurt somebody. He’s lucky that he was only suspended 4 games. The last thing the Lakers need right now is for Ingram to turn into Kermit Washington or Bobby Portis and wreck his budding career. Lots of the frustration was due to his poor start to the season. Hopefully, some time to reflect and get his head together will enable him to break out when he comes back.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:30 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bullsh$t!
      Once again, the instigators get barely a slap on the wrist.
      Absolute bullsh$t.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:20 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds about right…BI was the 3rd guy in and threw a haymaker from the blindside. Luckily, like most ball players, he can’t fight for shyte and barely grazed anybody.

      Rondo was the instigator so he got the extra game over CP3.

      I don’t see the silver lining in any of this as the team is trying to build some continuity but now they’re missing multiple rotation players for a week, will be playing some funky lineups, and then gotta reset again next week when Rondo & BI get back.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:25 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball says the Lakers are “going to miss” Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:28 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No doubt Lonzo is also looking forward to the opportunity to show what he can do as Lakers starting point guard the next three games. The big question is will it be Lance or Kuz who replaces Ingram the next four games. Luke has a great opportunity now to see how Lonzo and Kuzma affect the starting lineup. I think there’s a good chance both can earn starting roles with Ingram replacing KCP or Hart when he returns. That would give us what I believe is the Lakers best starting lineup:

      PG: Lonzo Ball
      SG: Brandon Ingram
      SF: Kyle Kuzma
      PF: LeBron James
      CE: JaVale McGee

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:45 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    Ingram has been suspended four games and Rondo suspended three games 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:55 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not a good start to the season for the Lakers. Lost the game, the fight, and the penalties. Rondo may end up losing his starting point guard role, which could be a blessing in disguise, except it leaves the Lakers without a quality backup. Ingram should give Kuzma an opportunity to start at the three.

      Bottom line, if there’s a silver lining to the fight, it could be replacing Rondo and Ingram with Lonzo and Kuzma. Of course, Luke has proven not to be predictable so he just might start Lance instead of Kuzma. Anyway, I would love to see the Lakers play the next three games with this lineup:

      PG: Lonzo Ball
      SG: Josh Hart
      SF: Kyle Kuzma
      PF: LeBron James
      CE: JaVale McGee

      The beauty of this lineup is putting three players who don’t hesitate to shoot the three around LeBron. We can’t continue to lose 24 points per game in the three-point shooting wars. You just can’t get enough extra possessions via pace or offensive rebounds to make enough layups to offset all those threes.

      This entire situation could end up creating a chaotic situation for the next 3 or 4 games … or it could give Lonzo and Kuzma the opportunities they need to solve our 3-point shooting woes. Had we shot threes even at last year’s dismal 34.5% rate, we would have ended up tied in both games.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:59 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink |  

    5 Things I liked 

    Wow. Well that was certainly a home opener. In a game that was supposed to be all about LeBron James somehow it became about every other aspect of the Lakers as they currently stand. Mercurial vets we brought in after signing LeBron causing distractions? Check. Rondo and CP3’s bad blood was on full display and Lance played peace-maker, sure, but only after he did a masterful job of enticing Harden into a T. Ingram with that half court sprint into a cheap shot punch…that’s an unfortunate course for that young man to have embarked upon, cheap shots like that really have no place in anything. I was fine with the shove, he’d been the focus of their offensive attack in the first half and wasn’t getting the same love, as none of the Lakers did, from the whistle-bearers. But there’s no place for that kind of cheap shot. Hope he learns from it.

    Anyhow…

    1) Lonzo Ball. The only Laker to make more than one 3 pointer. With Rondo bound to be missing a game or 3 let the Ball era begin anew. Lonzo was 4-8 from 3 and is shooting them with confidence. He still gets lost on defense and where he needs to be off the ball on offense but with Rondo getting suspended he has a great opportunity early in the season to re-capture his starting role. Lead the team to a win tomorrow and it’ll go a long way towards making that a more legitimate choice.

    2) JaVale Mcgee’s defense. Played 20 minutes again, altered a ton of shots, scored efficiently. While I question his repeated outside shooting his skills around the rim on both ends are top shelf. Keep it up, JV.

    3) Rajon Rondo pre altercation. I don’t see Rondo spitting on Chris Paul in any replay I can find. That’s some bush league CP3 shyte and I hope the league suspends them equally. To that I expect Brandon to get suspended the most, cheap shots like he chose to throw are the kind of things the league loves to come down hard on. They could take into account his 3 seasons of generally stellar conduct…but we’ll see. But Rajon, pre-antics was rolling. Outside of a couple ill-advised full court passes (and he’s not the only one throwing those) he was killing it. Hitting smart shots, making great reads and playing decent D.

    4) Identity points. 68 points in the paint, 22 fast break points. If we start hitting free throws and couple more three pointers per game we’ll be in great shape. As a team we only committed 11 turnovers, it was our sending Houston to the line the amount of times that we did (and missing our own). Our defense and passing acumen is leading us to easy scoring chances, we’re missing wide open threes and free throws. Need to clean those things up.

    5) Lance Stephenson. No offense to Brandon Ingram, he’s my favorite young Laker although his latest escapade was dismaying, but Lance is playing better right now. Lance may not have the three point touch, but his defense is great and he can create his own shot. The only thing being that, if Ingram is suspended, we’ll need someone to score off the bench. At any rate, had the fracas not occurred I’d have been fine with the rotations as they were for a good 15-20 games. The fracas changes everything. Lance just might see himself in the starting line up and if he’s a part of our first Laker win it’ll make the conversation about who should start a legit one.

    Ingram coming put of nowhere, and frankly even pushing James Harden, was a big surprise to me. I hope he hasn’t been holding his emotions in so tight he’s reaching a boiling point. Because, frankly, this isn’t even pressure yet. This the beginning of what will later become true pressure, when everything is at a literal boiling point and every second of your on-court life matters to a level that approaches the absurd. But it’s truth, and it’s the kind of truth that makes a person uncomfortable. Because the only thing it reveals is the current state of your character and strength of will. At this level your sill and ability is pretty much undeniable, you add to that through hard work. But the pressure attacks something different, something you can;t make stronger with weights or running a lot. It attacks your soul and your will.

    All the young Lakers are struggling. Ball not so much mentally but getting back to his best, current, physical self. That’s what could end up setting Lonzo Ball apart from the other young bloods: his strength of spirit. That dude is as cool as a cucumber. We’ll see how this all shakes out soon enough. I expect the Lakers will be “short-handed” Monday night.

     
    • p ang

      p ang 3:10 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Five things I didn’t like:

      1. LBJ protecting/cuddling CP3 while their other buddy Melo was harassing BI. Time for LBJ to take lessons from Magic v. Isiah Thomas. Lakers bigger than any friend.

      2. BI’s punch. Stupid stupid stupid. At least he didn’t punch and run away like Melo did in NY. Melo and his stupid tough guy act. Notice how Lance didn’t even pay any attention to him?

      3. KCP’s diet. I’m blaming his current lousy play to his diet. Go back to what you use to eat in Detroit, KCP!

      4. Laker’s collapse. Maturity hopefully will cure that.

      5. JaVale’s 20mpg. Guy should play 30mpg along with Rondo.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:24 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with all of those.
        I hope some of LeBron’s team mates, maybe Rondo, brings up the fact that he had Chris’ back instead of protecting “his guys.”

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 10:49 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We could have won that game, if all that ruckus that BI kinda started or finished would not have happened. Gain control young Ingy, gain control. Why do we keep KCP playing? Never been impressed except about 1 of every 5 games. He’s gone next year anyway. Nice game by Zo! Really need a win Monday.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:05 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lebron averaging 38 minutes so far; pretty sure that wasn’t the plan.

      It doesn’t seem like Javale can go for more than 5-6 minutes at a time before needing a significant rest. Dude looks like he’s just finished a marathon everytime he goes to the bench. He’s been great while he’s in there but we need to figure out what to do for the other 28 minutes.

      Gonna take time for these guys to learn how to play together and especially how to play off Lebron. This is a byproduct of turning over half the roster every year with these 1 year contracts.

      Luke already seems to have settled on a 9 man rotation of Lebron, Rondo, Javale, BI, KCP,.Hart, Lance, Lonzo, & Kuz. With the upcoming suspensions Beez, Svi, Zu, or maybe even Mo will get another chance to make a better impression. Really disappointed in Beez so far but not really surprised. The backup center role was his for the taking…still is.

      The fight? Not a big deal. You aren’t gonna spit on Chris Paul (intentionally or not) and not have it turn into a scrum. Take the punishments and move on.

      We’ve been in both these games going into crunch time but couldn’t pull em out. Eventually Lebron will figure out who to trust and when it’s time take over..he always has.

      Just Roll With It…..

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:35 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Had kinda hoped Ingram would be more willing/able to step into that second banana role but just hasn’t been able to put together a solid offensive outing. Like the whole squad I think it’ll come together sooner than later. Just a matter of when.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:06 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Ingram has been so frustrated by not being able to hit his threes that it might be good for him to sit a few games and get his mojo back. His defense has been excellent but it’s been a struggle for him to play off the ball when with LeBron and Rondo. I think time off watching could help him get his head back on straight. He’s got the toughest job fitting in with LeBron and needs the ball a lot more than Lonzo, Josh, or Kyle.

          LeBron has been working hard to blend in with the Lakers offense, which I think has made it tougher for him to just turn it on and become the closer. The Rockets did a good job on making sure he would have to beat several players to score. Great as he is, LeBron never was the guy you really wanted to take the last shot ala Kobe although he is the guy you want to have the ball at the end of games. Just more of a facilitator than closer

          Anyway, sometimes the passion you love to see just flows over and you get a situation like last night. Losing two tough games that you could have won if you could just make a three plus the usual cheap plays favored by Harden and Paul made a fight inevitable. I’m of the mind that this might end up being a positive for the Lakers in that it will hopefully give Lonzo and Kuzma a needed opportunity to show what they can do as starters with LeBron.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:16 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff as usual, Jamie.

      1. Loved Lonzo’s game. Showed some grit by hitting those threes even after airballing one. I think he’s chomping at the bit and will lead us to three wins while Rondo is out.

      2. JaVale was a force. He’s been the best Laker during the first two games. He completely neutralized Capela when he was in the game. Would like to see the Lakers slowly increase his minutes from the 20 he played last night closer to the 34 minutes Capela played. At least half the game or 24 minutes.

      3. Rondo was great but we just didn’t need a fight that cost us him for 3 game and Ingram for 4 games. Just hoping Lonzo and Kuzma can turn that into a silver lining. Does raise a little concern about how well Rondo will wear if the team starts to struggle.

      4. Yes, we are starting to create a definite identity for our relentless juggernaut pace. Perfect timing considering the new rules designed to help freedom of movement. I expect the Lakers to set new marks for pace, fast break points, and points in the paint.

      5. Lance may not fit with Luke’s offense but there are definitely times when the offense stutters and you need a guy like Lance who can not only get his shot but make it too. Just need to pick and chose the right times and Lance needs to continue to work hard to fill his role.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:22 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    This is what you get when the League celebrates the two dirtiest players in the game today: Harden and Chris Paul.
    Harden causes the contact just about every time he drives or shoots from three, yet, the refs pretend that he doesn’t.
    Paul’s dirty play has been well documented throughout his entire career. I’m glad Rondo got that good punch in. That fool deserved it for putting his finger onto Rajon’s face.
    Stupid move by Brandon. He didn’t need to run in from 20 feet away to throw that punch.
    As for the game: No defense will always equate to no wins. This team will b very good once they learn how to play some D.
    Great to see Zo have a good game.
    Brandon and Rondo will probably be suspended for at least two games and that will hurt.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:22 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      btw, where is everyone? You guys start up a new site, or what?

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:37 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The refs were responsible for the whole thing. Not only did Harden run into him, if you watch he pushed off in Brandon’s high chest or possibly the throat area. And Brandon was called for the foul. He had to be frustrated because Harden creates contact and always get the call every time.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:43 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There hasn’t been a player that I’ve watched in the NBA, throughout my 33 years of viewing that gets, and has gotten, more Phantom Calls than Harden. It’s beyond ridiculous.
        All the “stars” get special treatment- it’s just that Harden is 10 levels higher in this absurd category.
        If I were Adam Silver, I would suspend these refs for two games as well.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:32 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That was clearly an offensive foul by CP3. The league needs to do something about how he is refereed. You cannot guard him when he can just ram into the defender and knock him out of bounds. Next to CP3, Harden is the biggest A-hole in the league.

          On the other hand, I did not like seeing LeBron taking care of CP3 rather than his own teammates. What’s next? LeBron criticizing his young teammates for fighting? Should have had your teammates back, not your Banana Boat buddies.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:57 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Absolutely. And how in the world is a clothes line a flagrant one? I think that’s where it started. And then you have the disparity in falls called and then how ridiculous some of them were. Hart gets hung up on that screen and Harden jumps sideways into him and Hart is called. That’s absurd.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:03 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s a shame, because if you take all the dirty plays from Houston out, this was a fun game to watch.
        Anyway, on to the next one.

      • p ang

        p ang 3:13 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree.

        And lets not forget the amount of abuse LBJ was getting yet no fouls. Or how CP3 keeps running into Rondo.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 11:26 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope Ingram gave Chris Paul a black eye. Little punk!!! Who does Paul think he is? One of the three Stooges?!!!

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:25 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He thinks he’s amazing. I’ve never been a huge fan, I admire his clutch shooting and his play making acumen. It ends there, he is not a great competitor.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:47 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Cheap shot artist.
          You don’t see half the things he does until you watch him in person.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 11:19 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He is pretty amazing lol. Several times I jumped from my seat -- shots I never thought would go in and he made them. Chris Paul seemed to be everywhere. But I hate his little man syndrome.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:57 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Here’s hoping Lonzo has a great shooting game tonight! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:20 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Other than Rondo who is 1 of 2 from deep, Lonzo Ball is leading the Lakers in 3-point shooting at 41,7%, followed by Josh Hart at 40.0%. Everybody else sucks: KCP 25%, Kuzma 17%, LeBron 9%, Ingram 0%, Stephenson 0%.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:36 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Luke explained why KCP remains the starter over Josh Hart 

    The biggest position battle was between Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart. Both had stretches where they out-performed the other, but Hart’s hamstring injury late in training camp essentially cinched Caldwell-Pope as a starter.

     
    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:32 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That might change soon. Rondo and Ingram is bound to be suspended so we’ll need to promote Lance and Ball to the starting line up. Hart not hitting threes like we know he can is all that’s holding him back right now, KCP looks hell bent on playing his way out of the starting line up. Dude is one slow starter to the season, same thing as last year. I thought it might be his legal woes but it now looks like more of a KCP thing.

      I know Luke loves him his vets, but this is quickly becoming a lopsided debate.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:40 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    5 NBA Free Agents Who Could Help LeBron James And The LA Lakers 

    1. Marreese Speights

    Speights is a very versatile big man who would form great pick and roll partnerships with LeBron and Rondo. He can hit the mid-range J and can run the floor which only adds to the potential of the Lakers fast break.

    He would also be a great practice partner for JaVale McGee as both these guys would push each other for minutes which heavily contributes to the end product we see on the floor.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:44 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually think Mo Speights could be a perfect fit as our 15th player and backup stretch 5 who can mentor Moe Wagner. Speights is an excellent 3-point shooter and has size and height to defend and rebound the position. He would help our bench 3-point shooting, screen setting, defense, and rebounding. And he’s played for Luke.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:21 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Luke says he'll keep same starters tonight: LeBron, Rondo, KCP, Ingram, JaVale 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:45 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Be interesting to see if KCP, Lonzo, Ingram, and Kuzma can improve their 3-point shooting tonight. Going to need to take more than 30 threes and make more than 7. Can’t give the Rockets 18 more points via threes and think you can win the game. Let’s see what adjustments Luke has made so we can win.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:18 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Pace and … Boards 

    On Thursday night in Portland, the Lakers were absolutely flying up and down the court, pushing what turned out to be 227 total possessions in L.A.’s 128-119 loss. Divide that number by two, and you get a pace of 113.5.

    “I thought we really, we had a good thing going,” he said after the game. “We had 70 points in the paint, something like that, 39 fast break points around there.”

    The actual number was 34, but it seemed like 39. To put it in perspective, the Warriors led the NBA last year with 18.8 fastbreak points per game, while the Lakers were second at 17.5.

    For Lonzo Ball, it’s pretty simple.

    “We are just faster than a lot of teams,” he said. “So when we get out, not that many teams can stay with us.”

    But there’s a catch, or a lack thereof, in terms of rebounding the basketball. L.A. had a boards deficit of 54-46, including a 14-8 margin in Portland’s favor on the offensive glass, which produced a 21-10 differential in second chance points.

    “We kept giving up more opportunities, that’s what I kept stressing to our guys,” Walton added. “We would get the stop, and then we’d start leaking out instead of coming in and rebounding, so we left some on the table.”

    The boarding problems sometimes came from wings leaking out too early to get in transition, and sometimes from just failing to box out, as happened to Brandon Ingram – who did plenty of other things well – late in the first quarter.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:19 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers need to keep whichever guard or forward playing on weakside in for rebounds. Most rebounds go to weak side. That’s where we were getting killed by Blazers.

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