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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:18 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    5 Things I Liked 

    KidCore comes through huge! All 5 of our young lions formed Voltron with all our drafted players playing big roles in the win over OKC!

    1) Kyle Kuzma as the Black Lion. At the center of everything was Kyle Kuzma. 32 points (on only 20 shots), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Yeah he got his customary offensive foul called on him but he adjusted his attack afterwards and slithered around paint defenders. That three point stroke we’d all been pining for showed with a little ‘howdy-doo!’ and forced OKC to scramble to contain him on the perimeter which he used to drive into the lane for some of his pet runners. While he wasn’t the only hero he certainly was the one doing the most damage on the scoreboard.

    2) Ivicia Zubac as the Yellow Lion. Putting the team on his back in the 2nd quarter when we were down big Ivicia was both instrumental in bringing us back from 17 down and helping us hold on for the win. This season has seen two of the best games Zu has ever played in his life and they’ve both shown us a true diamond in the rough. As always, and as it goes with all of our young players, consistency is the key word that comes to mind. Zubac posted a career high in points (26 on 14 shots along with going 3-4 from the stripe to help the team to a very welcome 19-21) but he also led the team in rebounds with 12. But my favorite stat of the night from Ivicia was his one assist to Brandon Ingram for a game sealing dunk. He made a GREAT read on that play and you could see how pumped he was going down the court afterwards. Game ball to Zu.

    3) Josh Hart as the Blue Lion. Josh returned to his hyper efficient self and was the second best rebounder with 10. 50% (or better) from every shooting perspective, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block to go against 1 turnover. Nice to see the Hart of old return to the fold. While I don’t think this performance heralds a return to the starting line up, if anything it really cements my opinion that he’s better off the bench this season, he was in the game during the 4th and OT which is what should really matter to a player, anyhow.

    4) Lonzo Ball as the Red Lion. With his speed and quickness and best of all his aggressiveness all game long Lonzo Ball has looked like a player more worthy of his draft selection over the last week or so. Again, consistency is the goal, but to set the bar where he’s set it lately has been a welcome sight. Lonzo hit a ridiculously deep three pointer to push the lead as the Thunder were going on their final run, he found teammates for buckets to the tune of 10 assists and best of all he didn’t let missed shots affect anything he did on the court. While his recent spate of increased aggression has not come with efficient shooting I don’t really care. The pressure he creates is the key to unlocking our offense and to that point he has, lately, shown a lot of consistency. The shots will fall but he has to take them.

    5) Brandon Ingram as the Green Lion. If you’re not into Voltron than this post might be a bit of a head-scratcher but it’s worthy bit of televiosn to invest some time in as it exemplifies good teamwork, persistence and doing the right thing as key aspects of heroism. The Green Lion and it’s pilot are the least powerful, in appearance, but the most thoughtful. Brandon Ingram had a terrible night from the field with his only basket being a wide open dunk created by OKC over-containing Zubac in the paint. He will quickly turn the page on his 1-9 effort and hopefully be comforted by his team-leading 9and career high) 11 assists. He also hit all 6 of his free throws which is a huge thing for him, lately. BI sees the game at a different level than Ball does. Lonzo sees where a teammate is going to be before he gets there and can often hit him in strife. Ingram sees the game as it unfolds around him but with the length and skill to still make solid reads. This manifests in his defense, scoring and passing. The shots aren’t going to fall every night but the key to success at this level is to not let that discourage you from impacting the game in other ways and Ingram did a great job of that.

    All in all I have to ultimately disagree with the TNT halftime guys who categorized this as a terrible home loss for OKC as opposed to a terrific road win for the Lakers. The Lakers took this game, OKC was slow to react to our bench storming back, missed key shots and free throws and generally made enough small mistakes to leave the door open a crack. But this was a dog fight from halftime on. the kind of dog fight superior talent, which OKC cetainly had last night, usually wins. it takes discipline, teamwork and rugged determination for a team like ours to pull this win out against a team like the Thunder…on the road…in overtime. So hats off and congratualtions to Luke and the staff for finding the right mix of players to compete hard after that terrible 1st quarter. Back pats and high fives to every player who played and someone get Michael beasley the right shorts for crying out loud!

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:12 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Awesome write-up!! Not sure what the Voltron thing was about but I think I get the point.Thanks Jamie.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 7:51 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice post Jamie. Last Chris Webber kept emphasizing how young this group is and it does take time. We have seen enough good games from all of them to know that they are a talented group. But the consistency come with experience. And you to learn how to adjust. You can tell this is a young team because it seems the better the opponents talent, the better they play. But it’s not always young teams, the 3rd year of the 3 peat was frustrating for me as well because they seemed play down to their opponent. Anyway I think we will see another good effort in Houston.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:25 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed, we owe Houston some big time payback. Also agreed on the level of improvement in the young guys. It won’t come all at once.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:51 AM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Would be nice to get a fairly called game today but I’m not expecting one. Harden gets all the phantom calls.

  • p ang

    p ang 3:37 AM on January 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Magic: See the Warriors game last night?
    Rondo: Yup.
    Magic: Go call Boogie.
    Rondo: Ok boss

    Rondo: So what’s the plan for next year?
    Boogie: Wherever you go, I’ll go.
    Rondo: Magic owes us a raise.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:27 AM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sign Boogie this summer and flip him for Davis at next season’s trade deadline.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:07 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers still appear to be the likely landing spot for Carmelo Anthony 

    We see him on social media, where workout pictures, coded captions and portraits with his good friend, LeBron James, are the norm. He was even spotted having dinner with the Lakers star back in mid-December, when TMZ chronicled their New York City steakhouse visit that came just days after our Joe Vardon reported that James was – surprise, surprise – interested in having his banana boat brother added to the Lakers. In between, with former players like Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady weighing in on whether the 34-year-old Anthony should retire and Big3 Commissioner/rap icon Ice Cube even weighing in, the question about his hoops future loomed.

    The Lakers, who have a full roster and would have to waive someone to sign him if he was waived, continue to be tied to Anthony more than any other team. But according to a Lakers source, the fact that the roster is full is not a small obstacle. Not only is it unclear how they would clear the roster spot to add Anthony, or if there’s a possible trade to be made there with the Rockets, but a source close to James said Anthony’s conditioning and the overall state of his game are considered key factors here in terms of convincing the Lakers to add the player who had the worst season of his career with the Thunder and wasn’t any better with the Rockets.

    After the Lakers’ Thursday night win in Oklahoma City that improved their record to 5-7 since James went down with his groin injury on Christmas Day, it seems safe to say this much: If anyone winds up giving up their spot in order for the Lakers to sign Anthony, it won’t be third-year big man Ivica Zubac. The 21-year-old was seen by some earlier in the season as a possible candidate to be cut if Anthony was added, as he’s entering restricted free agency this summer.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 1:57 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      #1 -- Does he know which shorts he’s supposed to wear?

      #2 -- Don’t matter. Keep him as far away as possible.

  • Seely_Iggy (Director)

    Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:56 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    C’mon!!!! Where is Jamie Sweet’s 5 Things I Like report? It just doesn’t feel right not seeing it day after a big game :D

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:39 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    Luke Walton’s relationship with Magic Johnson has been good! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:42 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a terrific read by Ronald Agers for Lake Show Life. Best discussion of why Magic Johnson wants a fiery old school coach in the mold of Pat Riley versus a laid back ‘chill’ new school coach like Luke Walton. Ron does a great job laying down how Jeanie fits in the picture and what Luke’s future prospects may be. The odds may be stacked against Luke as the long term coach of the Lakers but he may be the ideal fit because of the Lakers’ young players. How this team finishes the year will likely be a huge factor in Luke’s future with the Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:30 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers getting closer to LeBron and Rondo returning next week! 

  • p ang

    p ang 12:32 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    First team to score wins stat is still doing 100%.


  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:06 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    Huge Win 

    There haven’t been many games this year where we got big games from all of our kids. Tonight there were contributions all the way down the bench to Moe.

    Lonzo showed us again what he can do when he he doesn’t hesitate. When he plays poorly you can see the wheels turn in his head and over thinking takes over. Tonight whether it was shooting the 3, attacking the rim or passing the ball he was just playing free and easy.

    Josh is a true junk yard dog. Kuz got the 32 but like Luke said in the post game we lose without Josh. Game ball to Josh.

    Kuz isn’t going to shoot over 50% from 3 every game but with how he’s improved the rest of his offensive game if he can shoot close to 40% from 3 we won’t need to trade for a 2nd scorer. He will be 20+ a game.

    In flashes Big Zu has shown why he was kept around. He seems to be playing with more force then in the past. Out playing a center as good as Adams down the stretch and in OT was a huge step forward for one of the most likable Lakers. He’s been our best center in a lot of games lately.

    And finally BI. He has averaging over 18 a game since returning from that injury. But they just weren’t falling tonight. But he’s really growing as a playmaker. Instead of forcing the issue he dished out 11 assists. But was more impressive was his defense on Paul George down the stretch. When he came back in with with about 5 1/2 minutes to go Luke put him on PG. PG went 0 for 6 with one point total down the stretch and in OT. Considering PG is in the MVP discussion that was impressive.

    Oh if you were wondering, the officials review stated that Lonzo’s Foul on Westbrook was on the floor and should have been side out. Ya think?

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:24 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One thing I forgot to add about Zu. He had a whopping +35 tonight!!!

    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 7:52 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Other than the first quarter, the whole team played hard. Effort makes a huge difference. Loved how many times Lakers players went to the ground to get lose balls. AND hitting 19 of 21 free throws was critical to the win.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:11 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Thanks for the excellent write up. And you’re right, this was a HUGE win. For Luke Walton, for Lonzo Ball, for Kyle Kuzma, for Josh Hart, for Ivica Zubac, for the entire Lakers team.

      Just a couple of monster stats from last night’s game.

      (1) 19 of 21 free throws (90%), led by Ingram’s 6 for 6.
      (2) 19 of 40 threes (47%), led by Kuzma’s 7 for 12.
      (3) 72-54 rebound edge with at leat 2 boards for every one of the 12 Lakers who played.
      (4) 37 assists led by Ingram’s 11, Lonzo’s 10, Josh’s 5, and Kyle’s 4 -- total of 30 assists .

      Credit to Luke Walton for his great speech telling Lakers to go out and have fun in OT. I’m sure most Lakers fans were thinking we’d lost the game by letting the Thunder come back on the blown call against Lonzo. While the Lakers had responded all game long to punches from the Thunder, I think Luke’s approach was exactly what this young team needed at that point in time. It was also great to see Lonzo respond and make up for call that allowed Russ to tie the game by hitting that clutch three and clutch two attacking the rim. And man, did Josh win so many 50/50 balls from bigger players. And Zu should get some consideration as the starter as JaVale and Tyson have been worn down. When Kuz is hitting from outside, the Lakers suddenly become a much more dangerous team.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:21 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great write up, Michael! that foul on Russ for three free throws was such a joke call, nice to see that be the final verdict although it literally means nothing. Loved how we competed after the 1st, Luke lit a fire under some butts and the team did their job and responded. This replaces the Mavs win as the best win of the year, for me.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:53 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wow! Very impressive comeback and OT win! Would like Luke to make up (Magic’s) mind to play the year out with LBJ and kids or LBJ and trade or whatever. Surprisingly I wouldn’t mind LBJ and kids only (minor minutes to everyone else). Alot of teachable moments from that game. Hart was awesome, Kuz yeah, Zo seem to play mad and that translated into good! Might as well roll with Zub, he’s earned it.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:42 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Takeaways from this Lakers W 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:44 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This was a great game by Lonzo and the offense is much better when Zo has the ball rather than Brandon, who had a great game even though his shot was off. Didn’t go iso and made some great plays for teammates and shut down Paul George in the fourth and OT.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:44 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess you didn’t watch the game, fool.
      Ingram was setting everyone up all night.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:46 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s directed at “Josh T.”

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 10:52 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wait are you serious? Ingram wasn’t even involved and added nothing offensively until garbage time in OT. Ball runs the offense much more smoothly, I hate Ingram running the offense.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:26 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ingram did do a great job distributing the ball last night, Matt, but he didn’t do it playing point. Lonzo had that job last night. Brandon deliberately looked to pass in lieu of shooting in order to get his teammates involved on a night when his shot wasn’t falling. That was a huge development. Combine that with great defense down the stretch on PG and you have the formula for how Brandon could be a great fit with LeBron.

        I’ve always believed the future role for Ingram was not as the team’s go-to scorer to close games but as a lock down defender who does everything: score, rebound, play make, steal, block shots. In fact, what we saw last night was a glimpse of the potential of the Lakers young core. Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, and Josh combined for 70 points, 29 boards, 30 dimes, 7 steals, and 2 blocks. Another big challenge on Sunday will require more of the same great team basketball.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:54 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You know why I can’t stand the clown crew over at TNT?
      Besides Shaq, they are all biased Laker haters. They wouldn’t even say that it was a great win for the Lakers. “It was just a bad loss for the Thunder.”
      P******f and try calling a spade a spade. We stole that game and deserve credit.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:35 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Great job defending and playmaking by Brandon Ingram – Where was PG? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:37 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ingram couldn’t hit anything but didn’t go into hero mode and instead focused on creating plays for teammates and playing tough defense on PG. That’s the kind of Ingram who’s going to fit on any team. All four of the Lakers young core plus Zu came through big tonight.

      • John M.

        John M. 12:00 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think it’s safe to say Zu is one of the core now. He’s become that Euro big with the soft hands that we’ve been wishing we had. If he gets a jumper going, or (gasp) the 3-ball, yikes!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:55 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great playmaking from Brandon.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:22 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody has ever mistaken PG for a clutch player. Maybe he will change that image during this year’s playoffs, maybe he won’t.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:10 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball andBrandon Ingram finally figure out how to use Ivica Zubac 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:14 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I remember reading how a 1-handed Rondo and Zubac beat a couple other Lakers in a 2-on-2 match. Ironically, of our three centers, Zubac runs the pick and roll better. Of all the young players, Zu struggled more than anybody when LeBron and Rondo went down. He’d been feasting off their great pick and roll passing and almost immediately saw his productivity dive. Tonight, Ingram and Ball did a great job of taking advantage of Zu and his play tonight only solidified his membership on the young core. He’s giving the Lakers an entirely different but effective style of play at center. Lakers’ 3-headed center! Rondo and Zu off the bench.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:47 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Zo has finally figured out how to use him. Same with Brandon.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:01 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Josh Hart's Rodman-esque rebounding was a key to Lakers winning this game! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:03 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There were a half dozen critical defensive rebounds that Josh simply outfought multiple opponents to grab. Seemed like he dominated those weak side defensive rebounds all night long against bigger players. Nothing better than to have a junkyard dog like Josh having your back in a fight. Josh had a great all-around game tonight.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:00 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Luke had a simple message for the Lakers at the end of regulation 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:08 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great job by Luke. This is why his player management and relationship building skills are so important. This was exactly the right move at the right time by Luke and starting with Lonzo’s three, the team responded and closed the game out like a veteran squad. Kuzma and Lonzo were superb and Ingram’s playmaking and free throw shooting more than made up from his tough night from the field. Throw in a career night from Zu and the Lakers’ young core stepped up to the line and showed up big. Kudos to Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, Josh, Svi, and Moe. Lakers now 5-7 without LeBron.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:56 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers Stun Thunder in Overtime 138-128! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:22 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Big win for the young Lakers. No doubt helps a lot pressure wise to be a 10-point underdog but give the Lakers credit for coming back from down 17 and then after blowing the win in regulation, crushing the Thunder in OT to win by 10 with the young core dominating OT. I think Lakers have a chance to do the same tomorrow night against the Rockets. We’re now 5-7 without LeBron and could easily be 6-6.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:50 PM on January 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Well we held them under 40 for the 1st Q. I hope we put up a decent fight.

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