5 Things

This was as losable a game as the Lakers have had on the schedule all season. No AD, no LBJ, guys who needed to step up have been struggling to play consistently and t top it off OKC is a dark horse 8 seed for the playoffs on a hot streak, of sorts.

  1. Kyle Kuzma making the most of his opportunity. Kyle has by far his best game this season. He hit 4-6 from three, canned 15-24 overall, pulled down 7 boards and only had 1 turnover.
  2. That was done glimpse from Rajon. On a night it was needed the Rondo of yore shined forth brightly. 21 points, 12 boards and 8 dimes was enough to replace the production of LeBron for a night. He proved the Thunder defense and found his guys, he played decent defense and we needed all he could bring.
  3. Hey that’s Quinn Cool!!! In 18!solid minutes he hit 50% of his shots from everywhere. It’s always nice to see a guy stay ready for his number to be called. Cook has shown some great professionalism and team spirit during his stint of DNP and garbage time minutes.
  4. Bench hitting the three ball. Cook wasn’t the only bench player to shine. He led a solid all-around from himself, Daniels and Caruso. When the Laker bench produces line that we’re tough to beat.
  5. Solid character win. This win showed me something about this Laker team. They’re really good at staying ready, they take the notion of ‘next man up’ to heart, and they tune out the noise well. This was a great all around effort in a game they could have taken a collective night off. Didn’t happen and so our current winning streak continues. Good stuff.