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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:26 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers had Bonga, Caruso and Williams join them from South Bay 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:29 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bonga has excellent experience running high pick-and-rolls with Zubac on the SB Lakers. Lakers could do worse than give him a shot at playing the point with Lonzo and Rondo now out. It would make more sense than playing Caruso. Start Lance and have Bonga back him up. Who knows. We may find another silver lining.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:28 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:29 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      D**n. Lonzo was just breaking out. Injuries seem to be happening more to every NBA team.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:36 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yikes! On the bright side he ain’t gettin traded. Just a stinking bad break stepping on that guys foot.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:40 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s a shame and a tough break. We were up by 18 before he got hurt. Just took the wind out of our sails and the offense struggled. Lance did a good job keeping it close and credit the Lakers for hanging tough. A banked three and double clutch three put it into OT but the Lakers never quit. Loss and Lonzo injury hurt but still lots of reasons to believe in the Lakers’ young core after the last two games. I’ll take that and be happy.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:47 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Noooooo.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:08 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    ‘He Has the Highest Value’: Kyle Kuzma Emerging as Lakers’ Best Young Talent 

    The goal is to pair James with another star. Perhaps the team can permanently groom Kuzma into that role, but the priority seems to be adding an elite veteran in free agency like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson. The top overall target is Anthony Davis, but to acquire the New Orleans forward within the next year, a trade would be required.

    That’s why the Lakers’ young prospects need to show out: to help James in the current playoff run, to supplement a second star next season or to be sacrificed in a deal for a player like Davis.

    Recently, Kuzma has emerged as the Lakers’ best scorer, making him valuable for the first two options or potentially the primary piece the Pelicans might demand if they do deal Davis.

    In the meantime, Kuzma has shown he can help carry a team offensively.

    “He’s a legitimate scorer that fits the modern NBA perfectly,” a former general manager told Bleacher Report. “Kuzma has the highest value of the [Lakers’ young prospects]. He’s the most proven.”

    Per NBA.com, in the 12 most common lineups the Lakers have run with Kuzma, the team has a positive net rating in 10. The least successful shouldn’t be surprising: the lineup coach Luke Walton has started without James. That group (JaVale McGee, Ingram, Hart, Ball and Kuzma) has been outscored by 21.9 points per 100 possessions. Walton recently pulled the plug, starting Tyson Chandler and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in place of McGee and Hart.

    Ball’s top lineups are identical to Kuzma’s, as Walton relies heavily on the two to play together. Ingram has similar numbers with seven lineups out of eight with positive net ratings (with least 30 minutes played).

    By and large, the Lakers have had a strong season—recent losses to the New York Knicks (10-34) and Cleveland Cavaliers (9-38) aside. Injuries have set the team back, but the Lakers still boast the seventh-best defensive net rating on the year at 106.3 points per 100 possessions.

    “The Lakers were defending before James was hurt, after their rough start,” the former executive said. “If you throw out the early part of the season, they are a very good defensive team.”

    “Kuzma’s shot-making is peanut butter and jelly with LeBron’s shot creation,” a video analyst said while also noting that Ball would be an even better fit if he could become “a competent scorer.” The analyst continued: “Lonzo is a better contributor in every other aspect. I’m a big believer in Lonzo, so I’d give him a slight edge long term.”

    “Defensively, [Lonzo] is really good,” the former GM said. “I like Lonzo. … I love what he can do in transition and how he can defend. His shooting and scoring need to continue to improve.”

    Ingram dominated overtime Saturday against the Rockets, albeit in a losing effort. He missed eight of nine shots against the Thunder but dished a career-high 11 assists in the win. In 13 games without James, Ingram is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He doesn’t take many three-pointers, which is probably a good thing given he’s hitting 27.3 percent of them over that stretch.

    But long term, to fit with James, Ingram is going to need to develop his outside shot. Kuzma is 23 and spent three years at Utah. Ingram, 21, spent just one year at Duke and has a lot more developing to do.

    Multiple scouts and executives around the league are intrigued by what Ingram may or may not be in the NBA. He’s polarizing, but the former GM is not a fan.

    “I’m not an Ingram guy. I don’t like the inefficiency and style of play,” he said. “I respect the scoring ability, but he doesn’t separate with a live ball and hasn’t shown to be a consistent three-point shooter. We know how much that hurts [in today’s game]. He’s a good finisher and gets to the line. Defensively he’s brutal, and with his style of play and lack of shooting, I’m probably lowest on him.”

    Ingram is more of a long-term play, which could be enticing to a team that has time to be patient. The Lakers, once they signed James, are on a different track. He may prove to be the best all-around player out of the team’s young prospects, but he may also be the piece the Lakers need to sacrifice in an eventual trade for a second star.

    Ball needs to learn how to score more consistently. A point guard who doesn’t need the ball can be valuable alongside James, provided he can catch and shoot. Ball’s shaky jumper could make him expendable.

    Because Kuzma has a clearly defined skill in scoring, in a style that fits well with James, he’s the one young player the team should make every effort to keep. Of course, he’s also becoming the top target for teams.

    In chasing Davis, the Lakers may need a push from his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also represents James.

    “I’d say if the [Philadelphia 76ers offer Ben] Simmons, or with the [Boston] Celtics’ package of picks and young players, the Lakers would probably be third,” the former executive said. “One would think that [Pelicans general manager] Dell [Demps] would want a deal done around the draft [with Boston’s picks].”

    But the key to a Boston package might be second-year forward Jayson Tatum.
    “After Simmons, I love Tatum. He’d have to be the deal-maker in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes,” he continued. “If he’s in the package, AD to the Celtics. To each his own in the NBA, and certainly others would value differently, but on average, based upon body of work, I think the 30 teams would value Philadelphia/Boston talent over the Lakers.”

    If the Celtics won’t include Tatum in an offer, or if the Sixers hold on to Simmons, the balance shifts considerably.

    “Boston [wants] to keep Tatum. If Rich Paul is trying to control [Davis’ fate] until 2020 [when he’s an unrestricted free agent], then likely Tatum isn’t made available by Boston and the Lakers probably get it done,” the former GM concluded. “That Paul also represents Ben Simmons has to help the Lakers too.”

    If Kuzma is third after Simmons and Tatum, but neither is made available by their respective teams, the Lakers may have the best piece to offer.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:19 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent summary article by the always trustworthy Eric Pincus about how Kuzma, Ball, and Ingram fit as teammates for LeBron or trading chips for Anthony Davis.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:31 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Been saying this since last season

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 1:38 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kids showed some grit! I like what I am seeing of late. Not sure why Zub hasn’t earned the starting spot? Three events cost us the game (big mistakes that you cannot do and usually win). Luke Techs, sheesh. Allowing Gordon that 3pt shot. KCP was 0-7 from 3 and shucked up a ridiculous shot toward the end. Those were the giveaways, either one cost us.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:23 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Six lessons from loss to Houston Rockets 

    1. The Harden Rules – The Lakers may have shown the NBA how to slow Harden down.

    Before I start, I would like to give a special shout-out to Ms. Jeanie Buss! I have to give her credit for standing by Luke Walton (more on him in detail..stay tuned!). She saw something that I believe nobody saw in this guy for the last two weeks. No check that, after Sunday night’s loss to Cleveland.

    2. Walton is the head coach – Who is this Luke Walton!…I like this guy!!!

    Looking at how Luke Walton is coaching now, it should be evident that his job was on the line this week. It seems that he made a decision that if he was to go out, he was going out doing things his way! Let me put it this way, if Walton had this attitude at the beginning of the season, the Lakers could be in the top 4 in the Western Conference. No question.

    3. Kyle Kuzma is a baller folks… He’s a budding star. No matter the circumstances. LeBron James in the lineup of not!

    What should have the Lakers fans excited is the fact that Kuzma had an all-around game. The Detroit game seduced him into being a gunner who looked to force the action. That was not the case in this game. Like in Oklahoma City, he was in control and played within the offense.

    4. Brandon Ingram was late to the party…But he showed up and showed out!

    The Lakers have to make a move in my opinion to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Once an “untouchable” player to the front office, that shine is gone with the emergence of Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. If he doesn’t want to leave Lakers Nation, he has got to get consistent.

    5. Meet your late game stars…”Dancing” Lance and Ivica Zubac!

    Zubac does not start games, but we can get used to the notion that if he has it going, he will finish them. Before fouling out in overtime, Zubac scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He does his job setting the pick and making himself available at the rim! When LeBron James gets back, Zubac is going to murder NBA big men with his activity and movement.

    Notice who passed the ball to him? Yep! Lance Stephenson!
    Lance broke out the banjo four times out of eight opportunities knocking down 4-for-8 from 3-point land. He parlayed that to a 16-point night with 4 assists. Half of his points were in crunch time to help send it into overtime! He did all of this in 25 minutes of action. Again, kudos to the coaching staff for staying with him when he was effective. Are you going to get this every night…no.

    6. To the people blaming Caldwell-Pope…

    I challenge anyone to try what KCP tried to do defending Harden for basically the length of the court for 40 minutes and do better. The Lakers asked Caldwell-Pope to hold the one player that is on a historic streak of all eras in check the best he can with little help at times on the deep perimeter.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:37 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Superb article by Ron Agers for Lake Show Life. Great mix of objective reporting while still pimping the purple and gold.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:15 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That was what I liked most about the game last night. KCP muzzling Harden. Dude stayed with his man, picked him up full court and all. Great job! I had penciled in a loss last night so to see the kids playing so good until the moment Lonzo went down was a treat.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:16 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Btw, I was not into Ron Agers because of that mean-spirited hit piece on Luol Deng. But I’ve come around and actually enjoy his writing a lot. Good reporting and with a sense of humor.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:05 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    LeBron-less Lakers beat OKC in their house & came close to doing the same in HOU. 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:08 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Too many positive signs from Lakers last two games to allow Lonzo’s injury or a 4-point OT loss to the Rockets get blown out of proportion. I loved how the Lakers competed, especially in the OT after falling behind by 6 points. This team has no quit and played a great game and deserved to win. Move on with confidence.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:38 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers reporting it’s a left ankle sprain for Lonzo 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:42 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s great news. Zo was once again dominating the pace at both ends before the injury. Lakers had 15 point lead when Zo went down. Luke’s defense was great. What changed was Harden finally decided he was going left no matter right. We had forced him to the right all game and he obviously didn’t like it. He twice forced the issue with KCP and forced his will. I don’t blame KCP for that last shot. He played great D all game long. Young core gets an A again in my book. Hope Rondo can go Monday and take over for Lonzo. This was a loss but one that still showed a lot of growth by the Lakers young core. Kudos to Lance for great play at the point. Rockets were lucky. Lakers once again showed strong signs of accelerated growth.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:21 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think what changed the most was the other Rockets started hitting some of those wide open 3’s they were missing in the 1st half.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:47 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers defense following the “anybody else” mantra in regards to James Harden. 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:48 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also forcing him to his right on every play, trapping him with a double in the corner, and sagging if he penetrates, forcing James to pass to perimeter. Working great so far as other Rockets not hitting their 3’s.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:44 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers up by 18 at end of half – Defense stiffling Rockets 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:09 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers doing what they do. 39-26 Q1 Lead 

    Kuz scoring – 20 points
    Zo passing – 7 assists
    Tyson rebounding – 6 boards

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:00 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    How should Lakers defend Rockets tonight? 

    It will be interesting to see how the Lakers defend the Rockets tonight. With both CP3 and Capela out, the Rockets are almost as shorthanded as the Lakers and that should open up some opportunities for Luke to make adjustments to keep the impossible-to-guard James Harden in check.  Harden challenges NBA defenses with pick-and-roll and isolation plays. So how should Lakers stop James Harden tonight?

    Number one is no free throws. Fouling Harden just plays into his hands and slows down our transition game. I’d adopt Pops strategy of keeping my hands back and not reaching. The old coaching cliché of playing defense with your feet and not your hands applies doubly when guarding Harden, who’s been averaging over 15 points per game from the line. Need to keep Harden free throws in single digits tonight.

    Number two is force him to give up the ball. With Capela out, Harden has been playing even more iso ball than usual. I would definitely put Ingram on him and instruct him to force him to his right hand and make him shoot midrange jumpers rather than layups or threes. I would not let him go left where he is deadly attacking the paint or shooting his patented step back three. I would also double him with Lonzo every chance we get. Give up open threes or whatever you have to do. Just don’t let James Harden beat us.

    Number three is go small. With Capela out, the Rockets are going to go small and surround James Harden with shooters. Lakers need to be ready to respond and matchup accordingly. As much as we would like to have a shot blocker to protect the rim, the Lakers need speed, smarts, and quickness on defense so they can double Harden and still get back to challenge three-point shooters. Frankly, when we’re moving, rotating, and pressuring on defense, we’re at out best. Beasley or Kuzma at the five.

    Offensively, 3>2 is going to be critical in this game as the Rockets are going to be firing away and the Lakers are going to have to at least make a high number of threes to stay with the Rockets. They can’t get trapped thinking they can put in a big center and punish the Rockets inside without Capela. They also can’t just think making layups and dunks is going to be enough. The Lakers need to keep the made threes competition close. This is one of those few game that could actually be won by the coaches as much as the players. it will be interesting to see if current Lakers coach Luke Walton can best former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. Lakers can move into a virtual tie for 6th in the West with win over Houston tonight.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:30 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pay the refs to call the game fairly.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:36 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Better to be smart and not reach or put yourself in position to have foul called.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:47 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He gets more phantom calls than any other player ever.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:52 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            So you adjust instead of complaining which does no good.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:39 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink

              How do you adjust exactly?
              All you can do is stay three feet off of him. If not, he will pretend that he gets fouled every time he shoots. It’s not basketball, it’s theatre.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:03 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink

              No question it’s not easy and the refs favor him but there are fouls and there are dumb fouls, Matt. You have to move your feet and not reach. It’s that simple. Otherwise, you’re playing into Harden’s hands. We’ve let this team get under our skin twice before this season. Time to be smarter tonight. No crying about the calls. Keep cool. Play smart. Don’t give Harden 15 free throws. That’s how you keep him under 50.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:36 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PG came up clutch today with the four point play for the win in Philly.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:54 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PG would have been a great fit on Lakers but KD, Kawhi, Klay, or AD would be better so Lakers could still come out better for not getting him.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:56 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow. Looks like Rockets going to go small tonight but Luke is going to start McGee and try to own the boards. Only problem is there may not be many boards. Luke trying to play 2>3 is not going to work. 3>2. Lakers will have to adjust and go small. Can’t beat the Rockets unless you compete in the war of threes. This is where Luke needs to shed his Phil Jackson snakeskin. Look for Lakers to get off to another poor start. SMH.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:40 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        3 is only greater than 2 if you have guys who can actually make them.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:51 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You’re missing the logic behind the 3>2 efect, Matt. You can’t win in today’s game if you lose the 3-point battle by a large margin. It also speaks to the point that the threat of 3’s opens up the floor for 2’s. Outside in is more effective than inside out in today’s the game.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 5:02 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Not missing the logic.
            You are going with the Antoni approach where no matter what type of players you have, you run the same system. That is not logical.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:09 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink

              Who’s JaVale going to guard on the Rockets, Matt. They’ll put a 3-point shooter out there to pull him away from the rim and he’ll be useless trying to stop a guy 25 feet from the hoop. He’s not going to protect the rim because his man will be in the corner.

              And for every two point offensive rebound or tow point dunk JaVale gets, the Rockets will get three. Teams can force opponents to go big but it’s a lot easier for teams to force opponents to go small because 3 is greater than 2.

              And 3>2 doesn’t mean we have to outshoot the Rockets or Dubs or anybody from deep. It just means you have to factor in that the three is a key part of every offense and you have to play that game no matter what you prefer because the analytics show it’s critical to winning.

              I think the Rockets have taken 3>2 to the extreme, which is why they will fail at some point in the playoffs as always. Teams like Memphis who shoot the fewest are the other extreme. It just how the game is today, like it or not. 3>2!

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:00 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lakers average 10.5 made threes per game while Rockets average 15.4 threes per game. That’s a 15 point advantage from deep. Lakers will have to stay within 15 points in three battle to have a chance to win tonight. They don’t have to take or make as many threes as the Rockets but they do have to shoot and make their threes. Can’t win if they don’t.

  • 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.

  • 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! 

     
  • 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.

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