Orlando Magic show the Lakers how it’s done!

Nothing positive to say about the Lakers tonight.  I’ve got some stats that say it all.  The Magic shot 18 of 32 (or 56%) behind the arc versus the Lakers’ awful 4 of 20 (20%!).  And look at the disparity in assists … Orlando with 28 and the Lakers with 18.  How do you beat a team that just had a heart breaking loss the night before? … the Magic lost to the Rockets in a close one …  how about you make them work on defense?  You play with pace and you move the ball, force them to play defense each possession!  But it was the Magic playing exactly that style, with fresh legs, energy and determination.

Of course the two best players again for the Lakers were Randle and Clarkson with 20 points each.  Oh yeah, that’s right, the two players the Lakers brass have made very public they want to move.

Poor Lakers performance, poor coaching, terrible game plan!!!  I can think of other things that would have been more fun to do for 2-1/2 hours, like just about anything.

Lakers’ defense defines their road win in Chicago

The Lakers hold the Bulls to 37.6% field goal percentage in Chicago tonight with strong team defense, leading to a 108-103 win.  On the season the Bulls shoot 44% but the Lakers made the Bulls work hard for their baskets tonight.  Chicago did manage to recapture the lead in the fourth quarter, primarily due to out rebounding the Lakers (with the final tally 53 to 48) but L.A. dug deep and pulled out the win.  The Lakers actually shot a better percent from the free throw line tonight than their opponents, 75% to 67% (Lakers 21 of 28, Bulls 16 of 24) !!  Hooray!!

It was nice seeing Brandon Ingram have a good all around game.  He was the game top scorer with 25 points and missed a double double by only one rebound and he had 5 assists.  Kuzma started out strong in the first half with 9 points but couldn’t find his shot in the second.  Fortunately, several Lakers scored double digit points tonight, Brook Lopez (probably intent on showing up his brother, Robin) had 17 points, Clarkson with 19 and Randle  14.

It’s a good start to their five game road trip and Lakers fans are happy to see them win four consecutive games again.  Next up is a tough opponent on Sunday when the Lakers face the Toronto Raptors.

And when is Lonzo Ball returning to the line up?????

Lakers 5 in a row at Staples !

Another fun game today as the Lakers protect their home court against the visiting Knicks.  A better outcome than the last meeting in Madison Square Garden where the Knicks won in overtime.  In that outing, Porzingis had 37 points but today the Lakers hold him to 17.

The Lakers stand-outs today are Julius Randle with another double double (27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and shooting an outstanding 65%), and Jordan Clarkson with his own double double (28 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds and shooting 63% from the field).  Way to go, Jordan … 10 assists will get it done!  Several other Laker players were key in the victory  . . .  Nance with his constant energy and intensity  (13 points and 5 rebounds), Kuzma (who scored 15 points in just over 10 minutes before taking a seat after re-injuring his finger) and Lopez who put in 4 of 6 three-point shots! (welcome back, Brook, where you been?)

It was definitely a team win today.  BI played but was not his usual self as he is still recovering from his ankle injury, but the other players stepped it up and came up with the victory, again minus Lonzo Ball.

I can’t talk about today’s win without mentioning Alex Caruso.  He was very  pivotal in today’s success,  playing with pace and passing the ball (he had 8 assists).  His experience with the South Bay Lakers is showing as he looks comfortable and in charge on the floor.  Coach Walton, we want to see more of this young man!!!!

Clarkson saves the day while Lakers are awful from FT line!

Congratulations, Jordan Clarkson, on a great game at Staples Center against the Indiana Pacers, scoring  33 points  (a very efficient 14 of 19) 7 rebounds and 7 assists.  It’s a miracle the Lakers won the game 99 to 86 as they were recipients of an embarrassing new NBA record for a winning team from the free throw line (a shocking 2 of 14 which translates to 14%).   How can a professional basketball team shoot 55% field goal percentage and 14% from the line in the same game?  Wow!!!!

I know, a win is a win, but as I have  said before, the odds of winning a game are much improved when free throw shots  go in the basket!  After all, they are ‘FREE” throws!!!!!

 

Lakers @ Thunder – Rebounds? Huh?

Well, do we all agree the Lakers can’t win without Lonzo Ball? And the mounting injuries are such a shame.  Let’s hope that Lonzo will be back Friday and KCP’s and Kuzma’s injuries are minor and Ingram did not re-injure his ankle.  And where is Jordan Clarkson?  Are the trade rumors getting to him?

In tonight’s game at Oklahoma City vs the Thunder, the Lakers had more assists, almost the same number of steals and blocks, shot almost the same field goal percentage, had a better three-point shooting percentage and the same number of turnovers.

But the statistics that most reflect EFFORT quickly show which team came to play and which one DID NOT:                                                                            

Tired Face on LG G5

               

                                                                Thunder                   Lakers

                                 Offensive Rebounds                        21                                 6

                                 Defensive Rebounds                       33                               24   

                                 Free Throws Attempted                12                                  4          

      

Very, very disappointing fellas!

Lakers Can Stop Trade Considerations By Buying Out Deng

Let’s talk trade rumors circulating in the media involving Randle, Clarkson and now Larry Nance Jr.

Message to Laker brass:  Nance is a fan favorite.  We love to watch him “sky” to slam dunk the ball; he plays mean defense and gives 100% every time he is on the floor.  He’s not someone you trade away, he’s the type of player you trade for!

 

Why trade Randle and Clarkson?  They are valuable assets for the Lakers now and going forward and Nance too!  All three have considerable up-side and fit in well with the other players.

And the Lakers don’t need expiring contracts to make cap space for the possibility (key word possibility) of signing superstars next season.

Here’s what they do … they bite the bullet now and get rid of Luol Deng’s contract with $36 million remaining.  Buy him out and say “bye bye”.  I don’t know exactly how they accomplish this but that’s what lawyers are for.

With Deng gone and no trades, here’s the roster for next year:

Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Hart, Randle (with a new deal), Clarkson, Nance, Ennis, Bryant and Zubac.

By getting rid of Deng’s awful contract and signing Randle to a new contract, the 2018 team salaries will be roughly $51 million with the NBA salary cap reportedly to be $101 million.  So that leaves the Lakers with $50 million to sign free agent De Marcus Cousins who should be happy with a new contract that pays him $31 million the first year.  The  Lakers will then have more than enough, $19 million, to fill the remaining slots with good role players.  I would like to see them sign a back-up point guard who plays with pace and loves to pass the ball (sorry Ennis, but that’s not your game).

THIS ROSTER GETS THE LAKERS DEEP INTO THE PLAY-OFFS, KEEPS THE FANS HAPPY AND SHOWS THAT THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION SUPPORT A STRONG TEAM CONCEPT, THE WAY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN TODAY’S NBA. 

 

 

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