The Los Angeles Lakers fell just short of their third victory in the preseason against the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite shooting woes, the team was able to keep the game close, ultimately losing by three points in overtime.
It was another strong effort by the Purple and Gold in a promising, albeit imperfect, preseason slate. But as with every game, there are many improvements that can be taken away.
In the latest installment of Laker Film Room, Pete Zayas takes a look at the game against the Blazers, analyzing some of the good and some of the bad from the Lakers.
Among the positives to take away from the game are D’Angelo Russell’s shot selection (despite an off-night shooting the ball), Julius Randle’s improved defense, and Nick Young looking like an altogether competent basketball player.
The negatives include poor defense from Russell, poor shot selection from Jordan Clarkson, and several defensive lapses as a team.
Nevertheless, it was a good showing from the Lakers. The team proved, to an extent, that it can hang with some of the league’s better teams. Whether that will translate to more competitive games in the preseason remains to be seen, but it is at least a promising sign.