The Lakers started off the game hot and held multiple double-digit points early on. For the majority of the first half they were dominating the game led by D’Angelo Russell who had 14 points.
In an a way that mirrored their season so far, the Lakers started to fall apart and slowly lost their lead with a buzzer beating heave by Andre Drummond to end the first half.
The third quarter started off with the Lakers going on a small run to take the lead, but it mostly consisted of both teams trading points. While it was mostly uneventful, Tarik Black came out of the game with an injury and Ivica Zubac, the GOAT, came into the game.
The fourth quarter was for the most part similar to the third in which no team ever took a big lead. The Pistons were able to execute better down the stretch, getting several open looks and making enough to take the five-point win.
Zubac is getting better
Sunday’s game was Ivica Zubac’s third game in less than 48 hours; he played in an afternoon game for the Lakers yesterday and then playing for the D-fenders a few hours later. Most importantly this was Zubac’s third straight game in which he was actually on the court for the Lakers. He played nine minutes and in that time he had a stat line of four points, 5 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist. He showed off his improved defense as he had two blocks and affected shots at the rim on numerous occasions.
While nine minutes may not seem like a lot, they are for Zubac. He hasn’t played much this year and has been shuffled back and forth between the Lakers and D-League. He showed off his improved skills tonight and in turn Luke Walton may start to play him more often. I for one am excited.
D’Angelo is good again (He’s always been good)
D’Angelo started off the month averaging over 20 points and six assists per game, but has had a couple rough games since then. In the previous game he only made one field goal and only took seven shots.
On Sunday, he rebounded in a big way despite the loss. He didn’t make any three pointers but on two point shots he was 8-13 and looked improved from the post and midrange. He did have a couple of dumb turnovers, including one that led to an improbable buzzer beater three from Drummond.
He may be inconsistent but that’s just a part of being young. Young players, including those already labeled as “future superstars,” aren’t perfect every game in their second year. They’ll have highs and lows and tonight was definitely one of those highs as he finished the game with 20 points, three assists, and seven rebounds.