The Los Angeles Lakers had a rough week but a victory against an old friend brought their record up to 4-5.
It appears that the Lakers won’t be a good team this year, but they’re showing the quality needed to claw their way out of the bottom tier of the NBA. The team is displaying shockingly great defensive play while questions still linger about the offensive output from the guard position.
The Lakers started the week with a couple of losses; Kyle Lowry handed the growing Lakers a baby triple-double and a loss to the Toronto Raptors they’ll want back. Julius Randle was the lone standout, notching 18 points on 75 percent shooting.
Nothing is more frightening than running into Ricky Rubio on the second night of a back-to-back. The Lakers did just that and the team resembled a naive teenager in a bad slasher movie. Ingram had 16 points and four steals while rookie Donovan Mitchell had 22 points on the night.
The Lakers had a few days off before facing a red-hot Detroit Pistons rolling into town. The Pistons were put down fairly quickly due to a balanced attack; seven Lakers were in double-digits while Ingram had another four steal game.
Thursday night’s matchup against the Trail Blazers could have gone… better. The Lakers found themselves asking “what time is it” and Damian Lillard had the answer, knocking down a step-back three over the outstretched arms of Brandon Ingram with moments remaining on the clock. A moment of praise for Caldwell-Pope’s go-ahead three to tie the game up before Lillard’s shot, forever lost in time.
Friday night hailed the return of LA’s ex-golden child: D’Angelo Russell. A lot of expectations were put on Russell, but Brook Lopez continued his splendid form in his first game against his former team. Lopez had 34 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Lakers never put the game away, but it didn’t really get close enough to stress about the result.
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Drew, you’re fired.