The Lakers fell in Portland 128-119, and the major issue for the team was the three-point shooting. Los Angeles shot 7-30 in its season opener and went the entire first half without scoring from beyond the three-point line.
Also for some dumb reason, Nik Stauskas went 5-8 from beyond the arc and scored 24 points for Portland. That’s certainly not something that the Trail Blazers are going to expect from the 5th yeah guard on a night-to-night basis, so the Lakers losing to them in that fashion feels horrible. This was not something that I addressed in my game preview, because nobody can ever expect Stauskas to score that much.
LeBron James snapped 49 game streak in which he played at least 30 minutes and led his team in his assists. He had six for the Lakers tonight, while Rajon Rondo led the team with 11.
My choice for the most improved young player, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, played like garbage. Actually, I can’t even say he played like garbage… he just was a non-factor. Five points and two rebounds in a little over 27 minutes of playing time isn’t great. Funnily enough, he led the team in +/- with eight.
Tonight, I (Kyle) am joined by Honi and Jacob as we talk about the game, the awful shooting, LeBron James’ debut, and other things. Join us!