Today, we’ve released the first episode of our weekly recap show, ‘The Late Lake Show’, covering the first week of the 2019-20 season for the Los Angeles Lakers that had the team moving to 2-1 in their first three games. Check out the link below for the recap video on YouTube, give the video a thumbs up while you’re there, and be sure to subscribe to the Lakers Outsiders YouTube page to stay up-to-date with all of our #TLLS videos in the future. It’ll really help us out in the long run if you do.
Clippers 112 Lakers 102 – Game Recap
The Battle for L.A. started early this year, as the two Los Angeles franchises faced off in the second game to kick off the NBA season.
The Lakers led early on, but the Clippers had great 2nd and 3rd quarters giving themselves a sizeable lead midway through the 3rd. The Lakers battled back behind a Danny Green explosion towards the end of the 3rd, as he had 18 total points in the quarter alone as the two teams went into the 4th tied 85-85. The Clippers showed they were the more prepared team in the final frame, pulling away as the Lakers seemingly threw in the towel in the final couple minutes.
Lakers 95 Jazz 86 – Game Recap
The Lakers notched their first win on Friday against the Utah Jazz, winning a defensive battle 95-86. Although the score differential was only nine points, this one was over early in the 4th quarter as the Lakers we’re pummeling the Jazz on the defensive end. They only made it close in garbage time. Overall, the Jazz shot 41.4% from the field while only putting up 17 and 18 points in the 1st and 3rd quarters, respectively.
This game was LeBron James’ coming out party for the 2019-20 season, as he followed up his 18-point performance in the season opener with 32 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Lakers 120 Hornets 101 – Game Recap
The Lakers finished off the week with a 120-101 win against the Hornets which, believe it or not, felt closer than the Jazz game above.
In fact, the Lakers only had a 63-62 lead at halftime as Frank Vogel’s impressive offense from Friday was nowhere to be seen. However, the defense came alive in the second half limiting the Hornets to only 39 points. The defensive effort in the second half was much appreciated by big man Anthony Davis, as his monster game of 29 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 assists would have been wasted without it.
Trend of the Week: Danny Green, 3-and-D specialist
This week’s trend is all about Danny Green, who has proven to be one of the best 3-and-D players that the Lakers have had in a while.
The highlight of his week was, of course, the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers, where he held Kawhi Leonard to 1-of-5 shooting when guarding him while also erupting for 18 points in the 3rd quarter, ending up with 28 points which gave him the most points in a Laker debut ever.
He had a less than stellar scoring night against the Jazz, and even more so in the Hornets game, but his defense never disappeared. It was especially impressive in the game against the Jazz, as Green was disruptive in many PnRs leading to some easy steals.
NBA Gift Card Giveaway/Lakers Halloween Puns
In the week leading up to the October 22nd season opener, we held a contest on our Twitter account for a chance to win a $50 NBA Store gift card if you subscribed to our YouTube page. An added entry was given to you if you threw in a little Lakers Halloween pun, and you guys did not disappoint.
The winner ended up being Twitter user @MSTRCRLS, who subscribed to our page and provided possibly the best Halloween pun of them all.
The hairless horseman pic.twitter.com/SRthtHsVls
— 🤬🤬🤬🤬 (@MSTRCRLS) October 20, 2019
Congrats to @MSTRCRLS and thanks to everyone who participated!
Episode Two of #TLLS will come out on Tuesday, November 5th and will include analysis of games against the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, and the San Antonio Spurs.
Please be sure to watch Episode One at the top if you haven’t already, like it, and subscribe to the Lakers Outsiders YouTube page while you’re there. See you next week.
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