Recap: Lakers drop scrimmage opener against the Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 1: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks guards LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers on December 1, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ladies and gentlemen, we have finally some Los Angeles Lakers basketball!

The Lakers took the floor on Thursday night against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks losing the scrimmage by a score of 108-104. Judging from the first half of basketball though, it’s safe to say that they’re locked into the Orlando bubble.

Stars Lead The Way Early

It’s just one game, but LeBron and AD continued their dominance as, arguably, the league’s best duo. Both were orchestrating the offense and defense in regular-season form. James and Davis finished with 12 points each. They shot a combined 73 percent on 13 shots.  LeBron even hit the gas one time and gave fans a taste of what’s to come.

Dion? DION!

It’s awesome to see guys get a shot at redemption and Dion Waiters has his chance. In the absences of Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, and Avery Bradley, he quickly poured in nine points in 13 minutes. We also saw him share some of the point guard duties, a welcomed sight to add a playmaking and scoring threat to relieve the Lakers’ big guns.

Kuz Looking For The Groove

Kyle Kuzma is touted as one of the big pieces to the Lakers championship run and continues to get his footing. Kuz’s aggression was apparent upon his entrance as the sixth man. He finished with nine points on 13 shots. After a season of finding his role and working through injuries, the team hopes his confidence keeps leveling up going into the playoffs.

The Lakers next action is on Saturday against the Orlando Magic at 12PM EST/9AM PST.




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