After falling 119-112 at home to the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers now sit at 1-2 after three games. They dropped their second home game. A game which they could have easily won, if not for the struggle to score to close out the game.
After trailing by as much as 22 points at one point, a 29-5 run to end the third quarter and start the fourth saw them take the lead. They showed heart, but ran out of gas, again showing the lack of an established closer with Brook Lopez sitting on the bench.
Anyways, after three games, there are things we can take away from the team:
Lonzo Ball seems fine
After struggling his first game, Lonzo Ball bounced back in big-time fashion during the season’s second game, dropping 29 points, nine assists, and grabbing 11 rebounds. He looked more comfortable for sure, and big reasons are that the first game nerves were gone and it was the Suns, and not Patrick Beverly defending him.
He still balled out, and Game 3 was much more of the same, although not in the scoring department. While he struggled to shoot, he led the team in rebounds with eight and more importantly dished out 13 dimes, which put him in some exclusive company already.
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He definitely isn’t a bust, as many wanted to proclaim after his first ever NBA game. While he does have to improve his scoring and shooting ability, it isn’t as urgent because that’s not his game.
Scoring isn’t what makes him valuable. It’s a bonus, but he needs to focus on running the offense and get everyone involved. The number he should mainly be focused on is his assist totals. 40 shots in two games are too much, but it’s alright for now. He’ll get better.
For now, he’s shown reasons why the Lakers took him second overall. Hopefully, he continues to do so.
Julius Randle doesn’t have a future in Los Angeles
The bench is loaded
Defense needs to get better
Not much to say here.