Ok Panda Posse after an off season filled with hope and excitement the regular season is finally here. We finally got a chance to see what Coach Luke Walton would do with a few new pieces and the NBA world gets their first regular season look at rookie Lonzo Ball. Well Lonzo’s first game as Laker was a big fat dud. The Pandas opened the 2017/18 NBA season with an ugly opening night loss to the rival Clippers.
Patrick Beverly made it his personal mission to irritate and harass Lonzo Ball whenever they were on the court together. Lonzo never seemed to get really comfortable or find a rhythm early on. He was solid on the defensive end but continued to struggle shooting going 1-6 from the field and 0-2 from the free throw line. Lonzo did rebound the ball pretty well finishing the game with 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. The physicality is something Lonzo is going to have to adjust to quickly as most guards are going to attack him because of comments made by his father. “I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said. “I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.”
The front line of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan proved too much for Brooke Lopez and Larry Nance Jr. Lopez and Nance Jr, were outscored (43 -34) and out rebounded (36 – 18) by their Clipper counterparts. Brook Lopez seemed to eager to shoot from the perimeter instead of mixing it up in the paint with the majority of his shot attempts coming on free throw line jumpers and 5 three point attempts.
Brandon Ingram struggled and did not look like a guy ready to have a breakout season. He seemed out of sync and looked to be pressing all night shooting an anemic 3-15 from the field but a solid 6-7 from the free throw line. He also, grabbed 5 rebounds and handed out 4 assists. If this is truly a guy that is being considered “untouchable” by team president Magic Johnson the Lakers are going to need him to be more consistent on both ends of the floor.
So basically this was not the start I was looking for from our beloved Pandas but its only game 1 of 82 and we have a lot of areas we can approve upon. Next game we face the Phoenix Suns who were blown out by 48 in the season opener versus the Portland Trailblazers.