Lakers 110 – Blazers 113
In a very exciting game the Lakers fell behind early as the Portland Trailblazers came out hot and led 41 – 2– after the 1st quarter. Once again led by one of the best scoring benches in the league the Pandas fought back and closed to within 4 trailing 62 – 66 at the half. The Pandas managed to fight hard and take a 6 point lead late in the 4th quarter but were not able to hold on for the win.
The Pandas were led in scoring by Brooke Lopez who played his best game as a Laker scoring 27 points. Kyle “2K” Kuzma scored 22 off the bench. The Panda trio of Brandon Ingram, KCP and Jordan Clarkson all scored 14 points.
3 Good things
Brooke Lopez was great on the offensive end of the floor scoring in a variety ways. The veteran Big Man gave the Pandas with a stabilizing force early on when things were not going well. Lopez scored 7 of the Lakers final 12 points of the night.
Kyle Kuzma was electric last night. 2K scored on an array of drives to the basket, pull up jumpers and even though the three ball wasn’t falling he was always a threat every time he touched the ball. 2K scored on a driving hook shot with just over a minute left that put the Lakers up 1.
After a terrible the first quarter the Lakers buckled down and played really solid team defense. They didn’t give up and fought back from an early 18 point lead in a tough road environment. This is the type of game the Pandas would have been blown out in last season.
3 Bad Things
Lonzo Ball finished with a whopping 0 points on 0-2 shooting last night. At times it seemed as if the Lakers were playing 4 – 5 on the offensive end of the floor because he was so passive. Lonzo didn’t use his dribble to probe the defense on the pick and roll instead he gave the ball up immediately. At no point last night did he look engaged in the offense.
Larry Nance Jr. suffered a fracture of the 1stMetacarpal bone in his left hand. Larry had been having a pretty solid year for us and this will undoubtedly change our rotation going forward. I expect to see Julius Randle back in the starting lineup for a while.
Where was Brandon Ingram in the 4th quarter? Ingram has said he wants to be the “closer” for the Pandas but he was a no show in the 4th quarter going scoreless and attempting only one shot.
Next up for the Lakers the return of D-Lo as D’Angelo Russell and the Nets come to Staples Friday night.