What is going down #LakerNation. It’s your boy P.A. here to bring you this weeks Lakers Wrap up. I’m joined by the young gun himself Eric, contributor for Lakers Lounge and The Real Ball Insider Network. So, lets stop with the foreplay and jump right into the phenomenal week the Los Angeles Lakers had.
Back at it again with another review with 3 games this week. What did we see that we liked and what can we improve on.
The Lakers played against the Knicks to start off the 1st game for the week. A very dysfunctional Knick organization I should say. That game was pretty much over when it started as the Lakers got up by as much as 27. I like games like this because it’s a confidence booster when you’re season has been as inconsistent as the Lakers. I liked everything they did in the game, passed the ball, took great shots and they also had 27 second chance points. That’s always going put the game in your favor when you crash the boards that way, how else are you going to get that many second chance points?
The Detroit Pistons, we kept it close until the start of the second half. There was just to much Drummond in that game. He was man possessed and we had no answer for him as he racked up 24 points and 17 rebounds.
The Bucks game was great, because it reminded me of the Knicks game, until the end. We hit our open shots and played like we wanted it. We even got some vintage Swaggy P four point plays. Hold the phone though .. you thought we were gonna come out perfect this week. Unfortunately not because when 2nd half came around we showed that young , dumb experience again. Stressed myself out more than I needed. I love seeing the improvement of Zubac. Looks like our issue with the Pistons and Bucks are closing out this week. Look at some game tape and see how we can improve closing out and not come out lackadaisical in the 2nd half.
Overall there’s a silver lining in this all. Our young guns are closing out on a high note as far as development goes in Ingram, Randle , D’ Lo, Even Nance who is returning to form as he had his usual highlight reel dunk against the Knicks. We may complain about how we’re winning and losing but we can’t complain about the improvements of our young guys.
The Lakers finished off this week with a 2-1 record by beating the Knicks and Bucks. Granted both teams aren’t the NBA’s juggernauts, but like I always say a win is a win. You could win by 50 or you could win by a last second bucket, at the end of the day that W is worth the exact same thing. What may be more impressive is that both wins showed what they were made of, and the Laker youth was the focal point of those ball games.
Let me be the first one to say it here, Ivica Zubac is a baby Marc Gasol. Don’t @ me, take these facts and deal with it. Don’t like it? Catch these hands, they are equal opportunity fade givers. Zubac finished with 10 points and 7 board versus the Knicks and he eclipsed the 15 point and 5 rebound mark tonight. There’s a fire and energy that this young buck brings to the table. He has the type of heart and hustle that you can’t teach. He gives his all every single play and it looks like it’s rubbing off on his teammates when he’s out on the floor.
Besides the development of Zubac, Brandon Ingram is starting to show why he was the #2 overall pick in this years draft. Since January 1st, Ingram is second among rookies in scoring. The game is starting to slow down for him and his natural abilities are beginning to shine. This week Ingram matched up against Rose, Porzingis, Melo, Tobias Harris, and The Greek Freak. Not only did he hold his own, Ingram had arguably his best week of the season. Not too many guys are going to be able to pull that off against that type of competition.
Larry Nance Jr. was asked this week if he thought this team trusted each other fully yet and he answered honestly, “No,” and I had to agree. But after the week they had, they’re inching closer to that goal.