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Trevor Lane here senior writer for lakers nation dot com.
Today we're talking all about Lakers versus Nets Preseason Game three.
I know, I know it wasn't pretty, but there's still some things that we need to break down from this game so that we can figure out what to take from it. Moving forward.
What can we learn from what happened to the Lakers again? Lakers went up losing 91 to 77.
It was ugly for some long stretches.
They're not a great performance, but finally they'll be done.
Don't get out of China and come back home.
So we're going to talk about that.
We're gonna talk about some other things that I noticed during that game before we even get into it, though Quick shot out those you who got up early and joined me live.
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Make sure you guys check those out, All right, so three things we learned first and foremost Lakers, not surprisingly, are a worst team when LeBron and Anthony Davis are not on the floor.
Now, Anthony Davis did sustain a thumb injury.
Fortunately, it's sounding like it's just a Grade one sprain, which, based on I'm not a doctor but based on the research that I've done, looks like it's fairly possible that he'll be ready for opening night.
But it's gonna depend on what happens when he gets further scans done when the team gets back from China.
So we've got Anthony Davis on scan watch.
We're going to see what they find there with his thumb and then cow Kosmas.
Well, Karl Kruse was gonna be getting a scan when he gets back on his foot, had been dealing with that stress issue.
Hopefully he'll be ready to go, but fingers crossed because man, the Lakers dealt with so many injuries last year and now to be dealing with Anthony Davis with something.
Hopefully, it doesn't bug him too much.
Cal Koosman losing to markets, cousins for the season. It's too much.
The basketball gods need to leave the Lakers alone as far as injuries go because they've got decimated last season.
We don't want to see that happen again, but on the floor Anthony Davis out of the game after that first quarter.
LeBron James also didn't play after that.
So the Lakers were pretty much going without their top two guys from there.
And that's where things really broke down the first quarter.
I was actually pretty impressed.
I was pleased with the first quarter and no, they didn't play.
It was like they're blowing out Brooklyn or anything like that, in fact, is 29 19.
But defensively, I thought the Lakers made a lot of nice adjustments.
I thought they were doing a great job contesting on threes.
Danny Green made a number of great defensive plays, didn't finish with a good game overall, but means a really nice defensive plays that are going to show up on the stat sheet Anthony Davis had one stand on the defensemen where he slid and stayed in front of carrots lover who was absolutely torching other guys like Rajon Rondo.
Even Avery Bradley was struggling to deal with him.
So Anthony Davis showed his ability showed his lateral quickness, his defense of scale, really impressive performance from him on that end of the floor.
So I thought, defensively, the Lakers looked like they had fixed a lot of things.
And then they just happen to miss some easy shots at the Ram in the first quarter, and that kept them from really bumping up their lead.
And then from there, things fell apart.
Now the guard play was a real big issue.
And if you look at four guards in particular Alex Caruso, Zach Norville, Danny Green and Raja Rondo a combined three for 27 shooting three for 27 that can't happen.
That's not going to work.
The Lakers were gonna need to find a solution there.
Now, that doesn't mean that it's always gonna be that way.
Though This is a poor shooting game, it's just kind of the way things went.
Caruso missed a lot of easy ones in the paint got blocked a few times.
Rondo missed only on only a couple of shots, nor exact Norval, who's a good shooter wasn't knocking him down.
It was a weird game.
They just weren't hitting shots.
I saw a lot of turnovers.
Danny Green second, bad game in a row, something to keep an eye on again.
I like some of things you did defensively, but overall wasn't a great performance from him, either.
But he's the kind of guy who plays better when he's with good players.
So Anthony Davis being out there, LeBron James being out there, that will help raise his game.
KCP did hit five of 12 so that's not not bad.
Had an okay performance, A few mistakes here and there.
Made some nice plays on the defensive end.
Saw him hustling there, and Avery Bradley was six of 13 but 004 from three.
And he's got to be able to knock down those threes and stretch the floor.
If the Lakers going to use him out there starting lineup for the Lakers, they did go small with Anthony Davis.
That center LeBron at the four, along with Rondo Green and Avery Bradley worked out okay, but again, the having Rondo in with the starters, I don't know what That's great.
Look, second thing that we can take away from this.
Besides the poor guard play JaVale McGee had the center position.
He came in for Anthony Davis in the second half.
Took over at the center spot.
Did agree job JaVale had.
I mean, look, you didn't play very many minutes.
14 minutes of about 4 to 6 shooting.
Nine points, two blocks, three rebounds in a number of place that made you say wow, in fact, one where you got the ball in the paint, spun up, fake and then slammed.
The bolt of thunder is done.
Probably the best dunk of the game.
Look, the bottom line.
What does this mean? JaVale is your starting center.
Look, the last three games, it's been clear.
McGee is the best center on the Lakers, will not including Anthony Davis.
Of course, Adie is gonna play the four.
That's what he wants to play.
That's what the Lakers wanted to play.
So Javale McGee has clearly outplayed Dwight Howard, and I don't hate with Dwight.
Howard is done I think he's done a decent job in there.
Yes, there's some things that you could you could want a little bit better from Dwight Howard on, But for the most part, he's done a pretty decent job.
But JaVale has been that much better.
It's very clear he should be the team starting center right now.
No questions about that cost us onto to compose.
Also, did a nice job been pretty well again.
Not a ton of minutes or anything like that.
11 minutes, but three of seven was aggressive out there, Knocked into three.
Didn't put up very many other stats.
One board, one steal.
But I like the aggressive aggressiveness from him.
He looked pretty confident on the floor.
It's That's a good sign.
Third take away from this game.
There's no place like home.
It's clear looking at how disorganized the Lakers were.
Uh, I don't think that's just like some coaching thing.
Not saying the vocal coach a great game, but it looked like that was a team that was ready to go home.
It looked like they were.
They were done with being there.
Being in China, it's, uh, it wasn't an easy situation of being given everything that was going on, not even being sure if they were gonna play the game at first and everything else that was happening.
No media, because they're not allowed to speak to the press or the.
You know, there were questions about whether or not that was gonna happen.
It was a weird situation, Okay, All the travel and everything.
It makes for some kind of disorganized, disjointed games again, I liked what they did in the first quarter.
I thought they showed some things up in the first quarter.
Some things that they had issues with in the previous game against the Nets.
And then things kind of fell apart.
And then once that happened, you could see the team just kind of not not locked in mental.
And again, that's not a good sign.
But given the circumstances, you can kind of give them a pass, and you can understand why they would be dealing with some mental fatigue there.
So no place like home Lakers are coming back home, gonna play the Golden State Warriors in the next preseason game, hopefully getting back stateside, getting back to Staples Center that will help set things right, and we'll see a different version of the Lakers this time around.
Probably know Anthony Davis.
I'd have to imagine, because no reason to take any chances there, but other that we'll see. Hopefully, we'll get back.
Maybe a Quinn cook or someone someone like that that can step in for your Lakers.
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