Hello Lakers Nation.
Trevor Lane here senior writer for lakers nation dot com.
And today we're talking about the Lakers huge win over the Golden State Warriors.
They pick up the win 1 26 to 93.
I want to go over what we learn from this game.
It's the second last preseason game.
So what have we figured out now? Heading into the regular season, we're gonna dive into it.
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Okay, so let's talk a little bit about this game, and it was a fun one.
Let me tell you, Lakers fans have been waiting so long for a team that can do things like this that can go out there.
The Golden State Warriors absolutely dominate so many fun moments.
The double lob from Caruso to LeBron to 80.
How much fun was that dunk? And then, of course, LeBron's ridiculous.
Steve Nash esque behind the head past all the way out to Danny Green for three incredible stuff.
It was a great, great fun game for Lakers fans to enjoy.
And so that was That was a nice thing, a nice change, given how long it's been since the Lakers have been a fun team.
Sure, we've had fun moments here and there, but one of the big takeaway says it looks like the Lakers are fun once again.
Now, now I have one word of caution.
They're not gonna play the Golden State Warriors every single night.
They've played them the majority of their preseason games.
But once the regular season starts, there's gonna be some different matchups.
This Warriors team is particularly vulnerable to the Lakers because the Lakers have such an advantage inside.
How many times did we see the Lakers miss a shot on Lee to have a D or JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard fly in get the offensive board and then stuff at home and dunk it.
They were able to do that, in fact, 10 offensive rebounds for the Lakers on the night.
So they were able to dominate the glass.
And that made a big, big difference for Lakers.
They could bully this smaller Warriors team.
Not every team is going to be a small.
The Warriors are who are missing.
Both their starting center give Alouni and their backup center in Willie Cauley Stein.
So even the Warriors themselves are going to be this easy to dominate inside.
So I'm not saying the Lakers aren't gonna be a good team.
I'm just saying, Don't expect this kind of domination every single night.
Probably not gonna happen.
But that said, there's a lot to be really excited.
Not first of all, I am thrilled that Frank Vogel settled in on this starting lineup.
Now we should mention that Rajon Rondo did not play.
He was getting a rest night.
So as Faras Tuesday night against the Clippers, We don't know for sure what the starting lineup will look like, but this is what he put out there and given the success fingers crossed I'm hoping this is what we see against the Clippers.
Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Javale McGee, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, that five man group.
And I'll tell you what was so impressive about that group.
It wasn't the offense.
The offense looks sloppy at times.
Yes, the Lakers shot extremely well.
They shot 60% from the field and 50% from three for the night.
Probably can't expect that on night in night out basis.
But still, there were moments where the offense look slobbery.
It looks, it looked, ah, little bit discombobulated.
And that's to be expected this early in the season.
It takes time, Jared Dudley said.
It's gonna take them at least four months to really develop chemistry on the offensive end.
So that wasn't the side.
Despite the great shooting, that wasn't the end of the floor that had me excited.
No, What I was excited about was the defensive potential of that starting five.
I think that's a big takeaway here.
This is what this Lakers team is going to be.
Their identity is going to come from the defensive end of the floor and if they can get stops on the defensive end if they can force turnovers.
Which, by the way, the Golden State Warriors did have 18 turnovers on this night and they can force tough shots.
They only shot 37% from the field in 21% from three.
If the Lakers can contest and force them into tough shots, then they can get out.
Run, get easy baskets in transition, and that helps to mitigate any offensive concerns that you're gonna have a transition.
Basketball tends to score at a higher points per possession that have court basketball across the board.
That is typically a true statement.
So what that means is that if the Lakers can get stops and get out in transition, that can help ease the pain of any offensive miscues that they're gonna have that they're just gonna be part of growing pains as the teams developing chemistry.
So, again, the defensive end.
I think that's where they can really make their mark.
And by having Avery Bradley and Danny Green in there, that gives you two really good perimeter defenders to go along with JaVale McGee and Anthony Davis.
To guys who have 76 wingspans waiting at the rim, that's a great combination to have.
You're not only chasing guys off the three point line and making life difficult out there, you're also a tough team to score on at the rim.
I think defensively, this team can be very, very good.
The question is, when they go to their bench, can they keep that up? That's gonna be the big question mark.
Speaking of which, when they do go to their bench, you're turning to a guy like Dwight Howard, who had another nice night.
Dwight Howard is looking more and more spry.
As each preseason game goes on.
It looks like more rust is getting dusted off him.
He only played nine games last season, so it's taking him time to get back into the swing of things.
But he's looking pretty good for the Lakers right now.
This is a guy who know he's not gonna have the springs that he used to.
He's not gonna be, you know, just about hitting his head on the rib downing that Superman cape that we saw in the dunk contest, that Dwight Howard doesn't exist anymore.
But I like the guy that we see right now, setting hard screens rolling to the basket, boxing out, doing all the dirty work.
If he can continue doing those things.
No, I'm not saying Dwight's gonna be an All Star.
I'm not saying he's going to be a massive difference maker or anything like that, but I'm saying he could be a factor on this team.
He could be a positive on this Lakers team because of you combined.
Dwight Howard's minutes with JaVale McGee's minutes.
That's what, probably 40 minutes a night, maybe more.
And Anthony Davis gets five minutes, four minutes or so as the centre in their death lineup.
They're closing line up where they go small with idiots center.
So if you figure you get 40 solid minutes or so at the center position from JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard combined, that's a really, really good combination, and there's a lot of teams in the league that aren't gonna be able to match up with that.
The Golden State Warriors are certainly one of them that simply can't match that kind of center play in the entire game.
That's a great combo for the Lakers to havin definitely one of the big takeaways from this game.
The other one I want to get into the O is the shooting.
Okay, now again.
The offense was sloppy at times, but the shooting finally came around all summer.
We've been talking about how the Lakers improved their shooting.
They got guys like Avery Bradley, who can shoot from deep.
Danny Green shot 46% from three last season.
Quinn Cook 42% from three for his career.
Guys who can shoot they didn't have players like that last season were one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league and so far through preseason.
We didn't see it.
The Lakers weren't shooting well from outside.
Danny Green was struggling to buy a bucket.
Avery Bradley wasn't hitting threes.
Thes guys could not convert.
In fact, Raja Rondo was one of the guys that was consistently knocking them in, and he's not known as a shooter.
But finally they got on track.
Avery Bradley was four or five from deep Danny Green, two of four from deep Quinn Cook, four or five from three in his debut.
He's been out hurt and he shot lights out.
He was incredible.
These new shooters coming in made a huge difference for the Lakers.
In fact, those guys lead the team from three Jared Dudley, another newbie, two of two from deep.
The new Lakers that they brought in to shoot finally showed up, and we saw these guys really space the floor and do a great job of capitalized.
When of capitalizing when teams are spending too much time focused on LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
This is why the Lakers went and got these guys for their ability to shoot on the offensive end and play defense on the other side.
And they did just that tonight.
If we seymour of this from the Lakers role players and again I'm talking any green, I'm talking Jared Dudley, Avery, Bradley.
All those guys we could be in for a special season we could be in for a very good and very fun Lakers team is we can continue seeing shooting like this.
No, no, I'm not expecting them to shoot 50% from three every night, Okay, but just high level shooting.
If this can keep up, this team is going to be a very, very dangerous one.
A very tough one for other teams to deal with.
Quinn Cook most likely made a very strong statement, as faras deserving Minutes goes.
Now the question is what happens with Rondo if Avery Bradley sticks as the starter, which, by the way, his defensive intensity that matters.
I think Frank Vogel is gonna really like that.
I'm hoping because I think that staggering Rondo and LeBron James makes a lot of sense.
I'm hoping Avery Bradley does stick in the starting, you know, especially if you can shoot the way he did tonight.
Ing is the Warriors.
What do you do? Quinn Cook? Rajon Rondo.
Can they played together? Does Rondo spend more time on the bench than we were anticipating because Quinn Cook look tremendous? And the thing that I really loved about Queen Cook and I've been saying this all summer said, He's not just a shooter, he's not just a spot up.
Send him off the other side of the floor, make him space the floor and he shoots the ball.
If the ball gets kicked over to him.
No, this is a guy that can run the pick and roll, and we saw it tonight ran it really well with Avery Bradley.
I'm sorry with Anthony.
Davis also ran it well with Dwight Howard.
This is a guy who, if u sag off of him into the paint to prevent the lob dunk, he is going to burn you with his mid range jumper.
He was absolutely money tonight, and so I think he's gonna be deserving a minutes.
So how the Lakers guard manage minutes shake out is gonna be certainly something to watch.
Moving forward now.
Speaking, moving forward.
The Lakersnext games coming up Friday night.
We don't know who's gonna play.
Is Frank Vogel gonna pull the plug on all the starters, Let them rest and get ready for Tuesday night? I'm kind of keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that happens.
But Anthony Davis, man, he hits the floor way more often than I'm comfortable with.
I don't want to see Anthony Davis or anybody else getting hurt heading in to the regular season.
I'd rather see them roll out there with the Geely guys and talking about Costas onto to compose act, nor vell Uh uh k cock all these players.
I want to see them out there.
Dimitri's Jackson ruled those guys out.
Give them plenty of minutes, let the regular players rest and then be ready for Tuesday night.
We'll see what Frank Vogel decides to do.
Does your rule of starters out or not? Either way, we'll be here. Lakers Nation.
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