L A Lakers Nation Trevor laying here for lakers nation dot com.
And today we're talking about three things that we learned from the Lakers.
Thrilling overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks.
Lakers come away with the W 1 19 toe, 1 10 LeBron James went nuts.
We're going to talk all about him and what he did.
We're gonna talk about Anthony Davis.
We're gonna talk about Frank Vogel's amazing play call at the end.
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All right, let's dive into it.
Let's talk a little bit about what we can take away from this Lakers game and the first thing that we need to talk about.
First and foremost, LeBron James LeBron was in credible, amazing stuff that LeBron pulled off against the Dallas Mavericks.
He looked like the LeBron James of old instead of old LeBron James.
He looked like five years younger.
His energy level on the floor was incredible.
He was all over the place.
And that's the one thing I want to get into.
Before I even talked about what he did on the offensive end, I want to talk about the defense.
LeBron James got criticized like crazy last season.
Hey, I was one of the people that was saying he didn't look good, because on the defensive end, he didn't show a sense of urgency last season.
He didn't look like he had energy.
He looked like he was slow to rotate, making some selling mistakes. Things like that.
Now we've got a LeBron James that is going out there and making the right plan the defense event and setting the tone.
It's so big for this Lakers team that you've got a fired up LeBron James, a more spry LeBron James and more aggressive LeBron James.
Because when you're 34 year old superstar is making, the extra effort is closing out on shooters is jumping passing lanes.
These are all things that are contagious.
It means the rest of the team is going to catch on.
The rest of the team is going to start making that extra effort as well.
There's a trickle down effect, and LeBron James, as well as Anthony Davis, are absolutely leading the way on the defensive end.
So I want to make sure that we complement LeBron for his defensive effort before we even start talking about the offense.
Now the offense event.
What a performance.
What a what a throwback performance for LeBron James.
12 boards, 16 assists, four steals, one block 13 of 23 shooting, four of nine from three.
And get this nine of 11 from the free throw line. Mike.
Gosh, what a Across the board monstrous performance for LeBron James.
He led this team.
He put this team on his back and don't get me wrong.
Anthony Davis was great.
31 8 for a D, but LeBron's star shone brighter on this night.
This was a LeBron that we haven't seen in quite a while.
You could argue this was his best game in a Lakers uniform.
In fact, he was that good all over the floor.
Maybe it was the one on one duel with Luca.
That got him going.
That got him fired up.
But he was getting what he wanted on the offensive end.
The Lakers were finding ways to isolate him against Don't take.
Just could not defend LeBron James.
He was getting to the rim.
He was hitting his threes, even converting from the free throw line. Nine of 11.
Remember the free throw woes from last season? He shot terribly, nine of 11 from the from the line against the Mavs.
Amazing stuff from LeBron James Man.
If he's playing at this level for the season, the Lakers are going to be a real handful.
That's gonna be hard for teams to deal with now 34 years old. Going on 35.
You can't expect this kind of output output from them on a nightly basis, but it's nice that he still has this in him.
It's nice to see that he's got a performance like this in him, where he reminds you Hey, I'm not gone.
Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.
LeBron James with a hell of a performance against the Dallas Mavericks.
All right, the second thing that we learned from this game, Danny Green, the clutch shot the Big three as the buzzer sounds nothing but Net.
Lake sends the Lakers over time, as it was in the air, I kept thinking, It's so great that the Lakers have a player like this on their team.
It's been a long time.
Has it been a long time since you've had a role player on the Lakers that you trust a guy that you know is not going to shrink in the moment that the moment will not be too big for him? Because he's been through it all, He's seen it all.
He's done it all.
This guy is a champion.
It reminded me of the Derek Fisher days, the Rick Fox Fox Days, the Robert Horry days, right, All of these great role players that the Lakers had veterans that new their role that knew that they could come up big.
They could make the big play when it mattered.
It's been a long time since the Lakers have had that guy on their team and deigning.
Green is that guy, and he's not the only one.
Look, Dwight Howard had a great performance to another veteran who's been through a lot right can make the right play at the right time.
Jared Dudley Canoe.
Jared Dudley didn't play in this game, but you know, he's a guy you can lean on a veteran who's going to make smart decisions out there on the floor.
They've got a few of those players that can help them.
Heck, even Alex Caruso, I thought, has played extremely smart basketball on the defensive side of the floor.
So Danny Green, though, is the one guy that's really stood out, and he should.
I mean, he's the highest paid 15 million per year for the next two seasons.
He was their big free agent signing this summer, so if you get Danny Green out there hitting a shot like that and that's exactly what he's there for, that's what he's there for and that's why it's so critical.
that a team with championship aspirations has guys that will not shrink in the moment, has guys that can stuff up and hit the big shot under pressure credit to Danny Green even had a pump fake to get a shot off.
And again, so glad to see a role player of that caliber on the Lakers now final thought.
Final takeaway final.
Think that we learned from this game.
You know what we're seeing what Luke Walton is doing with the Sacramento Kings, and I was a Luke Walton fan.
Don't get me wrong.
I thought that he was better than a lot of people gave him credit for.
But the King's heir, one and five right now, barely scraping by picking up their first win last night.
Meanwhile, Frank Vogel's team is four and one, and he's done some great things.
No, I haven't agreed with everything with some of the rotations and things like that.
We're gonna talk about that a minute, but Frank Vogel give him credit for that final play.
That last play of the game with the Lakers needing a three, he drew it up to get the ball into the hands of LeBron James.
Little bit of misdirection didn't go straight to LeBron. James.
Threw it in 1st 2 I believe it was Avery.
Bradley then got the ball to LeBron Got LeBron moving to his left, which is his preferred direction.
Gave him the option of either pulling up from three from there or taking the other step into the paint.
And if he did, he had it all set so that Dwight Howard would set the screen on Seth Curry, which would pop.
It would pop Danny Green free in the corner.
It was an intricate play that worked out great.
Part of that is because Maxie Cleveland made the right rotation at the wrong time.
That's the one time in the game that you don't make that rotation.
And so, hey, thank you to Mexico leva for opening up that three pointer in the corner.
And also, look, Dwight Howard, did he hold Seth Curry? Yes, of course he did.
He held century.
He got away with one, no question.
But in that moment, when that when you can see that passes coming, you have to do whatever it takes in order to make sure your guys open.
Otherwise, that shot can't be taken.
So Dwight Howard actually made the right decision.
Unfortunately, he happened to get away with it.
But again, credit to Frank Vogel for drawing up that play credit to Frank Vogel for the way this team has played on the defensive end for the way that they have stuck, stuck it out through games.
Even when the madams were ruling, the maps were fired up in the first quarter, and in the second quarter, the Lakers had no answer.
They couldn't stop the three point shooting of the Mavericks.
This team hung in there.
This team did not wilt.
And yes, some of that is credit to the veterans on the team.
They're able to pull the team through.
But you have to give some credit to the head coach as well that Frank Vogel did a tremendous job.
Now that doesn't mean it's all smooth sailing from here.
Frank Vogel does have some interesting decisions to make. Look contagious.
Lakers fans were well aware he's been terrible, awful, awful, awful stuff from D C.
P in most of the games this season.
He did have a couple of decent games in there, but one of five shooting against the Mavs. One assist.
That's his entire stat line in 21 minutes.
Oh, and he got torched by Luca.
Homesick? So he wasn't even out there contributing on the defensive end.
So what is Frank? What will do there? Troy Daniels didn't have a great night.
You didn't shoot the ball well at all.
04 and nine minutes.
Quinn Cook didn't look great out there.
Karl Kruse was back, and Cruz was gonna have to take over some minutes.
And none of those three guards really did much in this game to suggest that they should be getting a lot of minutes out there.
Now Raja Rondo is gonna be returning to.
So when Rondo comes back, are there gonna be minutes for those guys? How does he manage this? It's gonna be really interesting to see how vocal handles it.
Especially as Kuzma starts to get up to speed.
And as Rondo comes back, what happens to guys like Troy Daniels? What happens to Quinn Cook? Who, by the way, I think both of those guys are better than what we saw against the Mavs.
It was just one bad game.
But KCP At this point, we're five games in.
More often than not, he's turning in a stinker of a performance.
You've got to be legitimately concerned there.
So what is Frank Vogel do? How does he manage that situation? Not to mention JaVale McGee has not looked good at center.
Only played 12 minutes against the Mavs because you just really couldn't keep him out on the floor.
Dwight Howard has been much better.
Dwight got 27 minutes and rightfully so.
He's been much better in just about every facet of the game.
So how do you manage that situation? That's gonna be a challenge for Vogel, and I'm curious to see how he handles it.
It will be a test for him, But you know what? Again? Keeping things positive.
So far, so good for Frank Vogel.
Been impressed by what we've seen from the first year Lakers had coach.
All right, guys, that's going to do it for today.
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We've got a Lakers team that's four on one, a Lakers team that could be contending for a championship.
And, man, it feels good again.
To have a team like this that's picking up wins.
There's gonna be some tough moments during the season.
Don't get me wrong.
That schedule gets more, much more difficult moving forward.
But you know what? Right now, the Lakers are playing well, and it's been a long time since we've had this kind of a feeling.
It feels like Lakers basketball is truly back for the first time in what, five or six years now, so appreciate it.
Take a moment and enjoy it till next time