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I'm gonna be re capping the Lakers Maverick.
Same that happened last night and, wow, was that a great game? Lakers got off to a slow start.
The Mavericks were up by double digits in the first quarter and then poured it onto the first quarter.
The Lakers? The Lakers even have been playing pretty well throughout the first quarter, But then tail end of the first quarter.
They started playing better, cut the lead down to single digits, and then it stayed relatively close.
For a while, the Mavericks started to pull away.
A few times, Lakers came back, and then in the fourth quarter, it was close throughout.
And at the very end.
Lakers down three.
They need a three.
They have about five seconds left.
Avery Bradley comes out to get the inbounds.
LeBron gets the ball going to his left, takes it, drives to the basket, and the Lakers had a back screen for Danny Green in the corner where Dwight Howard was setting a screen on Seth Curry, Danny Green leaked out to the corner.
LeBron found him.
It was actually kind of Ah, low past little bit off target, and the green had to drop down to get the ball reach down to right around his toes and typically shooters or any player at all.
When you're passing into them, you want to get it right about chest level, stomach, the chest level just so they're able to capture and just rise up and shoot a pass down low at your ankles.
That can throw off your whole timing and even especially for good shooters if they're used to getting it right in position to shoot shooting position.
I could mess all of it up in the bronze, usually right on target with his passes, but that almost a little low.
That actually kind of ended up being a good thing just because it made a and green have to spend a little bit more time for he could shoot.
Seth Curry flew right by him, jumping to try to block him, and Danny Green shot the three.
And, as you all know, he could it be owned over time.
And then in overtime, the Lakers, LeBron and Anthony Davis scored all 15 points for the Lakers and over time ended up winning by nine, but phenomenal performances for both LeBron James and Luca Don kitsch.
LeBron finished with 39 points on 13 of 23 shooting, four of nine from the three point line, nine of 11 from the free throw line.
And that is something that I've said before, just how important that is.
All talk about free throws again in a second but 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists.
LeBron is, I believe it was the only person n b A history to put up 39 12 and 69 of its there were and four steals.
That's what it was.
That's kind of kind of, Ah, digging to try to find something.
But, hey, that's a pretty cool stat, but yeah, LeBron James shooting nine for 11 from the free throw line.
So I said it was either after the Grizzlies game or after the Hornets game.
I was talking about LeBron James, his aggressiveness and how it's kind of dependent upon how he's shooting at the free throw line, how well he's shooting, because if he's not hitting his free throws, he doesn't want to attack the basket.
Why does he want to attack the basket, get fouled, have to go to the free throw line and then miss his free throws.
He'd rather go take a little bit less percentage shots from mid range or three point trucks and probably so end up with more points out of those possessions.
But when the bronze hitting his free throws nine of 11 is so good for LeBron James needs and shooting his free throws really well this entire season, the start is taking a little bit more time with line.
He has less wasted motion and his free throw percentage.
Right now let me try toe.
Get to that is 82.
9% I I would love if that could hold up for the rest of the season.
I don't think it will.
But even if he's shooting around 75 76% I would gladly take that.
He's a career 73.
6% R Last year was the lowest free throw percentage he had shot in his career at 66.
52 years ago, though in Cleveland he shot 67.
4, so it wasn't too long ago he was under 70%.
Also But I'm really impressed with what he's been doing.
A free throw line, Like I said, taking his time, not having as much wasted motion.
And that clearly shows some results that counts for the Mavericks.
Like I said, Luca Don Keech had an incredible game.
31 points on 10 of 23 shooting, four of nine from 3 13 rebounds, 15 assists.
He did a six turnovers, but Luca Don Keech is incredible.
He is so fun to watch, too.
For someone to be his size.
I think he's 6766 or 6767 to 18 to be his size and have that type of play making ability, that type of court vision and passing vision.
It's almost unparalleled.
The guy who was going up against LeBron James, who they said multiple times on the broadcast Luca dunk.
It tries to try to growing up kind of mold his game after LeBron James and it shows.
I'd say LeBron has better court vision and Luca don kitsch, but not by a time Luka dunk.
It has really good court vision and maybe by the time he's in his physical prime, he might have his good court vision as LeBron James.
Obviously, it's not the same athlete.
He's nowhere near as good of a basketball player.
I don't think you will ever be nearly as good of a basketball player as LeBron James is because of defense.
On the defensive side, LeBron even said this after the game, when he was doing his post game interview with Doris Burke.
He said he heard all the people talking, saying how he was basically washed, and that's fueling him to come back better than ever, and he's looking really good.
But he also said, one thing that no coach and no player no team will ever do is try to single him out, try to go up against him where he's on defense and tryto take on him.
No one ever will.
Even when he was not playing that great defense for the past 45 years, really, ever since he went back to Cleveland, he started toe.
Just spend less energy on that side.
That's what happens when players get older.
They tend to, especially when they're good players.
They tend to take try to take many breaks on defense.
But even when he was using less energy on defense, he was still a really good on ball defender of justice ofall defense that started to wane.
But there was never a time at any point in his career.
Has never been up until this point, where a team a player has tried to matchup hunt on him.
Like we see the Lakers do so many times where they come off of the pick and roll between LeBron and Anthony Davis or the brawn and JaVale McGee when they switch later, just enter it right into the post, which, which they wouldn't do that as much when they just run their offense instead of having it be so dependent upon who's guarding who.
But I get the strategy.
But that's something that never would have happened before.
Never would happen.
Now, with LeBron, he can switch on to anyone.
You're never going to try to single him out and try to go at him.
Where is Luke A Donk? It's on the other hand, he's not a very good defender in general, not a good perimeter defender on guards.
You switch him off onto a big man.
It's even tougher for Luca dockage.
And that's the biggest difference between LeBron and Dunk it, obviously, aside from their physical attributes.
But offensively, Luca Duncan could do stuff that LeBron camp.
They both can hit step back threes, but I'd rather on Luca Duncan treating the stepback three.
But, yeah, Duncan tried a really nice gain.
He got injured in the fourth quarter of about a minute and 1/2 left.
He was going after a loose ball, kind of flopping as he was going after the loose ball and because he was flopping.
That led to his head going into Dwight Howard Street.
But he had a really bad cut on the back of his head.
He was bleeding.
You could tell he was disoriented.
It doesn't look.
It didn't look like the Mavericks check to see if he having concussion or not evaluated for a concussion.
But they absolutely should have.
And I would expect for the league office to be handing out some sort of a punishment for the Mavericks if they didn't evaluate him for a concussion.
I still haven't heard anything about if he has a concussion or not, but it really looked like he did.
He was in noticeable pain.
You could tell he was struggling and he seemed a little disoriented and it sucked that.
That was how the game had to end.
But Chris asked for Zenga's the Mavericks other star player, the second piece of the Mavericks star duo.
He had flashes him and Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis ended up with 31 points.
He took 28 shots, but it did not feel like Anthony Davis scored 31 points.
And it was just such a quiet game for him.
And he still finished with 31 points on Lee. Eight rebounds.
He had two steals, two blocks.
He's always going to give you his best effort on the defensive end, but on the defensive end on, he's going against Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis a few times clearly got the better of Anthony Davis.
He had a crossover on Davis, where he crossed Davis over and hit a three.
He had a back door cut on Anthony Davis for Davis, was playing him too tight out on the perimeter and pours.
A monster, slipped it back door for an and one where developed They'll fouled, pours Angus after he caught the past and present gets made the jumper or kind of many layup floaters.
He was going into the lane, but on as a whole, Porzingis kind of just disappeared in this game.
Like I said, he had flashes.
He finished with 16 points, nine rebounds to assist, no steals.
He had five personal fouls, and when you're seven foot three and 37 minutes only grab nine rebounds and not have any blocks, that's pretty disappointing.
Porzingis didn't really do anything on the defensive end of things.
Obviously, Anthony Davis had not the best shooting night, but you're still over 50% 15 of 28.
The Mavericks did a good job of not letting Davis get to the free throw line.
This was after last game, when Davis shots, but it was a 27 free throws and hit 26 of them.
Tonight, he was only one for two from the free throw line.
Another thing that I've talked about, the foreign I'm still really concerned about is Anthony Davis is shooting from outside of the paint.
I don't remember him hitting one or he had one or two fadeaway jumpers and then one other shot off the dribble from about 12 13 feet on the sideline that he hit.
But as a whole, Anthony Davis is really struggling from outside of the pain.
He was over five on threes, and I I don't know.
I'd be curious to see how much of this is his shoulder bugging him.
And how much is him just really struggling from the outside, according to what we know.
Anthony Davis, dressed, injured his shoulder before the Hornets game on Sunday and in the preseason.
In the 1st 2 games of the regular season, Davis had been struggling from the three point line.
Maybe he injured his shoulder ahead of time.
Maybe it's been bothering him for the whole the whole season and the preseason.
But going off of what we know, it's something that obviously he was dealing with before his shoulder injury was reported.
And it is concerning he has shot that he has shot a three in all five games so far against the Clippers.
He went over to against the Jazz, he went over to against the Hornets.
He went three for five, which I thought was a good sign against the Grizzlies, though he's back over to and then over five against the Memphis Grizzlies.
So on the season he is 34 three for 16 which is a three point percentage of 18.
8% ever since he started shooting threes the past past four seasons before this season, he has averaged at least 1.
8 threes per game, and the lowest he ever shot from the three point line in any of those four seasons is 29.9%.
Which that's not good.
But that's not awful.
That's so enough to where he's a threat from out there.
And that's really what the Lakers needs him to just be a threat from out there, whether he's at the four, just to give a little bit more spacing for today on the year Dwight Howard inside, even if they're just a dunker spot on the Lakers are passing it into them in post for post touches, but especially when he's at the five just so that they can play really five out.
9% was the lowest last season.
1% from the three point line, which was pretty good or decent enough.
I'll take that from four or five, but yeah, this year, down 18.8%.
That's a concern.
Another concern for the Lakers are like I mentioned, they got off to a rough start against the Mavericks.
They weren't hitting their shots to start the game.
That's kind of in a trend. They've been.
They got open looks.
They should have scored a lot more points in the first quarter than they were.
I saw a staff and I don't remember who had tweeted out.
So I'm sorry for not giving credit, but it was.
A staff of the Lakers are averaging the 22nd lowest or 22nd highest, I guess.
Which would be eight lowest or ninth lowest, 22nd most open shot attempts per game and on those open shot attempts they are shooting.
It's like 30 or 31% which I'm not sure what that ranks in the league right now.
But last season on open child attempts, the Lakers shot 34 thing was 34.
3% on open shot attempts and it must've been open jump shots and that was the worst percentage in the league.
So I would guess if they're not last this year, they are close to last, and that's a trend that needs to needs to stop.
Obviously, the Lakers brought in some more shooters this year.
Troy Daniels has had he had one or two games rooms shooting the ball up, but overall, he's under 30% for the three point line.
8% and Troy Daniels is someone who, if he's not hitting his threes, there's no use for him on the basketball court.
He does nothing else.
The seriously does nothing else.
He has more career turnovers than he has assist, so he's not a playmaker.
You can't handle the ball.
He's six foot two, I think, and not that athletic.
So he can't play defense.
But even if he wanted to be still could not.
There is not a use for him can Habeas Caldwell Pope.
He's had stretches when the lake has been up.
20 worries played well, but every time when it's been a close game, the Lakers were Kentavious Caldwell.
Pope has not been able to be any sort of a difference maker on the offensive end, defensive side of things he has been a little bit more consistent, a little bit more dependable.
He's probably one of the Lakers, one of the Lakers better perimeter defenders.
Alex Caruso, though.
Last night, I need to talk about him.
He had a really good game.
He had a dunk on.
Maxie Cleaver, where he just Grove to the lane, took two giant steps, and I was not expecting him to dump that.
He jumped from the dotted line on the free throw line.
That's kind of an awkward move, but he just rose up.
Hammered at home, he ended up with seven points to rebound, zero assists and 15 minutes.
But again, I've said this before, and I know it's a little cliche, But Alex Caruso's impact does go beyond the box score.
Dwight Howard, Even though he only had four points and he did have eight rebounds and 26 minutes, he was going up against Boban.
Marjanovic to who Dwight Howard usually isn't over not over Mash, but isn't undersized against his opponent.
But against Boban, obviously he was.
He still played well.
He was the only player on the Lakers bench other than Quinn Cook, but Quinn Cook only played four minutes on Lee Player to have a positive plus minus, and I know that that plus minuses, don't tell the whole story in N B A games.
Or you could argue that over the course of the season they start to but Dwight Howard again his net rating.
He is a difference maker somewhat for the Lakers.
More of a difference maker than JaVale McGee.
JaVale McGee Last night didn't really do anything at two points, two rebounds, one block.
He only played 11 minutes because Dwight Howard was clearly the Lakers.
And that's kind of just how it's been this entire season.
I'm hoping JaVale McGee starts to turn around, but we'll see.
Avery Bradley finished with 11 points, five rebounds to assist.
He was five of 12 shooting.
He was missing a lot of open shots.
I didn't like the Lakers at the end of the game, running a play for Avery Bradley to get a mid range jumper off the dribble that almost cost the Lakers game and probably should have.
But Lakers have LeBron and Anthony Davis.
One other thing about LeBron, though, is not just his stats and how impressive those are.
But he just looks so much better than he did last year.
Even before he got injured on Christmas Day against the Warriors.
He did not look this spry this quick this fast.
I really do think that this summer, where he had the longest layoff between seasons of his professional career, it's really rejuvenated him and rejuvenated his body toe, where he's coming back and doing stuff that he hasn't done for the past few game or a few years, where he just looks so much fresher than he has in the past.
I'm hoping this continues throughout the year, but, yeah, I've been really impressed with him.
LeBron James finished with the plus 15 Anthony Davis with the plus 12.
All the Lakers starters actually finished with the plus in the plus minus, and then the Lakersbench.
Like I said, the only player to finish with the positive plus minus was Dwight Howard.
So Lakersbench has been an issue to start the year somewhat and was an issue last night.
I think he will definitely end up helping.
I'm almost 18 minutes into this video.
I'm just now talking about Kyle Kuzma, but whose mo he was on a minutes restriction first came back from his ankle injury.
He was supposed to play between 15 20 minutes.
He played 18 minutes, and even though it went into overtime, Frank Vogel did not summon back in which I thought was the right call.
No need to have Kyle Kuzma overdo it and re injure himself in the game in November.
So I finished the game with 18 minutes, nine points.
He was three of eight shooting.
He had three rebounds.
He missed all four of his threes.
He was three for four on free throws.
I think it's gonna take a little time before Kuzma really starts to make an impact.
He is not going to be another.
Some people are talking about how maybe you could make it all starting this year.
He's not going to.
He's not that type of player.
He is not going to be making that type of been impact on this team.
But if he can hit his open threes, if he can cut to the basket when he's supposed to cut and finish inside a hard on defense, he has the size to make a difference and be a positive for the Lakers Defensively, that's all I'm asking for a Kyle Kuzma and last night is kind of tough to gauge everything off of just one night.
I think there were definitely some promising stretches from him, but overall, it just might take away from him was just that.
He needs a little bit more time.
He needs to get its wind back.
It is envy legs N b A lungs under him so that he can actually make a positive impact, because last night he was a naked for the Lakers.
But I don't expect that to continue.
I think maybe a few more games, and then eventually he works his way back into shape and then he starts making positive impact for the Lakers.
So that's my take away from the game from last night.
I'm gonna be back on tomorrow to preview the Lakers Spurs game, and that is going to be tipping off at 4 p.m.
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I'll be back on after the game to recap what I saw from the game as well.
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