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Why, yes, but I want to get this post game one up.
Rough game for the Lakers, their first loss in their last eight games.
They're on a seven game winning streak.
Before this, this was the longest winning streak since the 2011 season, when they won eight in a row, actually twice, and that was separated only by one loss to the Mavericks.
They had to eight game win streaks, just separated by one loss.
The Mavericks, which pretty good run for them tonight, that just Lakers that rappers have had the Lakers numbers lately, and I know the Lakers have been they're much different team now than they have in the past from last year, and especially before that without the wrong.
But Raptors have now won 10 straight against the Lakers before those 10 wins in a row.
The Raptors were 18 28 all time against because the Raptors have been a good team for that whole time.
But you would think at some point over the last five years the Lakers would have been able to get one.
But it's just, I mean, last year.
I remember when the Lakers played the Raptor at home and the Raptors didn't have quite Leonard in that game.
He was resting, as he seems to do, quite a bit.
Maybe a little too often.
But yeah, he was arresting in that game.
The Raptors on some ridiculous, like 27 to 4 run in the first quarter or something like that.
And it's just the Raptors have the Lakers number.
Last year, they had them again tonight.
I remember earlier in the Bobcats, back when the Hornets were the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bobcats were.
I don't know they want, like six of their 1st 7 games and the Lakers or something like that, where for a few years, Lakers just could not be them in.
The Bobcats were a bad team.
The Raptors have been a good team for the past five years, obviously winning the championship last year.
But he had this game.
Lakers just couldn't get it going.
LeBron James finished with 13 points on 15 shots, which obviously is not efficient.
Five of 15 shooting over two on three so he continues to struggle, continues to struggle on the three for the year.
He is shooting always actually up to 33.
9% which is better than it was to start the year.
But he just hasn't completely got that going.
Last year, it was a much different story in terms of its shooting, where he got off to a really nice start.
He was shooting the three, I think, around 36 37% to start the year.
And then, of course, he got injured.
When he came back, he couldn't find his shooting stroke.
But this was a game where LeBron again just couldn't get it going.
Shooting wise, he did have 13 rebounds.
He had 15 assists.
You continued to be really engaged in the defensive end.
He didn't have a steel, but he accepted every challenge the Raptor gave them.
He did have one block.
It was a really, really nice chase down block on OJ and nobody work.
LeBron closed out to the perimeter.
Ana know, be a little bit too hard and nobody got and nobody got around him, went to the basket.
Instead of trying to dunk it, he tried to lay it in.
LeBron chased him down from behind blocked it.
But I even though LeBron obviously shooting wise, efficiency wise on his shots, you'd like to see a lot better from him.
He played really hard again tonight and honestly, I will take that if that's probably the biggest positive I'm gonna take away from this game.
That and Dwight Howard, I think, had another really good game, which I'll get to him in a little bit.
But I'm just so happy and so surprised, pleasantly surprised with LeBron's effort just overall.
I mean both offensively how engaged he is looking for his teammates.
Yes, it's shot isn't going in, but that doesn't deter him from tryingto set up others and still taking a shot.
He did still take 15 shots, but defensively to just how hard he's been working defensively.
There were a few stretches where Anthony Davis was out of the game and LeBron James past Chelsea Aacm was killing the Lakers when Kyle Cruise was matched up against him and I'm gonna get into that in a second to.
But there was a stretch of a few minutes where LeBron took Pascal Siachen and that is really rare.
Siachen did not go out LeBron James because, like LeBron said after his interview post game interview against the Mavericks, you don't match a punt against me.
And the Raptors certainly won't certainly weren't.
They were tryingto get the Lakers to switch a little bit on some screens, which they still did.
I'm gonna get to that in a second, but staying on LeBron James? Yeah, I loved his effort defensively.
He accepted every challenge, the Raptor through in him.
Offensively, he saw it.
15 assists of he was really getting everyone else involved and 13 rebounds as well.
So if he was coming down crashing the glass, which is good, because Anthony Davis, who should be leaving the Lakers and rebounds pretty much every night it eight rebounds, Which not terrible.
But you'd like to see a little bit more from Anthony Davis rebounding wise when the Raptors don't have Serge Ibaka.
Marc Gasol only played.
I mean, he played 33 minutes.
It seemed like you played less than that.
Marcus always only one for two from the 42 points, seven rebounds.
He wasn't really much of a factor at all.
Anthony Davis wasn't even on him too much. He was on Pascal.
See ya come a lot.
And when Anthony Davis was on Pascal, see welcome.
He played him really well.
See, welcome toe get going.
They used nine for 25 24 points.
Anytime you score as many points as you take shot attempts, that's not efficient.
And her Pasquale Siachen, whose one for eight on threes and for the most part, Lakers that a pretty good job against him.
It was the instances where the Raptors were doing this quite a bit.
When Anthony Davis would be on Siachen Davis or LeBron James when they were on Siachen, they'd have whoever Koosman was guarding come out, set a screen, and the Lakers didn't really fight over that screening to try to stay with him.
They were switching a lot, which is pretty unusual for the except for a few fourth quarter.
They've been switching for the most part.
They've elected, not really switch any screens and instead try the come with a hard head and let the primary defender get back to the ball handler and then have the plus one defender come over to help and then get back.
But tonight It wasn't just the fourth quarter.
It was, at least for the whole third and fourth quarter.
They're switching a lot of on ball screens, which is just unusual for them, and Raptors were completely taking advantage of that past Chelsea.
Aacm Look, he finished with nine made shots.
I don't know how any of those were against Kuzma, but I would have to assume probably five or six of them. And I'm being serious.
I'm not trying to over exaggerate at all.
Pascal Sockem was killing Kyle Koosman.
It wasn't just the made shots.
It was See ya come attacking the Raymond, then getting fouled, which cruise malls and then printer didn't end with a maid shot from that player.
Sometimes it swung out to the outside, and then that player passed it around till someone else was open.
It was all because Kyle Kuzma could not stay with Pascal Siac.
Um, and that's something just Kyle Koosman needs to needs to play better.
He is a better player than he's shown through his 1st 6 games back, or however many games it's been since he's been back five or six.
He needs to start knocking the dust off and show that he's a better player than he is.
I think he's gotten better.
It's just been a little bit slower than I or any other Laker fan or Laker player or coaching staff member would have hoped for.
And Koosman is still struggling from the outside.
He made three of his 73 point attempts tonight, so that was a good sign.
He had to clutch threes that brought the Game two threes, Doctor back.
That brought the game from 104 92 to 10 for 98 of them, not mistaken, something that could lead down to six.
So he was also out there at the end of the fourth quarter, which I didn't really love That decision.
I get White Franco, who was doing that because he was trying to give Kyle Cruise with the raps to where hopefully, it's gonna pay off in the long run and that Koosman get some experience in these clutch situations against other good basketball teams where Koosman hasn't had that type of that type of experience since he's been in MBA.
Not on a team with riel playoff aspirations like the Lakers have this year, so it's important to get him those reps.
But at the same time, when the Lakers had LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard out there at the same time, at least at the close of the first half, they started to pull away.
I think it was tied or Lakers were up to, and they brought in when the first had all three of LeBron 80 and white on the court at once, and they ended up at halftime.
I think they're up by nine or 10 points there by 12 at one point right before halftime.
They have the brawn 80 and Dwight in, and they were surrendering more shots at the basket than I would have thought that they would be.
But at the same time, over the course of the 1st 9 games of the season, that's been their most successful line up.
So why would you not go to that to close out the fourth quarter, especially Marc Gasol came in with a few minutes left in the fourth.
That was the Lakers excuse like yet.
Get Dwight Howard in the game because now you can have Dwight on Marc Gasol.
You can have Anthony Davis on Pascal.
See ya come and they did not do that.
Instead, they had Siachen.
They had Anthony Davis on Siachen and I think Kyle Kuzma was on Marc Gasol a little bit.
LeBron was on them, too, and then Koosman to go on to Chris.
Chris wound Chris Boucher blanking out on his name.
He's averaging like four minutes per game for the Raptors this year, but tonight he destroyed the Lakers.
He so Chris Mouche.
Most people probably don't know who he is from Oregon.
He spent his first year in the N B A with the Golden State Warriors two years ago. Won a championship.
Last years with the Raptors, one of championship.
I didn't really play much for either team, but in his third year still hasn't gotten much playing kind.
But the surge Ibaka out because of an ankle injury.
He got more time, finished 24 minutes.
He had 15 points, 7 11 shooting, two rebounds, one assist.
But defensively, he was a monster for the Raptors.
He had two steals, three blocks and that's the type of production that the Raptor air just good at.
Finding those diamond in the rough fight players.
Another diamond in the rough type player.
Fred Vanvleet, who started for the Raptor with Kyle Lowry out for the foreseeable future with a thumb injury and lead, played 38 minutes.
He had 23 points, four of nine from 37 rebounds, 10 assists are pretty close to a triple double.
Also had two steals, and he was getting around the Lakers guards way too often.
It was Avery Radley played good defense on at times, but there were too many times when being bleak out around him and either found an open man for a dunk.
Or Bentley just took a floater or something in the paint and finished.
But there are also a lot of times where the Lakers, because for whatever reason, they were switching more in this game than they have and others.
Ben Bleed got one of the Lakers Biggs on him, and he was getting around them primarily.
Actually, Dwight Howard and Javale McGee and Dwight Howard's been really good so far this year at not letting opposing ball handlers get around him.
He's played some really good defense, and tonight I wanted to talk about Dwight Howard again.
I know I said that he let them bleed, get around him a few times, which he did.
But overall, I was again really impressed with Dwight Howard.
His bounces, vertical looks like it's probably it's not back to what it was.
Thank you, janitorial for the thumbs up.
But Dwight Howard's bounce it's not what it was when he was in.
His athletic primates have been never gonna get back to that.
But there's a noticeable difference in terms of how high is able to elevate now versus in the Be Happy.
By that, I'm just happy again with his hustle inside.
He didn't he wasn't a force on the glass like he has been in some games.
He finished with how many rebounds.
In the end, it's six rebounds.
Only played 16 minutes.
He had nine points.
He was three of three from the field, three of five from the free throw line.
It seems like he's been shooting better from the free throw line this year, too.
I'm drying that.
Look up his free throw percentage.
No, nevermind, 33.3%.
I must just be remembering one or two games where you shot really well and his first.
His 1st 5 games.
He was one for five from the free throw line, but since then he's from 50 55%.
I was wrong about that, but no Dwight Howard.
He played well tonight, and I would like to see the Lakers Right now.
Dwight Howard doesn't play the first or the third quarter he comes.
A 8 to 10 minutes was depending on situation and how much rest LeBron and Anthony Davis have gotten.
And then he gets subbed out, comes back in the fourth quarter and plays somewhere between six and nine minutes.
So he's averaging between 15 to 20 minutes per night.
And that's fine, Even if the Lakers want to keep him right around that 15 to 20 minute mark, I'd like to seem closer to around the 20 minute mark.
I think it would be foolish to think that you could play Dwight Howard 28 30 minutes and still expected energy while he's on the court to be the same.
It's just not sustainable, especially for a big man where it's tougher for them to move around.
He's been moving really well, but you don't want to overtax him, so I'm fine with him playing the same 20 ish minutes per night.
But I'd like to see it spaced out a little more, because when Dwight Howard gets onto the court, he makes a considerable impact for the Lakers offensively and defensively because he's someone who you have to find him.
When you're the defensive team in the shot goes up by the Lakers, you have to get a body on him or else he will get the offensive rebounds.
So that's an issue.
And then, obviously defensively, he's been great at protecting the rib and getting defensive rebounds as well.
And so even if he's still playing the same 20 minutes per game, he just changes the whole feel of the game.
Sometimes when he comes into the game, he can have one or two hustle plays where it just changes the whole field, makes the Lakers and gets their crowd and do it makes the Lakers just play better because of the energy that he exudes while he's out on the court.
So I'd like to see him come in in the first quarter.
Maybe when look, if the Lakers want to sub Kyle Koosman before Dwight Howard. That's fine.
And they wanna put Anthony.
Was that the five? I'm all for that.
I love having Anthony Davis said the five.
But then maybe when LeBron goes out of the three minute mark sub Dwight Howard and instead of something in whoever they seven.
Instead, whether it's Quinn, Cook or Troy Daniels were KCP and much rather want Dwight Howard.
And first just to set the tone, having played from the three minute mark of the first quarter to the six minute mark of the second quarter nine minute stretch.
So you're still getting that same one stretch? It stressed.
He adds 1/4 break, obviously, in between that, but I just think that that would change the feel of the game.
Give the Lakers a little bit more Momenta more times than not earlier in the game.
Also have the Lakers just continues set to set a tone on the defensive end of the court, and that could be a big difference for the Lakers, so I'd be interested to see what they do.
They play the Sun's on Tuesday night that's in Phoenix.
Suns just dismantled the Brooklyn.
That's tonight by a final score of 1 38 to 1 12 That was in Phoenix.
But sons look really good.
I don't know what it is that the underage in their starting center, their number one overall pick from last year.
He's suspended for another 20 s games, and even without him, they're looking really good money.
Williams has them playing really good and really hard.
And so that game in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Whereas before the season started, most people probably would have thought, Oh, yeah, that's a really easy, winnable game for the Lakers.
It's a tough game.
Sons are one game behind the Lakers in the Win Loss column, and I'm not expecting it to stay that way.
I still don't think the sons make the playoffs, but they've been really impressive to start the year and this game in FEMA to campus write it off as an easy victory.
It's going to be cuffed, so we'll see what happens with that.
I'll have a pregame preview of that game for that game.
Tips off sometime either tomorrow or Tuesday morning, so be sure to check out for that.
Check out that or I'll be on the lookout for that while I can't talk tonight, but yeah.
So that's all for tonight.
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