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Recaps for the Lakers.
But it's been a good week for the Lakers, for sure.
There three and 1/2 minute wait for a few more people to hop on the stream before I get started.
But they're three know.
This week they beat the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, and they beat the Warriors the next night in L.
Then, of course, last night they just beat the Sacramento Kings in a pretty close game closer than I was expecting it to be, but still nonetheless for no.
So my takeaways from this week I You know what? I'm gonna start with the Warriors game in particular.
I know that they were playing a Warriors team.
That is just awful.
And defensively, I guess I saw some stat that they have actually the second worst defense, statistically of all time ever since they started tracking enough stats on defense, too.
And 70 Warriors are really, really bad.
But one takeaway I have from the game was JaVale.
McGee obviously had an incredible game here.
I think it was, but 18 points and 16 rebounds on me at the Blacks.
That's it was yeah, 18 18 points and 17 rebounds on eight of 12 shooting, three steals, three blocks and 27 minutes by far JaVale McGee's most impactful game that he has had this season.
And I don't think it's a complete coincidence.
Obviously, he was gonna put up really good numbers because he was going up against the Warriors defense.
That just had no big men whatsoever.
But I don't think it's and I don't think it's completely a coincidence that he had this big, big night when Anthony Davis didn't play and I think one thing that the Lakers need to focus up great cop, it's just got tossed against the Blazers.
But one thing that the Lakers need to maybe think about doing a little bit more is having JaVale McGee play.
When Anthony Davis isn't on the court, So Anthony Davis didn't play it all against the Warriors.
He was nursing his shoulder injury, and he also had a rib injury from the night before against the Suns.
Lakers clearly did not meet Anthony Davis, so it was good that they arrested him.
But JaVale McGee allowing him to just kind of be the sole protector of the pain and not having it a little bit clogged my Anthony Davis both offensively and defensively.
That's one thing that when most people talk about big men clogging the pain, that kind of talk they usually think about Oh, well, maybe the four man is clogging the pain for the five million on offense because the Foreman camp stretch out the defense and hit outside shots, which Anthony Davis definitely can.
But Anthony Davis also definitely does most of his work from inside in the paint, where JaVale McGee exclusively only does his work in the paint as well.
But JaVale McGee, also on defense, just with Anthony Davis as great of the RIM protector, is, he is.
He is coming over trying to help get locks, and that leaves the veil McGee to be a little bit more timid.
It looks like on defense and offense, really, just not asserting himself at all.
Not that travail.
McGee is the greatest offensive player in the world, but he definitely can do damage.
As you saw against the Warriors.
Now, I'm not expecting him to put up those types of numbers on a nightly basis.
But I do think that him being the sole protector of the paint and him being the only big man on the court for the Lakers who does damage at the rim when he was playing it lines up with why he was able to do as well as he was on a much smaller scale.
I would think that he'd still be able to contribute in a bigger way by having the Lakers kind of stagger his amendments with Anthony Davis toe where Lakers A lot of the time have been, or pretty much this entire season.
They've been playing JaVale McGee only at the start of the first quarter and the start of the third order.
Once he gets subs out, subbed out, usually gets subbed out for Kyle Kuzma and then the rest of the first quarter and third quarter Lakers have Anthony Davis at the five and Kyle Kuzma the fourth, which I love Anthony Davis at the five.
And as long as he's willing to play that much at the five, I am all for it and then to start the second quarter in the fourth quarter.
Usually Dwight Howard is on the court, and they close most of the games with either Dwight Howard at the five or Anthony Davis at the five and the file.
Cosmo's at four.
And that's something that maybe they play around with the lineups a little bit.
And either have Dwight Howard started to the only G come off the bench.
One thing about that, though, is that JaVale McGee would need to understand.
It's not that he's doing anything wrong right now.
He has not played as well as Dwight Howard at all.
Dwight Howard has been the best center for the Lakers, not including Anthony Davis, obviously.
But if they want JaVale McGee to be able to reach his full potential this year, maybe you start Dwight Howard and after Veil McGee come in at the start of the second and fourth quarter when Anthony Davis is on the bench.
Maybe you still start JaVale McGee and then just take him out a little earlier and then put him back in.
Maybe at some point, I mean, it has to be to start the second and fourth quarter.
Dwight Howard has been so good, though, starting the second and fourth quarter.
But he's also been really good when Anthony Davis has been on the court.
And that's the key difference is that JaVale McGee has been not really good at all.
With Anthony Davis on the court.
The only time that we've seen today only gave without anything.
Davis on the court was Wednesday against the Warriors, whereas Dwight Howard, he's been really impactful.
Whether Anthony Davis has been on the quarter hasn't ideally, you would like, for all of your role players to be able to play with the Lakers two stars.
But if travail McGee plays better without Anthony Davis on the court, then take advantage of that when Davis isn't on the court tried out to be only on the court and switch up the rotations little bit, So that was my first takeaway.
Second takeaway Raison Rondo.
It's been a mixed bag, so far against the sons.
He was pretty good.
Definitely a positive, for the Lakers didn't play against the Warriors.
Second night of a back of back sons was his first game back.
So just didn't want Russian through everything.
Last night against the King's, though, we got the bad rage on Rondo.
And yeah, that brings up an interesting narrative on Rondo and that I think it's very clear that he has value that he can add to the Lakers.
But only in certain instances, I don't think, and I really hope I don't think that raised on Rondo should be playing in every game.
I hope he doesn't play in every game, but I'm pessimistic about that.
I do think Frank Vogel is going to play him in each game, and there's just certain matchups where when the Lakers are going up against a team that wants to pressure their ball handlers, Raison Rondo should definitely be playing more.
Quinn Cook came up Gribble against pressure Avery Bradley.
I would much rather one raised on Ronald dribbling than him.
Alex Caruso can dribble a little bit against pressure, but I would much rather want rage on Rondo.
This is where actually the benefit of Rondo not really being able to shoot too well, and no one really wanting to play up on him is that Rondo and dribble a lot better than any of the other point guards that the Lakers have.
And it also doesn't make sense from a defense of perspective to be upon him, no matter where he is on the court, because he cannot shoot.
Why are you going to give him no breathing room? Because he, more than any other point guard for the Lakers, can blow past you.
So needs a little bit of sense when they're getting pressured.
He can also create for others unlike any other point guard on the Lakers, Alex Caruso is probably their second best playmaking point guard.
But Caruso is nowhere near the plane Nature that rage on Rondo is so Rondo definitely can be useful.
I would also like to see when Rondo is playing.
Ideally, you don't know LeBron James on the court because if you have LeBron on the cord, you're either giving the ball to LeBron, which you shouldn't have him play make for everyone.
But then that goes that Toronto not being able to shoot and not being a threat from the outside.
So why do you have Rondo on the court then? Because he's not adding anything defensively.
He is awful, awful defensively, but also Rondo's best with the ball in his hands.
So if you're trying to make the best use of Rondo and you're putting the ball in his hands, why are you doing that on you? LeBron James on the court? Because as good as LeBron LeBron is great with the ball and without the ball, but he is much more special with the ball in his hand.
So by utilizing Rondo's best ability, you are taking away from the impact that LeBron James can have.
And this is also backed up by last year for the Lakers, Rondo is the only player who, when played with LeBron James, that two men line up, had a worse, had a negative net rating.
It believe it was negative five point something.
No one else on the Lakers last year had a negative net rating playing with LeBron James and that just means net rating means that while those two players on the court together they were being outscored by opponents by a little over five points per game.
Five points per 100 possessions.
Think about that.
The hand of a basketball player.
Do you have to be? Or how poorly do you have to mesh with LeBron James in order to be getting outscored with you have LeBron James on the court? Every other player had a positive net rating, so that really, if anything, that shows don't play Rondo with LeBron James.
There still some use for rage on Rondo, and I think he will be valuable at certain points during the season.
But he's not a player that the Lakers should be relying on every single game.
I don't think that you should be playing every single game, so we'll see what happens with that moving on to Anthony Davis and in the injury concerns that I have with him.
Yeah, I'm a little concerned.
His shoulder has been more of an annoyance, really, up until this point than anything else, just like Oh well, yeah, it's bothering bothering him again.
And he said that he feels it with every single play.
But he also said that it's not affecting his game, but That's not completely true, either, because Anthony Davis so right after he injured his shoulder.
Initially, he had that free throw shooting clinic against the It was the Memphis Grizzlies, where he shot 26 27 of the free throw line.
That was about two weeks ago.
I don't think he shot 27 free throws total since then, and he's just he hasn't been quite as graphic aggressive.
He's still been aggressive.
He hasn't been getting as many calls, but it definitely is bothering him somewhat and changing up his playing style at least a little bit.
So I would I don't know if you're and see if that helps might not be the worst thing in the world, but again they're off to a really good start and they probably want to keep going on a really good start.
And Anthony Davis is pretty instrumental to them being able to do what they need to do.
So it's it's a tough call for them.
Anthony Davis reportedly is going to keep playing.
It's not the right decision Lakers have.
I believe it's a easier schedule coming up.
They play the Hawks on Sunday, tomorrow, then they play versus the Thunder at the Thunder and then at the Grizzlies next Saturday before traveling to San Antonio to take on the Spurs.
If the Lakers could sit him for hopefully not tomorrow against the Hawks, because I'm going to that game.
But if they if they could sit him for I mean realistically against the Hawks, the two games against the Thunder and then against the Grizzlies, I think that that would definitely at least give them on an idea as faras.
Okay, if we arrest him for a little bit, will that entry go away? It's a nagging injury.
It's something that it seems like he can play with for the rest of the year, But it's probably gonna be hampering him a little bit.
If you can get him a week, two weeks rest and then about entry, go away.
That's best because, yes, they're going to be fighting for playoff seeding all year.
But I would expect even if Anthony Davis were to miss a few weeks, they would still comfortably make the playoffs.
And at that point, you're much better off having a fully healthy Anthony Davis than having 90% Anthony Davis and having a slightly higher playoff seed.
So that is what I would do with Anthony Davis is.
Just look for a week, two weeks to sit him and then see how the injury is after that.
If it's not fixed by that point, then you probably just after that.
Make sure Anthony Davis is okay with just dealing it with dealing with it for the rest of the year, which it seems like he definitely is.
So something else to monitor.
Aside from that, Kyle Kuzma has looked really good in these last few games.
He's starting to get his conditioning back. Even.
You could tell that when he first got back into the Lakers lineup, he was missing a lot of threes.
But they were good, Mrs.
And what I mean by that is a good mrs.
When a player shoots a shot and the shot is either too short or too long, a badness is where they miss a shot.
But it's either to the right side or to the left side, where bounce on the right side of the rim of the left side of the rim.
Reason for that is because it's much easier to correct just either shooting the ball a little bit shorter or if you're getting short on your shots, just improving your conditioning and having your legs under you and that will allow you to make your shots.
If you're off to one side or another, it means there's a little bit more wrong with your shots.
So it was encouraging to see that at first with Kyle, Kuzma still would have liked to have seen the balls go into the rim or into the hoop.
But over these past few games, he's dropped the ball really well.
He shot the ball well against the King's last night, I believe.
I know he had 13 quick points against them.
He might have ended up with only 13 points.
Finished with 13 points.
He had 13 points before halftime, so slow down.
But still he finished three of seven from 34 of nine from the field.
Defense was much better than it was, especially against the Raptors last Sunday, so encouraging that he continues to take those steps forward.
I would expect he played 26 minutes last night.
I'd expect him to be.
That's going to be about his normal minute attribution from now on, 26 to 30 maybe 32 minutes.
I'm given nights just depending on what the matchups are.
So it was good to see that.
Good to see him start to get in the flow of things.
LeBron James had an incredible dunk against the King's last night, where he turned back the clock at when I saw that my jaw literally dropped and it was so, so cool to see that that was we didn't get that from last year.
He Yes, he got injured on Christmas Day, but we didn't have any of those dunks like he had the year previous to that in 2018 where with the Cavs is last year, there were a few monstrous Doug's, including a dunk on Yusef Nurkic.
That was just absolutely nasty.
But yeah, the the bounce is definitely back for him.
For the time being, he also looked really good defensively, especially last night against the King's him and Anthony David.
Someone on Twitter put together a string of defensive plays of Anthony Davis made down the stretch.
I didn't even realize I realized that Anthony Davis made a really big impact yesterday against the Kings, just like he does on pretty much every night defensively.
But the last few minutes, the place of Anthony Davis was involved with whether it was switching on to a garden and staying with the Garden, either stripping the guard, blocking the guard.
Or there was a play against Buddy Healed, where Davis is switched on Buddy, he'll try to do a step back three on him, and he had to shoot it over.
Anthony Davis is outstretched arms.
Davis didn't block it, but But he'll airballed.
It knows the Lakers ball, obviously, the last play of the game, where Anthony Davis stonewalled Harrison Barnes at the rim, too, saved the game for the Lakers or win the game for them.
They would have been a tie if Harrison Barnes have made it, but Anthony Davis was extremely impressive.
Just as impressive, though, was LeBron James LeBron James.
Next time you watch a Laker game, watch how quickly LeBron James closes out.
Hopefully, he's still doing it.
He's been doing it in every game to start this year, and that is the type of effort that we have not seen from him all of last year.
We really haven't seen this so sort of defensive effort, especially in the regular season since he was in Miami.
And it's been so incredible, so fun to watch him defensively.
How when the ball is on one side of the court and his man is on the other side, if the opposing team throws the skip pass over to his man, just how quickly he closes out his man and then doesn't let this man get by him, either.
Also, if there's a high screen roll up the top and his man is over in the corner, a LeBron James will tag the Rolling Man, be the plus one defender, be in position there and then, if the ball handler coming out of the chicken run, pick and roll finds LeBron's, the man that LeBron is supposed to be defending in the corner when they went that pass out from LeBron James is right there.
He recovers so quickly and it is just really nice to see that I've been so impressed with his defensive effort so far, and I hope it continues.
I expect honestly, I expect that there will be some sort of a rock off, just I don't know. I.
He's in 1/17 year like, Can you really expend this much energy on both sides of the court for the whole regular season? Well, after wait and see, I hope I'm wrong.
And if anyone's gonna prove me wrong, it will be LeBron James.
He is a freak of nature, and I am pretty convinced he's not even human, but yeah, well, See, I really hope that he continues to play with this sort of defensive effort because if he does laters, are that much harder to be.
So, yeah, overall.
Just been really pleased with everything that the Lakers have done and their players have done.
Pope had a big night against the Sacramento Kings last night.
He had 12 points in the fourth.
That was really nice to see.
I do feel a little bit bad for KCP.
Apparently, he has a burner Twitter account, where he tweeted some tweets, trist defending himself, and he gets a lot of flack playing for the Lakers.
Just the spotlight is so big on him, and he has struggled so much, especially last year after LeBron James went down and when LeBron came back and then to start this year.
Offensively, he has struggled so much defensively, he has at the very least, tried on defense, and he's been a positive and the on the defensive side of the ball, especially on the perimeter.
But offensively, he airballed a lay up a few games ago and I could not believe that.
But I feel bad for him.
It was really nice to see, actually, Dwight Howard and Alex Caruso, both defending KCP on think of his instagram.
But there was something that they didn't have to do.
I'm more pleased hearing about Dwight Howard doing it on Caruso, not because it means more in the sense that look, they're both defending their teammate.
But Crusoe, I know is a really good team mate, and I would expect that sort of thing from them.
Dwight Howard, up until this year, has not been a good teammate pretty much anywhere that he's gone, and so for him to take the time to go on the social media and defend one of his teammates and say we're all brothers were all in this together is really good to see and I am just becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Dwight Howard with really every passing day, I will admit, up until this point, I have been 100% wrong on Dwight Howard.
I was not happy when the Lakers signed him, but he has.
He's just looked so much better both on and off the court than I ever would have imagined.
And right now I am very happy that the Lakers signed them to ah, nonguaranteed contract to a contract.
But I say right now, because things can change.
But I really hope that Dwight Howard, this really is who he is and it looks like it.
I want to believe it.
I just want to give it a little bit more time.
But yeah, very encouraged with what Dwight Howard's done, they're encouraged with.
What the Lakers have done is a whole getting back to KCP really quickly.
It was just really nice to see him score, have a nice offensive effort against the Kings.
He got injured against the Warriors and it looked like he might have strained as Achilles Lakers were calling it an ankle injury.
But he kind of just landed and all of a sudden his ankle Achilles area was hurting and he had to come out of the game, and there were some people who were celebrating that he was injured.
You never wanted see that? And, yeah, just nice to see him bounce back.
And I really hope that he can start to play better.
Not just because obviously, that would be in the Lakers best interest, but also just He's gone through a lot with a lot of heckling.
Being part of the Lakers will be nice to see him turning around and not feel that sort of stuff.
So that does it for this recap.
I'm trying to think if there is anything else that I wanted to talk about Jared Dudley, I guess there's really quickly He's impressed me when he's been on the court, The limited playing my money's had he There isn't really any specific thing that he does well.
It's just all the little things.
I know that sounds a little cliche, but the next time that he is on the court for the Lakers, just pay attention to when he's on the court, how much he's talking both offensively and defensively.
He's a really smart player and what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with his basketball.
Telling other players on his team where to be both offensively and defensively, just talking throughout.
And he's been a bigger impact for the Lakers, both on and off the court.
Then the box score would suggest.
And yeah, I've just been happy with this place.
I wanted to talk about Dudley really quickly.
Other than that, I think I've covered everything.
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I'm going that game so very excited.
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