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I'm going to be re capping the Lakers game against the Mavericks from earlier today in today's were in this night's right now.
Wow, this is off to not a great start, but be re capping the Lakers Mavericks game that took place earlier today on this stream.
I'm also going to be covering what I am thankful for, and I'm not thankful for as a Laker saying in terms of what have been happy with would have been pleased about and then what the Lakers need to do better, which obviously, their stuff they need to improve upon they had a nice 10 game winning streak came to an end tonight or earlier today against the Dallas Mavericks.
So the game itself, actually, before I get to the game while a few more people jump on here really quickly.
The Clay Helton stuff that I was so happy about earlier today when I had my pregame report for the Lakers and Mavericks, I took up a few minutes talking about how excited I was.
Now I was hoping Urban Meyer or James Franklin or someone of that ilk would end up being the next head coach for USC might have jumped the gun a little bit on that.
I guess they were disputing their own report.
I forgot who it was on Sports Illustrated.
Someone reported that Clay Helton was fired.
Then another writer for Sports Illustrated said no, he hasn't been fired.
And then Sports Illustrated tweeted out something saying that there have been various reports disputing the report earlier that Clay Held was fired.
It was your report.
But then it was also and you're news outlets.
Was we're disputing it as well.
Clay Helton, I guess.
Tweeted out a picture of him at an in home visit for some recruit that had already committed to USC so clearly earlier today, he was still USC, his head coach.
And it looks like he's still the U.
S. Sees head coach right now.
I'm not giving out hope.
Clay Helton should be fired.
Will he be fired? I'm gonna hope so.
I can't definitively with confidence say that he will be, but it is the right move to make someone.
I think it was Ryan Abraham.
An article out earlier today or yesterday detail ing how much USC is losing in terms of revenue just at the gate from ticket sales alone being down this year factor and other stuff like food jersey sales, people walking on television.
Yes, it's gonna cost a bit to pay out or buy out Clay Helton, but in the long run, it's gonna cost even more to keep him.
So I hope you SC does the right thing there.
And I really hope that Clay Helton is fired and I hope he's fired soon.
So us seek and start moving on who their next coach is gonna be.
Please be Urban Meyer.
So all right, that's my little rant on the USC stuff.
Let's get into the Lakers.
So in terms of the game, actual game today, not a fun game.
Lakers were up at half time by 3 62 to 59.
Got out to a really good start.
LeBron James came out, and today keep wanting to say tonight the Sunday Usually the Lakers play at 6 30 on their own, but they played it one.
LeBron got out to a really good start defensively.
He was just everywhere moving really well jumping passing lanes.
I think he had three steals just a few minutes into the game, and then the energy started kind of wear off.
Mavericks came back.
Lakers opened up a bigger lead again, and then Mavericks came back, headed to within three at halftime and the third quarter hit and the Lakers just completely went flat.
The Mavericks have the NBA's most efficient offense by a pretty wide margin over the number two most efficient offense, which is the Washington Wizards.
Which, of course, was the team the Lakers just beat by 20 on when it was Friday night.
And they were up.
I think 38 or 39 at one point, so handled the Wizards really easily.
They played really good defense to go up against this Mavericks team, though the third quarter.
It was not just that they couldn't stop the Mavericks offense, and it was not just that they couldn't score themselves.
It was that those both happened at the same time.
The third quarter was just a barrage of shot after Sean metaphorically and shot shot to the body, essentially of just wearing down the Lakers, where they could not get a stock Mavericks were scoring.
It seemed like pretty much at will, and the Lakers just could not hit anything.
I think they had, like three year, five points halfway through the thing was five points.
Halfway through the third quarter.
They just could not get clicking.
LeBron was missing shots at the rim. That's something.
Once I get into the what I am, and I'm not thankful for, I wanna detail that a little bit.
But it was a frustrating game.
Fourth quarter came around.
Lakers were down.
They started to make a few runs where they got it to within 12 or 14 but couldn't really get past that and that bold second half.
From halfway through the third quarter onward, the game was never end out.
It was the Mavericks game to win, and they took care of the Lakers.
Mavericks are a really good team.
Luca Donk itch continues to just be incredible.
You know how many countless way too many step back threes, Step back jumpers and, yeah, Mavericks really took it to the Lakers tonight today and Lakers 10 game winning streak comes to an end.
Lakers were two games away from tying the best start in franchise history.
They started 19 and two.
I believe that was back in.
09 Um, and they started 17 and two lost today.
So now they're 17 and three.
They play the Nuggets on Tuesday.
That's gonna be a really tough game.
That's in Denver.
Nuggets are the two seed right now in the West.
Lakers have a two game lead on them as it stands right now, and then they play the Jazz the next night in Utah.
Detailed this earlier.
It's Lakers bricks.
They can beat the Nuggets and the dress on back to back nights, which I do not think they're going to.
I if someone offered me, the Lakers will win one of those two games where they play back to back nights in Denver and in Utah.
I would say Great, I will take that 100% but if they can win both of those games coming up, they will really show me something that okay, even though they got killed by the Mavericks, not a great start of the season and they are really legit.
The only reason why don't look they're legit.
But are the championship favorites win another championship contenders and I say they're right there with the Clippers won two clearly, clearly the best teams in the n b A.
But because of the schedule that the Lakers have had, you can't definitively look back and say, Oh, yeah, look at the winds against all of these different, really good teams just haven't played a ton of great teams and it's not their fault.
They're just playing the schedule that's laid out in front of them.
We'll see what happens against the Nuggets in the drabs.
It's gonna be an exciting next two games, really.
They have a three game road trip Tuesday in Denver, Wednesday in Utah and then Friday in Portland.
Bronn will reunite with Carmelo on Friday, but a tough game Lakers always struggled.
Play the Blazers in Portland.
Expect another dog fight on Friday night.
So fun week coming up for the Lakers.
Hopefully a good amount of winning coming up, but at the very least we'll learn more about the team than we have so far, so giving into what I am and I'm not thankful for us, a Lakers fan.
Let's start on the good side something that I am thankful for, obviously LeBron James.
And you can guess what my next player is gonna be that I'm thankful for.
But LeBron James has been incredible so far this year.
Didn't have a great game against the Mavericks.
I said he started off well but didn't do too much in the second half.
The one thing I'm worried about, though, with LeBron James.
So we all know how great he's been.
I don't have to go over his stats.
He leads the league in assists.
He's still putting up a lot of points per game.
But the biggest thing I'm concerned about with LeBron James, even more than it's free throws because he shot tonight either today he shot better.
But over the last 10 games before today, shooting like 55% from the free throw line there was someone who had tweeted something about how every year LeBron Dangerous has a 10 game stretch at some point in the season where he just forgets out of shoot free throws and shoots down around like 50 55% so apparently that's normal.
I don't remember this happening Last year he struggled really was really poor from the free throw line the whole year last year.
So maybe that's why.
And he also got injured on Christmas, so maybe they're not timed out.
That 10 game rough stretch is just really bad free throw shooting.
But it's happened this year.
Hopefully, I'm going to say OK, that's his 10 game strap.
She got it out of the way early.
Now rest of the year.
Let's just hope for smooth sailing.
I'll take 74 75%.
I would like to see 75% ball go down to 74% give a little bit just to make me happy.
So please, LeBron shoot at least 74% from the free throw line for this year.
That's all I'm asking for.
It's not that difficult to do, but the thing that I am most concerned about with LeBron James is his finishing ability, his field goal percentage from around the rim.
I think it's around like 68 or 69% or at least it was before.
I think this was before Friday's game, so it might have dipped or gone up a little bit.
Although today LeBron was not finishing around the rim and 68%.
That sounds great for most players.
That's really good.
But for LeBron James, who for his career I think is around 75% or so around the rim finishing wise, it's not good.
Last year he was, I think, a 74% 73 or 74%.
And this year to be down at 68 69%.
He's taken a noticeable dip and that's 73 74%.
Last year was a big dip from his year before in Cleveland, his last year in Cleveland, where I believe he was around 77 or 78% and back when he was in Miami.
That was up around like 78 79%.
So to go from there were looked LeBron James isn't gonna finish the same way that he used to when he was in Miami.
That was when he was at its peak.
He was more athletic than he is now, even though he's still very athletic.
But it's concerning not that looked 68 69% from around the rim is still pretty good, but for LeBron James and what makes him so great is his ability to get to the rim and finish.
It's something to worry about because that's something where you see as players start, get older and as they start to age, that's one thing that dips.
Is there finishing ability around the rim? That's kind of one of the bigger indicators in terms of OK, our players starting get slip and LeBron James physically could be slipping.
There's no doubt that he is not the same.
Still one of the best athletes in the N B A.
On and on most nights, he is the best athlete on the court, unless you want to argue that his team mate, Anthony Davis is better athlete.
But, yeah, LeBron is still a scary athlete.
I also think, though his finishing going down there might also be because it's free throw percentage is down.
He's probably not.
He's not seeking out contact like he usually would be, because I just think it's a mental thing.
He doesn't want to try to get to the free throw line because he is worried, okay, and then it missed these free throws once I get there, so hopefully that's the explanation for it. but we'll see.
But overall, I am so, so thankful.
LeBron James is on the Lakers, and he has had such a great year so far.
It's been so fun to watch him go on his hashtag revenge season and prove that he's not a hash tag washed king.
So it's been really fun.
We'll see what happens with record, but a little bit a few days past Thanksgiving.
Definitely thankful for LeBron, also extremely thankful for Anthony Davis.
Every single game there is at least two or three plays that you just your jaw drops.
You're like, Oh, my God, that you really just do that.
And today against the Mavericks, there was an alley oop LeBron through to Anthony Davis, where Luca dunk it.
And I think it is deal on, right or both.
Guarding the lobby where Davis spun Look for the lob and I thought LeBron through it too high.
First I thought, Oh, there's two players right there.
Davis isn't gonna be able to get this, but LeBron threw it high enough to where don kitsch and along right could not get it.
But I thought there's no way Davis is getting this.
He reached up with one arm, grabbed it at probably around 12 feet, at least in the air, and came down dunked.
It let out a big roar.
It's offensively and defensively.
Anthony Davis is so special, and it's so fun to watch him on that side of the court.
There has never been a player, at least in my lifetime, that I can remember seeing and granted them only 24.
But I have watched highlights of other players from before I was born.
So there's been no player that I have seen who can make the type of place that Anthony Davis can.
And he is so special on the defensive defensive side of the ball.
It's just so fun to watch him there, the ground that he can cover at the size that he is and be able to protect the rim the way that he does.
There is nobody else in the N B A that has a combination of lateral quickness, ability to make up ground when a smaller player is beating them off the dribble and then still be able to protect the rim.
No one has that combination the way that Anthony Davis does.
Anthony Davis, also his free throw shooting I have been so happy with.
He was at 87% before the game today against the Mavericks.
I believe he made all of his free throws, so it's probably up to around 88% that that's really good, really it for anyone, much less a seven footer who is a power forward slash center.
So, yeah, I'm really happy with that.
I just wish that anything Davis would try to seek out contact a little more, and I think part of that is just his shoulder injury, shoulder soreness, whatever you wanna call it.
He's been dealing with this whole year.
He hasn't been too aggressive.
His aggressiveness is picked up a little bit, but kind of dipped after his 29 or 27 free throw game against the Memphis Grizzlies a few weeks ago.
So I'm hoping he gets back to being more aggressive and looking to go to the line more because he feasts at the line and he shoots really well from the free throw line.
So I'm hoping he continues to do that.
One thing that I would like to see Anthony Davis continue to work on is two things.
Actually, one is his effort level, and not in the way that most people would say, because most people, when you talk about effort level, it's How do you make someone give more effort with Anthony Davis? It's literally Can you please not go 100% every second that you're on the court? Because there are some places where if the Lakers are up by 10 with two minutes left, we don't need to dance diving on the floor? Anthony Davis.
We don't need you selling out for a loose ball.
We don't need you taking a charge against a seven footer barreling down the lane when Lakers are up by 10 with two minutes left, three minutes left way really don't need that too much at all.
Just because I just don't want you to get hurt.
You deal with so many nagging injuries, and it's just so scary.
Please, just don't injure yourself.
So I'm I'm happy that when I talk about his effort level, it's gauging it down a little bit, bringing it down instead of having to ramp it up.
But still, please, Anthony Davis just be smart with stuff.
Realize you don't have to go 100% 100% of the time, and I will be happy.
The other thing is just shot selection.
There's just too many times, and Anthony Davis could easily get a lay up or a much easier, higher percentage.
Look the way jumpers and too many shots where he's jumping off of one foot, not really unbalanced, just tryingto rush stuff.
And I just like to see him work on that a little bit and not take his many of those shots because he can get to the rim whenever he wants.
There is no player that is matched up on Anthony Davis.
That is a perfect cover for him.
He's either going to be quicker and faster than any of the big men that are guarding him or if you switch a smaller player onto him.
Okay, maybe you can't beat the smaller play off the dribble.
We can punish him from the block, and also I'm on this point not just the shot selection, but also the timing in which he makes his move.
So he grabs a ball.
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But Anthony Davis, they're way too many times where he catches the ball on the low block and waits for the defense to set.
Waits to see if they're bringing a second defender over to do either a soft double or hard double.
If everyone staying home when he catches the ball, whether he's backing them down or especially if he's facing up and he can see the entire court make a move right away, don't let the defense get set.
That's That's probably these are all things that I'd like to say Anthony Davis trained, but I just think that he can get so many more easy baskets.
If he doesn't wait for the defense to get set to garden, attack them right away.
Don't let them get set.
You'll get more easy buckets and will probably get the free throw line more to because they won't have that backside help and players are gonna be more likely to foul him.
So that's something else.
I'd like to see Anthony Davis change, so that's all for Anthony Davis.
Frank Pogo is on part of my thankful for list, which before the year started, I did not think that I would be saying that bringing Vogel has He has been such a better coach than I thought he would be.
Now we're only, what, 20 games in the season.
So about 1/4 way into the season, actually.
So for Frank Vogel to be doing as good of a job as he has happy with it.
The few Grimes I have is just a few matchups, but just on select games where I hoped he would have learned from it played KCP against Hawaii Leonard, and that was in the first game of the season.
I really hope Frank Vogel learned from that, because KCP has no business ever guarding Kawai Leonard.
And other than that, I mean some substitution things.
Rajon Rondo, who goes into my stuff that needs the change.
Why are you playing him as much as you are the Lakers defense? It's not a coincidence that their defensive efficiency, when rage on Rhonda was out there, the most efficient defensive team in the N B A.
Yes, their strength of schedule, their soft ish softer schedule to start the year had something to do with the two, but regime Rondeau plays no defense at all.
He was matched up on Luca dunk it for a few plays today, and he had no business guarding Luca.
He doesn't want to play defense.
He's out there to try to play offense.
And another thing is just I don't really like Rondo out there with LeBron James.
If you have to play Rondo, please limit it when LeBron James is not on the court.
I keep talking about this and sorry to beat a dead horse, but it's fruit.
LeBron James is most effective with the ball in his hands raised on Rondo.
If you have to play him is most effective with the ball in his hands.
If you both have him on the court at the same time, why would you have Rondo with the ball instead of LeBron James when he is such a bigger threat? Offense it offensively in every facet, and if Rondo isn't playing on ball and you're trying to have him work off the ball, that doesn't work.
He cannot do that.
That is not the type of player that he is.
You've done a tremendous job coaching the Lakers to this point through the 1st 20 games.
But I would really like to see Rondo's minutes go down quite a bit, if not just be gone entirely.
Other than that, I mean, the only other thing that I'm that I'm thankful for it.
And I also am not thankful for it.
Is the Lakers scheduled through the 1st 20 games of the season, So reason why I'm thankful for it is obviously the Lakers got off to a 17 and three start of the year, which, look, people are gonna talk about how well it's their strength of schedule.
That's the reason why they're 17 and three.
Yeah, that's part of it.
But Lakers are a really good team.
You don't get to be 17 and three, regardless of how bad your schedule is if you're not a really good team.
We saw the Clippers play against the Spurs in San Antonio and lose by 10 1 of seven and 97 to a team that I believe right now.
Actually, now I think they're six and 14.
There were six and 13 after they beat the Clippers, which I believe was on Friday night Lakers beaten the Spurs twice this year in San Antonio.
Are the Spurs a good team this year? No, They sold Gregg Popovich and their team that Popovich always gives the Lakers issues with.
It's not just that, though.
It's also the ability to not have any.
But just and win a lot of games and come back.
And that's something that you need to be really talented, to be able to do that, not slip in any.
The three losses that the Lakers have had this year have all been against really good teams opening night against the Clippers.
Clippers, I would argue, are right there with the Lakers as the best team in the league.
Raptor Lakers lost to them at home in L.
But Raptors are one of the best teams in the East right now, and I know they didn't have Kyle Lowry, but there's still a really good team.
And then they lost this game against the Mavericks tonight, where Lakers were due for a loss.
They have been flirting with too many close calls against bad teams.
Now they finally go up against a good team.
You could somewhat see it coming.
I know I said Lakers, we're gonna win earlier but I would not have been very confident betting on them.
I did not bet on them.
So the schedule for the first month, month and 1/2 of the season, where the Lakers got off to a 17 and three start.
I am very happy that they got off that 17 and three start.
There's a stat that I believe it's like 90 or 95% of all playoff teams in the NBA history each year, averaging it out 1995% of the teams that make the playoffs at the end of each season are in the top eight of their conference.
After the first.
I think 10 games of the year, you get off to a really good start.
You keep that momentum rolling, you get off to a bad start.
It's really hard to overcome the hole that you dig for yourself.
And so, yeah, I'm really happy Lakers or 17 and three, the first place in the West.
I believe they are tied or the box or have 1/2 game lead on the Bucks for best record in the n B A.
But on the flip side.
The reason why I kind of wish the Lakers not why I'm not thankful.
So I'm thankful and not April.
But why? I'm not thankful for the Lakers scheduled through the 1st 20 games, just the bad habits that they've started.
And I really hope that this game against the Mavericks was kind of a slap in the face to where they were like, Oh, shoot, no, we can't do that because there were way too many games this year already.
Even that over the course of the Lakers 10 game winning streak, where I think over there 10 games, they didn't play one game.
That was one team that was above 500.
So yes, they had a soft schedule over those 10 games, and they've had a pretty soft schedule that started the year.
But just the habits that they've created with getting out too slow starts, I believe, and I think it was seven of the seven or eight of the 10 games that they ended up winning on this 10 game winning streak.
They were down by at least 10 points at some point in the game, so they've learned howto crawl out of holes and that's good. That's a positive.
But also these teams that they were playing, they should have just stepped on the gas and it shouldn't have even been close and they had too many close calls where it came out flat.
There were kind of playing with their food in a sense, and it's coming back to bite them right now because I think right now they're in a mentality of We don't need to give everything that we have.
When they do on most nights they do.
And yes, I want LeBron James saving himself for the playoffs.
But I still think that just the team as a whole are not trying to single out LeBron James because his effort level has been tremendous to start this year.
But the team as a whole needs to bring more energy, more effort each game and if they don't they're going to have a really rough December because in December, 10 of their 14 games this month are against teams over 500 so it's gonna be a wake up call one way or another.
Either the Lakers are going to wake up and are going to start playing with more energy to start each game or they're not.
They're going to get absolutely destroyed, and eventually they will work their way out of it and realize okay, need to the boat more energy.
So that's all I have.
That is what I am, and I'm not thankful for as a Laker fan Overall, obviously very thankful to be a Laker fan.
But when they're 17 and three to start the year, a little bit more to be thankful for.
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