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And we got the win, man.
Ah, that is my That is my current how I feel.
Uh, I had a feeling, you know, I know a lot of people were watching this game or walked into this game.
Figure all Okay, No mantra as and no Lou Williams.
So this should be an easy win for the Lakers? No, that it almost never works out that way.
I've never watched a basketball game outside of like an entire lineup being knocked out and like the team just folds the game, So I've never seen that happen.
I had no reason to believe that.
Ah ah, What's it called Doc Rivers or the Clippers are just going to roll over and stuff like that.
Ah, those two guys Air six Man of the Year candidates.
But they still have Paul George and Coil entered, and Reggie Jackson was a starter and pop Beverly.
He was originally question. Nobody played that joking.
Noah Jubak was back.
They had pretty much all their roster of mind.
It's like obviously their two main bench scores.
Um, so I'm not surprised.
It was a tight one.
Ah, but I'm glad the Lakers won the game because now I don't have to see any more tweets about the Lakers being one into against the Clippers.
They're too into.
Um, But I will say I saw some things today from the Lakers defense that I did not expect to see.
And you know what I'm talking about.
I'm talking about Kyle Cosmas defense.
Today was extraordinary.
I have not seen him play defense like that.
I want to say like it never like and it seemed like he had all the tools, but his brain, like didn't match what his body was supposed to be doing.
And today he was sensational.
Collide loves to use, like an array of head fakes, pump fakes, jab figs, all kinds of different stuff and then at the at the very worst He'll, like, run into a guy and then, you know, just kind of flop around to draw.
He was doing that like in the first quarter.
But they put they put Guzman an island against collide today, like the Lakers.
All right, you're doing this, like, on your own.
And he was fantastic today.
He was on island against Kawai.
He was on an island against Paul. George.
He was I don't even know like I have to Like, we watched the game and process how good his defense was and it and he and he was making shots. He was scoring.
And so, like, um, there was a stretch, I would say.
I mean, when they when they went down, like, 14 1 in that third quarter, they I think the Clippers, they built, like, 11 point lead.
I was just like, this is like a moment where I think the Lakers could fold like we see in games where, like, teams go on like this big run.
And then the Lakers just completely folded.
Start arguing with refs the entire time.
And surprisingly, um, Vogel pulled LeBron like his normal schedule.
And I was like, Oh, my only crap.
If you see a pull, Brian, what's gonna happen but 80 plus Dion Waiters plus cosmopolis, Caruso plus KCP or whoever he put out there, they battled all the way back and cut the lead to one.
Or is that the deficit to one? And, you know, obviously, LeBron brought his home at the end, But, um, this game was all sorts of weird.
But what was your thoughts? I mean, I had my entire timeline was just filled with people just both.
I mean, I don't follow Clippers fans, but I could see like, people retweeting clever fence.
Ah, or just anti Laker Anti Braun fans just saying like the refs were like, completely effing this came up with the way that they were calling files.
Well, what do you What do you think about that? So I unplugged from social media for this game.
Like I sat my phone down and I didn't I didn't join in with the Lakers Twitter, but, um, one thing that jumped out at me was the game was slow, like it felt slow like it was ragging versus the scrimmages.
And some of that was because of the calls from the refs.
It was It was like they weren't letting him play a bit.
The Lakers jumped on the Clippers early on, and I was like, All right, you know, let's let's see where this goes and they basically had their way with them early, So I got in foul trouble.
Um, but I expected the Clippers to put up a fight.
And, LeBron, he had a good night.
But LeBron didn't look like LeBron from most of this game.
And so I would just kind of like, All right, what's going on with him, like, did you? Did you think he looked like regular season LeBron, the one that was like chillin for the first, like first half for the 1st 3/4 of a game? Because he's done that this regular season. Especially.
He's had games where he, like, almost takes no shots.
That you take really minimal shots, maybe here and there on, you know, like on he's running the fast break dancing poker something.
But he's had games like it, at least our first half.
For sure, I was like, he's not even trying to score.
What? Think that's 80 Had it going.
So I mean, I know he was letting 80 do its thing, and it just felt like All right, what's going on now? He did mention that in the post game, he changed the shoes because he was having a bad, you know, something with shoes wasn't right.
So he switched his shoes around.
Yeah, but he didn't have a typical LeBron game.
Um, but when they went down, like, 11 I was like, All right, this is going to get away from them.
Like I've seen them this season.
I mean, they've been phenomenal.
Yeah, but there's been a couple of games where when they went down, they didn't respond well, especially against, like, the good teams.
And all I wanted to see them do was fight back and they fall back.
And, yeah, Kuzma, he's a plus 12.
The night 16 points.
You know, waiters way are like a steam.
Hey, man, you give you name something they really need? Yes.
We are all waiters.
I don't know how else to explain.
I saw him take to lay ups.
One of them was over Two guys the guy that was guarding him in a pick and roll play.
And then whoever the rim defender was that, I think, is your Michael Green or something came over to help.
And he made both of those layups.
And then he had another live where he went straight up on a rim defender, like, used his whole body to kind of move the guy back and then uses offhand to finish late.
And I was just like, Oh, my God, like we're like, we should have had this all season.
Heart never won that one drive he had where he was going to the basket.
He he spun on Jubak and he got the ball above quiet, stretched on time it.
Yeah, I was like, This is what the Lakers need it all year long.
Like, I mean, they were already good.
Yeah, but this is this is this is what Rondo can't do.
This is what Rondo couldn't do in his prime.
Waiters just has an ability that the man can score.
This is what he does.
He was a plus 17 tonight.
Like if the highest plus minus, I think.
Yeah, like I'm looking.
I'm looking at the box score the Lakers got.
Look, they got six points out of JAVALE.
Ah, Danny and KCP.
I mean, without Koosman waiters giving them that boost.
We don't win this game.
Yeah, I mean, you know, I mean, they would have needed LeBron to go for 30 and he clearly didn't tonight.
So yeah, every waiter's look.
I don't know what happened in Miami, but waiters complaint.
He's 28 years old.
Yeah, and he can play, man.
So you know those who the worst You may have been able to guess just by watching, But who had the worst plus minus for the Lakers today? Any idea? LeBron no Danny Green.
Green was minus 17 for the Lakers in 25 minutes.
And I think there was a few astute Laker fans on, um who were watching the game that were noticing that when Danny Green was on Paul George Paul George was roasting Danny Green.
I know he couldn't green.
I don't know what he's He's had issues, had that issue, and I'm not saying I just bring this up just for the folks who are watching this this year.
Like at certain spots, I don't know if it's certain certain types of ball handlers or if it's just maybe just happens in stretches.
He's had some trouble keeping guys in front of him, and I don't know if it's because great Paul George is a really good about these, like an elite.
But I am afraid so.
I would expect that to happen.
But, um, you know, when coups is on Paul George, just because he was active in siding his feet and just trying to stay in front of him, keep George in front of him who was working.
But Danny was doing this thing where he just plant his feet and just kind of turned his hips and he was given a birth him.
So a couple of the shots that, like Paul George, was making like the Layup.
I think that he sidestepped 80 because they didn't want to draw 1/5 file or six follow whatever, like a couple of those kind of plays like Danny made it too easy for him to get.
Get down the lane.
Um, so I mean the reason why why mentioning that is, if Danny Green is the guy who's minus 17 I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing.
Normally, if I just get if I told you if you didn't watch a game, I sell.
Dude, Danny Green was the worst on the Lakers using my 17.
You think to yourself.
Ah, the Lakers probably got blown out by, like, 30 or something like that.
But the fact that he was minus 17 I think travel is the only other guy, Uh, was that, you know, for Yeah, James Despise four minus four David Spy story.
Some of those numbers when it's like single digit plus minus is you can kind of ignore it cause it gets skewed by, like, the end of the games.
Like the Lakers dropped 10 and they're just kind of running the clock in the last minute.
Their plus minus is may look kind of bad at times and stuff like that, but, um, to get back to what we were talking about, I think you're absolutely right.
LeBron had 16 16 points, that's it.
And on 19 shots, Yeah, six for 19.
Yeah, and I mean a David stand shoot like, Amazing.
He still shot pretty well.
Eight for eight from 19 but he drew.
He was at the line 17 times tonight.
That's That's massive.
Um, and for sure, like it honestly felt as though the minutes that Braun was off the court and the Lakers had, you know, had to run against the the opposing team.
They were just, you know, cutting into the lead or extending the lead itself.
So anti Davis was phenomenal compared to that First.
Ah, I want to like me of the 1st 2 games where they were doing that isolation with Anthony Davis and everybody's like, Yeah, this is not gonna work.
We can't just keep posting him up.
That's completely been flipped on its head because now he's just scoring.
Every single time they tried, so many guys tried Jubak.
They tried Noah.
They tried to Michael Green.
Eventually, they were just like, all right, we have to send three guys out of like there's no other choice.
That's the only way that they were stopping something like two or three guys up.
He's a mean Clippers have nobody for Anthony Davis now, Nobody, nobody Lebron is LeBron, but they they can throw Kawai and Paul George that LeBron.
I mean, that's that's going to disrupt even LeBron to some degree because they're quien Paul George.
But where That thing Davis, they have nobody for him.
And you saw that tonight.
I mean, he was just doing whatever you wanted.
That's just that's ridiculous.
Broadhead to brought only had and I was also another surprise.
I was just like, Wow, but I mean, granted, he wasn't really was it attacking your heart, uh, attacking the rim very hard today.
But, um, you know, it's it's I'm like I said, you get those ugly winds itself I got now I wouldn't count on.
Um I never count on a, uh, Kaleigh and Paul George led team to, like, kind of fold like that.
That's just not how they play.
Ah, but one thing I will say, because I'm I'm sure a lot of folks are gonna be saying, Well, then am Entrees and Lou, maybe you know the games completely different.
Uh, no offense to mantra as and Lou, but they are definitely the worst.
Bonn tries is the worst brim defender on that team, probably outside, like Jermichael Green.
Like something Patrick power since in small boats center, he's definitely a worst offender than Zoo Bach and probably worse, defended in the Noah and Louis by far their worst wing defender.
But they're great offensive players for sure.
Yep, but there is a yin and yang to that sort of thing.
So for all the folks that were saying like, Well, if you don't play Lou than you know, LeBron can't pick on anybody Well, you picked on you, Michael Green.
So now you have to put somebody else in that spot.
And whoever you put in that spot, either Anthony Davis for LeBron is going to try and pick on him.
And, um, I'll give credit to stop the Clippers.
They did a pretty good job, kind of, uh, marking it up for LeBron.
But I think this matchup specifically, just like maybe the Houston Rockets matchup.
If if the Lakers have to blame in the playoffs and probably like the Dallas Mavericks 80 is gonna have to play the five.
The Lakers aren't like there's pretty much.
It's pretty clear that there's a very distinct difference between ah in this offense in the spacing for this offense.
When the Lakers play with Ah and the Davis at the five.
And I mean, we've known that for a while, and, you know, we're doing it to preserve eighties body.
But really, if the Clippers are going to spend, you know, the Clippers and the Rockets going to spend and the Mavericks going to spend all of their minutes playing guys like Michael Green for Zynga's Maxie Clivia Cleaver Ah, P J.
Tucker, whoever else they play, like all these small ball center guys, justice with your eighties body is gonna be fine then, like he's not gonna have to bang with those guys.
It's not like he's gonna be banging with, you know, like Yokich every every single play itself I got.
So I think the Vogel is gonna have to be really smart with some of these lineups because and, I mean, LeBron may have just had enough date like you mentioned.
Yeah, it's just something that something that I I'm seeing it.
Teams are being a little bit more deliberate with leaving guys like Dwight in jail and stuff open.
They're just all the guys you're sucking into the paint.
And so, you know, um, it was a game of runs, man, but I'm not gonna say I wasn't stressed out.
I definitely want to start off the season with the wind.
I'm glad they did.
Um, and I saw some really, really great effort.
Um, by the Lakers defense.
I think that's like the M V p of the game.
The Lakers defense, um, was amazing.
Who's most defense is amazing.
Um, anti deuces defense.
Uh, I don't know if you noticed, but in the fourth quarter, they straight up just but Anthony Davis and Paul George for certain sets.
And, um, they're like, All right, whatever set you run for Paul George, if he's in screen or if he's the guy who comes, gets the ball, we're gonna have either anti Davis for LeBron guarding your guys.
So, um, I thought that was I thought that was awesome.
And, um, yeah, I mean, LeBron put the icing on the cake.
Um, I got a little worried when he shorted that floater.
And then But, you know, you mentioned a second, but he but he took a call.
I want him in isolation, broad and fall for any of the fakes.
Quite passes out of it.
Braun switches on to Paul.
George doesn't bite on any fakes, forces George into a really bad jumper.
And that's pretty much the theme of the game.
LeBron, even though he played, um, lesser than his offensive talent, obviously is.
He was amazing on defense.
He was taking any challenge.
You throughout him, he was gonna guarded.
And I expect that out of hand.
Especially with the playoffs coming up.
Yeah, so it was Ah.
You know, I'm glad that the Lakers responded to some of that.
Ah, defensive punch.
You in the mouth, adversity that the Clippers because the Clippers came out.
I mean, they came out there like, Look, we may not have the offense, but we have the defense, so we're gonna try and try and beat you on the defensive end.
So, uh, Lakers Lakers prevail.
We got our 50th win, our 50th win.
If anything, you know, I wanted them to win for psychological reasons, coming out of this long layoff, you know, that you wanted to against the Clippers, wanted them to even it up.
Um, but what I also realized just personally was how stressed out I got watching this game when we were down, and when it was close.
You know, we we before this season, we've been bad for a long time.
So, you know, the games didn't really matter.
But this season they matter again.
And then we've had this layoff and some I was laying back watching this game, and I'm like, I'm actually stressed out like I had to mute the TV.
I couldn't Yes, I wouldn't.
Looking at my phone and I'm I'm genuinely stressed out.
Um, what did you think about Vogel? Starting KCP.
I thought that was good.
Um, so K c p You know, one of the things that I wrote about, um is that KCP isn't the obviously he isn't The, um, defender on the wings that Avery Bradley is.
Avery Bradley clearly is our best, like cut.
You cut your lanes off wing window vendors if I got decides.
But, um, some of the stuff that he was doing when he was catching the ball, I want to say his 1st 2 makes one was off of I wanted.
I can't remember if it was a d h o.
If it is a dribble handoff action or if it was on it on a catch and he had the option to catch and shoot it on a guy closing out hard.
But he went based on that. He made a layup.
Um, any drew a foul? I think Marcus Morris or something like that.
And then another one I saw was, um where I think Pat Bev close out really hard and like kcbt, even he knew that the guy was gonna close out on him hard and didn't even like a kind of half baked and just went right right to the rim.
And, um, I'm actually happy with that, because the way I see it, he's gonna end up being assigned on.
So the Clippers didn't hunt him out.
Ah, that's the other thing.
They weren't actively trying to look at Cohen.
Put Kawai and get him matchup on KCP because the because the way that you see it is if you're going out of your way from the very beginning of the game toe to pick on one specific player, um, you're kind of getting out of your game plan now.
All the rest of the guys that are there just watching co.
I tried dio to, you know, try to chase somebody or Paul George Chase somebody.
So kcp being in the starting lineup is fine because you could put him on Pat Beverly o r Whoever is that, you know, the other apology or the Reggie Jackson, Whoever they ended up starting, you can put him on there and none of that.
None of those guys are gonna, you know, blast by KCP like that, right? He could still come and help get his hands on, you know, any any loose balls.
And, uh, I think he got called for a foul for blowing up Ah, lob that went to Jubak, which looked like it was a really, really good deflection.
But, you know, they called it, but like, he can do stuff like that because Reggie Jackson and and Patrick Beverley aren't it's not that they're not the threats to make those shots.
Paul, George and quiet.
They don't look for their teammates like that.
Uh, and and one of the things that I think like offends probably one of the things I appreciate about LeBron James.
Which is why I mean, aside from me being like a friend, even if it wasn't Laker fan, I would pick the Lakers over the Clippers because LeBron does a better job of getting his guys involved than Kawai and Paul George does.
And so Casey being a starting lineup, it's fine.
He had a whole body, that a couple of layups.
He was good for the most part.
I would say I didn't see.
I don't remember too many times where Casey had to do anything amazing on defense, But he did his job.
He ran his lanes, he made passes.
I thought he did great, and so I'm okay with that.
I expect Vogel to run that lineup kind of moving forward.
The one thing I do know is that KCP tends to the data shows that KCP plays better with Dwight for some reason, because I think him and Dwight have like this synergy when it comes to the the dribble handoff that he turns into either a pull up jumper or or a lob for a dunk, he doesn't necessarily have that with JaVale.
Um and travel was good at the beginning and then he got really bad.
Ah, I want to say like in the second quarter and then the same thing for him as well as Dwight there.
I just think the Clippers aren't a good matchup for the because the Clippers do a very, very good job of foul baiting and Dwight in JaVale get hammered for that.
Dwight can't even Duden can't even do basic screens without getting called for fouls against the Clippers.
And if you look at the other three games that the Lakers have played against Clippers, um, Dwight's been in foul trouble in all.
Like whether he's going for rebounds, whether you're setting screens, Um, for some reason, the refs just don't like right when he plays the Clippers.
Everybody else, for some reason, they're okay with it.
Maybe it's just his brand of physicality.
Um, you know, Doc Rivers teams historically are very, very good at foul beating.
We all know Chris Paul, Blake Griffin.
We all know J D heretic like didn't they weren't like that all the time.
Um, it's it's I like to joke around and say it's in Doc Rivers DNA.
All that complaining He does with the refs.
It infects his roster.
Um, and he encouraged that encourages them to sell the contact.
We saw that with Collide today.
I saw a couple times require was trying to run into guys and draw fouls and the rest for like, Oh, I don't know what you're doing. You got called for a travel.
I think I one of them, Ah, where he ran into Danny Green And then, like, hoping to get the foul, and he didn't get it, and then he passed it.
But he had already step, so they call the travel on him.
So stuff like that happens a lot.
So, um, I'm I'm good.
I'm happy with that KCP roster.
The only thing I would say just Frank Vogel wise, I'd be a little concerned about, um is using that big man.
Technically, it's still regular season, so I understand why he's doing it.
I think LeBron and Paul George only started LeBron LeBron and a d.
Yeah, exactly what I tweeted before the game.
I wouldn't be surprised if Frank Vogel, um or the Lakers staff doesn't play Anthony Davis LeBron more than their regular minutes.
LeBron played 34 minutes today, an anti days weighed 35.
That's exactly what they've been averaging all regular season.
So the ramp up minutes may not happen.
That and Laker fans should expect them to play 40 minutes again, um, in the playoffs.
And so and they get, like, two minute breaks here and there.
Um, 39 to 40 minutes.
I would expect that ramp up to happen.
Maybe Game seven, game eight.
Um or maybe not.
Even the total playoffs start.
Ah, and that's if they need to play those kind of minutes, depending on what trips are and the effectiveness.
So, um, I'm cool with KCP and in the starting lineup. I like that.
I was a little worried about Danny Green's defense, but, you know, it is what it is.
The Lakers kind of mucked out a win.
Um, and they're not all gonna be pretty men like that.
That's just the way it goes.
Like sometimes the Lakers will play great defense and guys will just make their shots.
Um, I think John Michael Green hit two threes on Caruso, which were contested.
It was like a lady test medium. Yep.
And I was just saying that I was just like do The Lakers were gonna lose this game like they're gonna lose this game because they're just allowing these guys just to step into the shots and And I think in the corner, Patrick Beverley ended up hitting a 33 corner on the lake close out by Caruso.
It's just, like all right.
Like, I get that these guys aren't shooters like in the great, treated in the traditional sense.
But these are, like the kind of things that are annoying.
And so I'm sure that re Vogel clean all that kind of stuff up in Laker staff.
But I'm happy with Pope.
Um, I'm just Cooper has been getting a lot of heat, you know? Ah, for a while.
And, you know, he got a lot of heat for that.
Orlando's not The Orlando was the first criminal that we had.
Dallas of Dallas.
Yeah. Yeah, a lot of heat for that Dallas scrimmage.
And he rebounded in Orlando.
This was a game that I was very curious to see how Koosman would get deployed.
Um, they didn't play Markieff Morris very much at all. Really.
I wonder if they're gonna ramp up his minutes, but, um, there's something there.
Uh, Who's more on that perimeter? Man, I I don't know how else to say like, Guzman, that perimeter on the wings.
I had guessed along a while back that, um maybe my theory was that the break gave Cozma's feet a chance to heal his ankle or whatever it was.
You look good, man.
He was moving his feet.
He looked a little scared at times.
He's just kind of like, uh I'm gonna move this move that way, like the football drill.
But it was good in the sense that, like he was active and Ah, I'm just happy.
I'm happy he played well.
I'm happy that waiters has played well.
Waiters is five for 10.
Get medical is great.
I mean, they it was way closer than I thought I would have liked it to be, but they put went out and that's good.
And they extended their their lead over the Clippers.
Teoh. Six games.
Now the Clippers, I believe, half a game above ah o r.
You have a game above Denver, but it three c they have to watch out for that because the Rockets are in the 16 and I think the Rockets might be a really bad matchup for the Clippers in the playoffs.
Yeah, they were saying, Yeah, because, I mean, they love playing.
Ah, they love playing a faster pace of a game.
They will month that they will punt the twos for the threes.
And so the rockets don't mind that at all.
There are an interesting team, but you know, they're all hinges on how Well, uh colli China.
Uh, how well, hard and West Replay.
The Lakers shot 39% from the field.
They shot 30% from three.
The Clippers shot 43% from the field, so a little bit better not that much better, but better.
But they shot 44% from the 3 16 for 36.
It's pretty safe to say that the their their three point shooting the Clippers three point shooting is what kept them in the game.
Oh, um, if they don't hit ah, 44% clip at threes because I think that the free throws ah Lakers were plus nine on free throws, but they only made plus seven.
So you have that number there.
But if they don't hit a lot of those threes, Jermichael doesn't hit those two threes.
Uh, Patrick Beverley put up 12 points.
That's very uncharacteristic.
He doesn't really score that much against the Lakers like some of their bench guys.
Uncharacteristically, which makes sense because there's no Louis Montrose.
So I had to do it by committee.
Um, if you don't get those contributions from them Ah, you could have been a Laker blow up because that defense, the Lakers defense did pretty well, um, outside of, you know, that second quarter two halfway through the third quarter stretch where they just couldn't make anything.
But it was a good game overall.
Was there? It was there something that you were surprised to see for me, it was mainly That was bad, I guess.
Did you see anything that you're like? Oh, I don't know if this is gonna work.
Ah, if you're not into these guys.
I mean, and I wasn't really even looking for anything in this first game.
Except for Were they going to be competitive? That was it, right? Like where they competitive and they were.
And so there was nothing where they were bad at it.
It No, nothing really jumped out at me.
Um, I would have liked to see maybe Caruso start over KCP.
Yeah, at the way the Clippers operate.
They like the pressure double.
I like to see more about an extra ball handler with LeBron.
PCP is not a ball handler at all.
Neither is Danny Green.
Yeah, but other than that, no, I This was this game went the way that I kind of anticipated that it would.
So no, that's good.
It's Ah, this is another game.
So I was like watching it on the other end.
And like I'm looking at the box score cause I usually don't pay attention in the box score until the end of the game, cause I don't try to get distracted by any data trends that I'm seeing.
Um, but they played Marcus Morris 18 minutes, It four shot attempts, missed all of them.
That means that the last two games that he's played here, I don't think he's made a single shot.
Yeah, and, um, I don't know if that's going to change for them.
I don't like one of because one of the things that I think as Laker fans we were watching were kind of concerned that now they have, like, 1/3 guy was kind of a two way guy.
But you can't be a two way guy if you never touched the ball.
And I think, um, one of the things that I one of the things that you know well, I smart with the basketball fans on Twitter I've been talking about.
This is something that I actually talked about a while back, which I got a lot of flak for, which I'm kind of happy through four games.
I'm actually seeing it happen.
Um, when Paul, George and Kwai both originally were rumored, you know, said to be with the Clippers, everybody's like, Oh, you know, they're gonna be great Defensively.
I was like, Yeah, they're gonna be great defensively.
Um, but, you know, like they fit like a glove.
Jackie MacMullan famously went on Ah, the jump.
And she said, Paul, George, and quite fit with each other.
They integrate so easily.
Um, in theory, that's true.
But in reality, when you watch those to play, they don't play off of each other.
Right? This is not 80 setting, ah, screen for LeBron and then running a pick and roll with them, right? This is not ah, one guy.
You know, 80 out on the perimeter, spacing it out and then dropping it in the post for LeBron on a small guy off of the switch or vice versa, whatever it ends up being.
And I think one of the things that folks aren't realizing, but they may eventually realize, is that there is only one basketball.
So if Blue Kawai mantra says, let's aim on transition to dedicate screen.
If you have Luca y and Paul George, you're not running sets between each other, All right, so you're not running like you're not running, pick and roll with Kawai and Ah, Lou Williams, You're not running, Pick and roll with Paul, George and, um, Coil entered.
And one of the things that I thought was a very interesting wrinkle to see was that the Lakers came out and said, These are three best defenders Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Danny Green.
We're going to put them on your three best offensive players in the starting lineup.
So they put Danny Green on Paul George.
They put Anthony Davis.
They put Danny Green on Ah Market know that? Yeah, they put him on Paul George.
They put Anthony Davis on markets.
Morris and they put LeBron on Kawai.
And so any action that involved Marcus Morris screening to get Kwai free, or any of those guys working together toe help free each other up or get a better mismatch always ended up having one of the Lakers best defenders.
On the very beginning of the game, there was a bunch of possessions where markets Morris would go screen for, um Colli Anti Davis, who gets with Shawn McCoy.
All right, that you're going from LeBron to now Anthony Davis.
That was a problem.
And I think it tried one play where they switched.
Ah, Danny Green on the cool.
I I can't remember quite score, but I think he drew a foul or so My God, Um, but I thought that was an interesting strategy on Lee because my theory has been that Vogel knows who's actually good at what to some degree, and his goal is to mirror match everybody.
And what he's going to do is he's gonna say, alright when cries in the game.
LeBron, you're in the game when Anthony Davis is a game are sorry.
When this guys in the game here in the game that sort of thing and he's got specific dedicated assignments.
Um, I got a little worried when he was putting Ah, Pope on Colli again and quiet like two jumpers like, Oh, God, we can't do this again But I think he was just trying to buy some minutes.
And so I mean, largely worked out.
But it meant, um I think that the theme of today was probably defense.
The Lakers defense really did show up.
Um, and there's a lot of really awesome individual effort on the defensive end.
I'm the next match is against the Raptors.
They're also another hardcore defensive team.
I wouldn't be surprised if LeBron kind of takes it easy because they will try and beat him up on his drives and stuff I got because they're they're physical team, Um, and so you know, it's just Ah, it's just a matter of the Lakers, um, kind of following what Vogel said.
Vogel said that our goal is just to make it healthy and in rhythm into the playoffs.
Right? So they may be treating these eight games like, alright, once we get our three, like were you know, once we get our three wins.
Lock up the one seat.
We're good to go.
I think they'll try to win the games, but I won't be surprised if we try to see if he tries.
Teoh do more of like the, you know, let Dion waiters, you know, run the show a little bit longer and stuff like that.
But I'm happy, man.
I'm happy that Dion had it.
The Clippers are supposed to be the team that holds us back.
They're supposed to be the team.
That's the biggest, biggest like, um, you know the thing that's going to stop us from getting to the finals? Um, so I'm happy because they played their best defenders.
These the and it's credit to Doc Rivers is credit to whatever scheme that they have and the switching defense and stuff that they play.
They are a good defense.
Um, and I I honestly think that if, um blue and mantra as it played today, Lakers offense probably doesn't suffer the way.
Did ah in those LeBron minutes cause when 80 went to the bench because now I mean mantra, as in protecting the room the way that, um, you know, zoo back or Noah or whoever else they're playing was so you know, it will be interesting to see, but we we, uh even it up to to so Ah, I don't care about the technicalities were 22 That's it.
I can't do anything else about.
Ah, anything else about that? So I'm just glad I don't have to hear that anymore.
Um, And onto the next game.
And, uh, what is it? Saturday on Saturday at 9 30 That's all that matters.
I'm glad we got our first win and the restart, man.
So I know Laker fans a happy out there, I notice celebrating.
So Oh, yes, There, there.
I've been looking at it.
Uh, I mean, look at a survey there, lighting up the ah, what's it called? Their lighting up the tide line.
Right now, I think everybody is tweeting the ah, I think there's a picture of LeBron in isolation against Colli at the very end of the game that they just they're letting it loose.
Lakers voters back.
I'm saying in timeline, people were texting me.
So it's wild, man.
So we'll close out on that note anyway.
Uh, glad we got the women, but they tell everybody how they can find you.
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Ah, on Twitter at V killam.
Um, that's basically where I'm at.
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