Just as everyone expected, the same Los Angeles Lakers, who lost all of New York Nicks and Cleveland Cavaliers before they allowed the Chicago Bulls to make things interesting in their latest game, came out and beat Oklahoma City Thunder overtime. Things did not start in such a positive way. In the middle of the first quarter, Luke Walton was asked by TNT's Ali Lampords that he had injured the Lakers because at first glance they entered the double-figure gym and the answer was simple: they did not compete.
Walton brought the bench and the team began to take care of it. The Lakers returned to the game and competed with Oklahoma City, who went on Thursday night with a 1
But as usual, the Lakers could not make things easier for themselves. Since the match still ruled, Russell Westbrook went through the semi-court, and Ball made one of the worst fouls you'll see throughout the year, allowing Westbrook to go on the three-roll and draw line. He would do all three, imposing overtime. Because of course. In the sequel, however, Ball and the Lakers showed a veteran balance, committing his crime for clear looks almost every time down in the yard. Given the lack of experience on the pitch (Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac) and the team they faced, their performance was quite accurate.
Kyle Kuzma shoots the ball incredibly well from deep (even if he forces things a little elsewhere on the court), hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to 32 points. And while this was the second consecutive game, Walton went with Tyson Cendler in place of JaVale McGee in the starting lineup and Ivica Zubach climbed a great deal because the Lakers desperately needed productive minutes from the center point and a big man from the third year finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the bench.
Overall, this is one of the best games that the Lakers played this season, and certainly one of the best without LeBron James. Getting into the arena and putting 138 points against the best defense of the league are impressive. They will strive to further develop this as they head to Houston to take the rockets on Saturday. Spotify For more talks by Lakers, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast of 19659013] .