Best Player – (Tie) Marcus Landry and Chris Douglas-Roberts - It’s about time Chris Douglas-Roberts showed up for a game. CDR was very active in tonight’s win. He only shot five times — making three — but got to the line and hit five of his six free throws. To go along with his 12 points, CDR also had four assists and two rebounds. Douglas-Roberts needed to have a good game because his play in the last two games had him on the edge of getting a camp invite, so we will see if tonight saved him. As for Marcus Landry, he has consistently been one of the Lakers top players. He had 16 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocked shots. Barring any major setbacks, I think Landry has a camp invite locked up.
Biggest Surprise — Lester Hudson – Hudson is a shooter, and not much else, but tonight he showed otherwise. Hudson had 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, a blocked shot, and shot 5-8 from the floor. He can’t really create for himself, but it was nice to see him do something other then shoot for once.
Biggest Disappointment — Lazar Hayward - Hayward impressed last game with 13 points, two steals, one assist, and one rebound, but today was a different story. In 16 minutes of play, Hayward only scored four points and went 0-4 from the field. He also chipped in two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. For someone who is hoping for a camp invite, he is going to have to play well in the tournament coming up.
Overall Takeaway — Team win - This was definitely a team win; six of the ten players had eight or more points in the win tonight. Along with sharing the ball (15 assists), the Lakers also had good team defense — only allowing the Clippers to shoot 35.8 percent from the field. They also forced 16 turnovers, eight of which were steals. It’s nice to see a Lakers team play defense for once. All in all, it was a nice team win tonight for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers next game will be in the tournament, which is still to be determined.