Game Grades: New night, same result for Lakers vs. Clippers


20. Final. 106. 77. 78

Note: We’ll be grading the players on how well they contributed to the tank.

MVP: Standing applause for Ryan Kelly tonight, who went a staggering 3-of-17 from the field in a Kobe-esque performance. He added six fouls and two rebounds as well, a truly inspiring tanking effort.

LVP: Jordan Clarkson, who just two nights ago against the same team, had a woeful, none-factor performance where he was overwhelmed by the double teams the Clippers threw at him. Tonight, against the same team, he put up 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists and looked far more comfortable and in control on the court.

Stat of the Night: 7. As in the consecutive games the Lakers have lost to the Clippers, the largest streak in Clippers history in the rivalry. Similarly, they are winners of 11 of the last 12 meetings. While the stats may not back it up, few of those games in that stretch felt like competitive games, especially in the last two years. It’ll be nice to restore balance in the LA series in the near future.

The Starters

JEREMY LIN. A-. <strong> 24 min, 3-10 FG, 2-4 3P, 6-6 FT, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO</strong><p><strong><a href=. PG. Los Angeles Lakers

A+. <strong>37 min, 3-17 FG, 1-8 3P, 1-1 FT, 8 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO</strong><p>Kelly tried his best to do a Grayson Allen-impression, but instead looked like Sam Dekker from the national title game.</p>. PF. Los Angeles Lakers. RYAN KELLY

<strong> 36 min, 7-17 FG, 1-4 3P, 5-6 FT, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO</strong><p>Clarkson was the only reason this game was close for most of the contest. Even with his six assists, he could have easily had double digits if not for his teammate’s terrible shooting.</p>. PG. Los Angeles Lakers. JORDAN CLARKSON. F

Los Angeles Lakers. WESLEY JOHNSON. C-. <b>40</b> <strong>min, 6-12 FG, 3-5 3P, 0-0 FT, 15 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO</strong><p>5 more games of <strong><a href=. SF

D. <strong>22 min, 6-9 FG, 4-4 FT, 16 PTS, 9 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO</strong><p>With consistent playing time late in the season, <strong><a href=. C. Los Angeles Lakers. TARIK BLACK

The Bench

C. <strong>24 min, 2-5 FG, 1-3 3P, 2-4 FT, 7 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 4 TO</strong><p>If nothing else, <strong><a href=. SG. Los Angeles Lakers. JABARI BROWN

Los Angeles Lakers. DWIGHT BUYCKS. A.  <strong> 13 min, 1-4 FG, 1-1 3P, 2-2 FT, 5 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO</strong><p>Where as Brown as a revelation as a D-League call-up, <strong><a href=. PG

Los Angeles Lakers. ED DAVIS. C-. <strong>23 min, 3-4 FG, 1-4 FT, 7 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO</strong><p><strong><a href=. C

Los Angeles Lakers. ROBERT SACRE. B. <strong>22 min, 4-6 FG, 0-0 FT, 8 PTS, 6 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO</strong><p><strong><a href=. C

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