Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Keys to beating the Dallas Mavericks

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1.) Kyle Kuzma, step it up!

Without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest disappointment so far in this Lakers season is Kyle Kuzma. His production has dropped from 18.7 PPG to just 12 PPG and he often looks out-of-place on offense. Now, not all of this is 100% on Kuzma, his role was bound to diminish a bit with AD coming in, but not to this extent.

Kuzma has been negatively effected by the simple fact that he is playing less minutes with LeBron and more minutes with Rajon Rondo. Kuzma just doesn’t have the same understanding with Rondo that he shares with LeBron.

Still though his consistency is inexcusable, he has scored less than 10 points in 11 out of his 28 games played. This is frustrating because Lakers fans know he has talent and ability, as he displayed Christmas night against the Clippers with 25 points off the bench.

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As Reported by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Kuzma will start if AD is out, and if that the case than Kuzma must bring it. He should have the goal of scoring a minimum of 18 points Friday night.