The Los Angeles Lakers finally returned to our televisions in a scrimmage against the Dallas Mavericks.
Let’s all take in a deep breath. Basketball. Is. Back.
The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Dallas Mavericks in the team’s first scrimmage of the Orlando bubble on Thursday. The two teams gave us 40 minutes of entertaining basketball, with the Mavericks emerging victorious, 108-104.
The results to this game do ont matter as both teams were not even playing their main rotations for the entirety of the game. What did matter is the takeaways from the game that give us our first peek into how the Los Angeles Lakers may perform in the Orlando bubble.
Here are our three biggest takeaways from the action.
1. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have not missed a beat
LeBron James and Anthony Davis both only played the first half of the scrimmage and the score showed as the Lakers entered the second half with a 55-44 victory. The main reason why the Lakers entered the second half with a double-digit lead was the play of their superstar duo.
LeBron and AD did not miss a beat, at all. LeBron started the scrimmage with a beautiful drive and dump to JaVale McGee and ended the first half with a ferocious fastbreak dunk. Davis was solid on both ends of the floor and shot the ball fairly well from mid-range and from three.
LeBron had 12 points on 4/6 shooting with five assists and three rebounds. Davis made five of his seven attempts, was one from three from beyond the arc, and added two steals to his 12 points.
There should not have been that much of a question of whether or not LeBron and AD would be up to speed, but they absolutely were. Now, what about the rest of the team?