Los Angeles Lakers: 4 Lessons in the preseason win over LA Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 11: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a Lakers score during a preseason game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on December 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 11: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a Lakers score during a preseason game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on December 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Kuzma seems to want a big payday from the Los Angeles Lakers. After this performance? Why?

Kendrick Perkins was watching the game it seems and he had a cryptic tweet about Kyle Kuzma’s performance.

Now before the comment section gets hit with all of the stats Kuzma accumulated, Lake Show Life has a question? Did you watch the game? Seriously? Because Kendrick Perkins was right. Kyle Kuzma basically coasted through the game.

Sure he scored 18 points (5-16 shooting) with some big shots down the stretch in the 4th quarter. But what else did he do to impact the game. He had 2 rebounds in 38 minutes. To put this in perspective, the only player that had less rebounds was Alex Caruso and he left early because he got hurt.

It has to be irritating for Kyle Kuzma to be constantly dealing with fans dogging him or writers trying to get him traded on a daily basis. Totally understood. Lake Show Life will break down what he is dealing with with these criticism and how unfair it is next week.

But in this game, he is killing the narrative that he struggles with the stars in the lineup. This is not about shooting anymore, it’s about playing hard. He didn’t.

These two players won’t be in the headlines, but they are definitely assets to the Lakers. One for the future and one that will help immediately.

Devontae Cacok:

Devontae Cacok will not get a lot of playing time this year playing behind a front line of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Montrezl Harrell, but the man should get some. This dude plays hard and with energy every second he is on the floor.

Like Harrell, Cacok plays with so much energy and is not scared to go to the rim. Plays don’t run through him, however, he always seems to be near the action. In 25 minutes, Cacok scored 8 points (4-7 shooting!), grabbed 6 rebounds and swiped 2 steals.

Wesley Matthews: 

He’s already shown that he is an upgrade over Danny Green. This is a professional ball player that will fit in perfectly with the Lakers defensive schemes. He played the wing hard and made things difficult on the Clippers entry passes. He only scored 8 points on five shots, but his defensive intensity along with 5 rebounds will keep the Lakers Nation happy.

Next. Predicting every game of the newly-released schedule. dark

The Los Angeles Lakers run it back against the Clippers on Sunday.