The Los Angeles Lakers ended the preseason on a good note.
The Los Angeles Lakers closed the preseason out by running it back against the Phoenix Suns. This is said tongue in cheek as the Lakers looked disinterested in anything but avoiding injury as they slipped by the Suns!
This game can be summed up in a very easy summary. They were lazy, sloppy and disinterested in every aspect of this game except for one. Lake Show Life introduces “Lake Show Life Theater”! An unofficial stage of how the staff believes a scenario goes to explain a Los Angeles Lakers game at times throughout the season.
Lake Show Life Theater:
The opening scene is in the Phoenix Suns’ visiting locker room where Frank Vogel reveals the starting lineup and game plan before the game.
Frank Vogel: Okay men! We need to finish the preseason strong by building on the good habits from the first three games. Don’t play the score, play together! Trust each other on defense and move the ball!
The Lakers players not named Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: PFFT! I’m not getting hurt.
The next scene after giving up 69 points in the locker room…
Frank Vogel: DID YOU HEAR WHAT I SAID! WHAT DID WE TALK ABOUT?!!!
LeBron James and Anthony Davis: Let’s do this!
The Lakers flip-flopped star power and sloppiness this preseason. Boy, this was the theme of their final preseason matchup against the Suns. The Los Angeles Lakers with the exception of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was basically sleeping at the wheel in the first half.
However, the stars, especially Anthony Davis, showed out in the third quarter, finishing in a 114-113 win that wrapped up an undefeated 4-0 preseason for the Lake Show.
Anthony Davis is an alien, folks. Check his birth certificate. This dude is so good, the Men In Black will be calling Adam Silver if he’s going to play like this. Anthony Davis scored 35 points in about three quarters on the strength of a career-high six 3 pointers.
He played at half speed folks! This might be the most skilled player in the NBA. Yes, Lake Show Life said it.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of the main reasons that the Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to win this game. Why? He was the only one to show up in the first half! Forget the Dennis Schroder starting discussions. He’s starting and if he does not, Frank Vogel is making a mistake.
LeBron James is good. Real good. LeBron was sniping the Suns in the first half knocking down long-distance shots seemingly from everywhere. Then when the second half started, he set the tone on both ends to allow AD to go crazy.
Sure AD and LeBron played well but they would have scored 40 apiece if they didn’t blow so many layups and free throws. AD will improve because he was getting frustrated. LeBron? Well, we all will see.
Look, the Lakers will lose on Tuesday night if these bad starts continue. The last game, they fell behind 20-7.
In this game, they fell behind 22-7. For the last two games, the Lake Show have cherry-picked in the opening moments.
Kyle Kuzma’s defense was absolutely atrocious. Devin Booker’s family could have him for Christmas dinner. Booker absolutely cooked him! Kuz constantly lagged behind him and died on picks.
The only good thing that happened with this is that it’s an easy tell for Frank Vogel to bench him. Oh that’s right he did. The second half had Wesley Matthews starting in his place when the Lakers got rolling.
Nobody got hurt. Period. Plus this team is full of options and Kuzma’s benching showed that Frank Vogel has no issues sending messages about playing defense during the season.
Bring on the Los Angeles Clippers on opening night, Tuesday! Then don’t go into a food coma and miss the Christmas Night game.
Lake Show Life’s more in-depth breakdowns will come in Lake Show Life Lessons tomorrow. Keep it locked for the only Los Angeles Lakers post-game report with highlights and in-depth analysis.