The two “Sixth Man” Finalists played very well for the Los Angeles Lakers!
In a mini surprise to some on the Lake Show Life staff, Dennis Schroder was named the starter on opening night. Based on his very uneven play during the preseason on both ends of the floor, it was assumed that Wesley Matthews would be in the lineup.
To Dennis Schroder’s credit, he did not squander the second chance. He actually came close to a triple-double. He didn’t shoot great (5-15 shooting!), but he played a very solid floor game scoring 14 points, grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds (Only double-digit rebound game of career!) and dishing out 8 assists with only one turnover.
He is starting to gain chemistry with Montrezl Harrell, who had a monster game.
Harrell is going to be a big-time leader on this team. Sure the 17 points and 10 rebounds are impressive, but what is going to really help this team with the loss of Howard and McGee is his willingness to call out players for defensive mistakes. There were at least two times where Schroder turned his back and got burned. Harrell was there to let him know about it.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is turning into one of the feel-good stories for the Lakers. He got his big contract in the offseason and his jumper has been on since the NBA Finals.
His 9 points in the second quarter kept the Lakers from being blown out of this game. His play was very instrumental in the Lakers slicing a 22 point lead to just two at halftime. It’s really great to watch KCP play so well. Last year, he scored no points and the fanbase was all over him. He has gone from a social media joke to being a major part of this roster.
That takes care of the newcomers that played well, now let’s talk about the players that just didn’t show up! Read on.