The Los Angeles Lakers opened up the NBA national TV package with a showdown with their rivals, the Boston Celtics. After two straight losses in Philly and Detroit, the Lakers almost had some Sixers flashbacks, ESCAPING with a win!
There was nearly a nasty flashback for Los Angeles Lakers fans. Same shot, same spot. While Tobias Harris hit his…
Kemba Walker finished off a terrible 1-12 shooting night missing his from nearly the same exact spot with Daniel Theis missing the tip in, as the Lakers ESCAPE 96-95. A huge shoutout to Alex Caruso running back to stop a potential layup when Boston forced a turnover in the final seconds.
The Lake Show narrowly avoid a three-game losing streak going to Atlanta for the last game of the road trip.
The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ win:
Anthony Davis was aggressive from the outset:
Lake Show Life has constantly reported that if the Los Angeles Lakers have any chance to repeat, they need an aggressive Anthony Davis on a consistent basis. That’s exactly what they got early and often against the Celtics. He had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the FIRST QUARTER!
But it was understanding the circumstances that were more exciting to Lakers fans. Instead of forcing the issue against smaller players, he just shot over the top. Then he got easy baskets at the rim by just positioning himself at the front of the rim.
Lake Show Life provided visual proof of AD taking too long to make his offensive moves in the Philadelphia game.
In this game, as soon as he touched the ball, he was attacking. He finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
Montrezl Harrell had a strong bounce-back game:
Trezl struggled the last couple of games. He went scoreless against Philadelphia and let his frustrations get the best of him in Detroit. He hit all four shots in the first half with 2 blocks. He went back to playing with his usual energy without worrying about the referees and other players.
Harrell finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Man…this was a great game to watch!
The ABC/ESPN executives must have been thrilled with the product they put out in front of the national TV audience. The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers both played a great game with the stars from both teams playing very well.
This game was the first of the NBA Saturday Night primetime package. Watching players from both teams compete at a high level is just what the doctor ordered with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping fans out of the arenas.
The bad from the Los Angeles Lakers’ win:
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is starting to evaporate in front of our eyes!
The great thing about having a start like KCP had this season is knowing how hard he had to work to get the recognition that he’s enjoying. However, the time to get shots off much less getting the ball is getting harder and harder. He scored one point less than Marc Gasol.
The Los Angeles Lakers all of a sudden can’t score in the third quarter:
Since the Chicago game, the Lakers have been atrocious coming out of the gate offensively after halftime. Boston outscored them 29-19 in the third quarter. The Lakers’ dominant games have been with huge runs in the first and third quarters. That practice has been absent on this road trip.
Free throw shooting (Yes…you LeBron and AD!) is a problem!
Everyone is complaining about the scoring average of Anthony Davis. Look hard folks because the reason his average is down is because of his free throw shooting. After getting to the line and getting massive attempts last year, he hit 85% of them. This year, he’s in the low 70s.
LeBron has been up and down his whole career, but the point is this.
- In close games, the stars get the ball.
- The stars get calls to get to the line at the end of games.
These two have to figure it out.
The wings of Boston DESTROYED the Los Angeles Lakers:
Look Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are All-Stars, but the Lakers could not stop them. Both players combined for 25-37 shooting for 58 points. Readers of this site have been wondering about when the Lakers are going to get a center, but a strong athletic wing that can guard multiple positions couldn’t hurt either.
He scored one more point than the writer and anyone that took time to read this.
The story from the Los Angeles Lakers win:
ESPN’s Jalen Rose said it best:
LeBron James led the Lakers in a furious charge in the 4th quarter. He hit two huge 3 pointers with a great pass to Montrezl Harrell that shook Jaylen Brown to the floor. His influence forced double teams that really affected Boston schemes on both sides of the floor.
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.