Los Angeles Lakers: 4 Lessons in road trip finale win over Atlanta Hawks

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) defends the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) defends the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Lakers need Alex Caruso to repeat as NBA champions. Yes, Lake Show Life said it! 

Probably the best thing that happened to Alex Caruso was losing his top spot as the best 3 point shooter percentagewise. The Lake Show Life staff could see the narrative changing from being an all around great player to a potential shooting specialist which he is not.

Alex Caruso is not a “shooter”, he’s a player that does all of the little things that win basketball games.

  • He makes hard cuts to the basket even though he may not get the ball to open up lanes for his teammates.
  • When he gets the ball from those hard cuts, he finishes the layups. 
  • Yes, he does hit the occasional 3 point shot when needed.
  • Oh by the way, AC Fresh ALWAYS brings it on the defensive end playing hard every single night (If the closing seconds of defense of the Boston game doesn’t convince you, nothing will!) using instincts that improve by the game. 

Alex Caruso was very productive in his 25 minutes off the Lakers bench. He had a stat line of 8 points (4-7 shooting!), 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. He led everyone in the building with a plus/minus of +13.

Over the last few weeks, Caruso has claimed a major role in the playing rotation with his contributions at both ends of the court. The most important part of all of this is he finishes the games with the starting unit. A situation all players want in a basketball game.

Frank Vogel says it all here via ESPN. 

"“He’s one of our best players,” coach Frank Vogel said. “That’s the simplest way to put it. He typically moves the needle in a positive direction.”"

Speaking of one of the Los Angeles Lakers best players that move the needle in a positive direction. This player waited until the last quarter to not only push the needle in the right direction but his talents is so amazing that the Lakers can break the glass and use it in emergencies! Read on to see that talented player!