Lakers hang on late to beat the Detroit Pistons: The good, bad and story

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The Los Angeles Lakers had a rematch with the Detroit Pistons from seven days ago when Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis both had out-of-body experiences to help the Lakers come back from a 17 point deficit to win.

Oh and then there was this small situation here…

Well, the hype of a second-round never came to fruition along with any chance for Detroit to pull off an upset as the Lakers held on (Like how??!!!!) for a 110-106 win.

For the record, this was a classic case of a young player in Isaiah Stewart getting swallowed up in the moment. He was a nonfactor and he really looked distracted all game long. His numbers for the game…

  • Stewart finished with 5 points (2-7 shooting!), 6 rebounds and 3 turnovers in 27 minutes.

In a nutshell, this was another case of the Los Angeles Lakers struggling to beat some of the least talented teams in the NBA.

But a win is a win, right?

The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ win:

LeBron James was the best player on the court!

It really is a good thing considering the Lakers played their usual uneven level of basketball that kept probably the worst scoring in the NBA close at the end. LeBron looked quite comfortable dropping 32 points (12-20 shooting!), 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. This was more of a player with experience to not allow last week’s incident to affect his play like it did Isaiah Stewart.

He knew that everyone would be watching closely because of last week and he played chess while the Detroit Pistons played checkers.

Maybe Anthony Davis is just embarrassed about his outside shooting of late! 

Lake Show Life has been making analysis statements for years that Anthony Davis needed to be more aggressive and attack the basket. For every game like the one against the San Antonio Spurs when he spent the entire first half showing his dunking repertoire, there are five or six others where he stands out on the perimeter shooting 17 footers.

According to Stat Muse…it seems that Anthony Davis is not doing very well to start this season…

  • 16.7 percent on 3 point shots which is the worst in NBA history by any player with 2+ attempts per game and 20+ games played.
  • 38.3 percent on midrange shots which is the worst in the NBA by any player with 100+ attempts.
  • 33.1 percent on jump shots which is the worst in the NBA by any player with 150+ attempts.

Here’s the 300,745th reminder of AD needing to be aggressive for the Los Angeles Lakers to have any chance of being successful this season…or any season.

The first half of this game is just a microcosm of the frustrations in watching AD’s disappearing acts. He was killing the Pistons in the first quarter with 13 points only to go scoreless in the second quarter. He finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks.

It was Chick Hearn night!

Outside of the late Johnny Most, who was the Hall of Fame announcer for the Boston Celtics, there is not another NBA announcer that can even share a comparison to this man. Chick Hearn is the reason that NBA announcers have any type of celebrity that they enjoy today.

If you do not know the importance of this great man on the mic, do some research. Chick Hearn was known as the Golden Voice.

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