The bad from the Los Angeles Lakers’ win:
The Los Angeles Lakers cannot stop Jayson Tatum.
In Boston, Tatum had his own little tea party at the Lakers expense smoking them for 37 points and 11 rebounds. Jaylen Brown did not play again and it stands to reason that Tatum would get the ball. Boy it makes some people’s jaws tight listening to people (Sorry Chuck!) defend Frank Vogel when simple common sense strategies aren’t used.
Look, Jayson Tatum scored the the first 14 points of the game for the Boston Celtics. The number one option for the opposing team…really?!!!
Tatum lit the Lakers defense up for 21 points by halftime. All of this in 19 minutes worth of action. Sure Tatum is a flat out superstar and has the talent most NBA players only dream of, but no defensive scheme out the gate to stop this guy? But Frank Vogel will clean this up when Kendrick Nunn and Trevor Ariza comes back. Right?
He finished with 34 points (13-22 shooting!), 8 rebounds and 3 assists. The only difference between this game and the previous one was that he got absolutely no help from Dennis Schroder (Familiar analysis?), Al Horford and Marcus Smart.
The Lakers foul too much!
Not only do they foul a lot, but they send opponents to the free throw line way too much. The Celtics got the line 29 times and knocked down 22. This burned them in the Clippers loss.