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D'Angelo Russell reached out to LeBron James for advice on consistency - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers have invested a lot of capital into the NBA Draft over the past few years. Since 2014, the team has drafted four high-profile players in the lottery and countless more prospects deeper in the draft.
Thus far, none of those players have turned into outright stars but almost all of them have shown the potential to become real positive contributors. The player closest to stardom, however, is no longer on the Lakers.
LA traded D’Angelo Russell prior to his third season in the league in what amounted to a salary dump of Timofey Mozgov’s monster deal. While the decision has been debated ad nauseam, Russell has improved in every season culminating in becoming a first-time All-Star this year as Victor Oladipo’s injury replacement.
Much of Russell’s newfound success has come through his ability to become more consistent, something that he told Bleacher Report’s Leo Sepkowitz was a product of advice received from Lakers’ star LeBron James...
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala will help Lakers, but they should have recognized this need sooner - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers have had issues shooting all season, and in their debuts (and beyond) Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala will attempt to help address such problems. Still, the front office should have recognized the need for guys like them this summer.
Maybe it wasn’t a “shift,” if Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is to be believed. Maybe they were just small moves at the deadline, designed to bolster a roster chock-full of the “playmakers” Pelinka and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson so coveted over the summer. Maybe the cost of what essentially amounted to three second round picks and a bench riding veteran won’t look so bad after all have run their NBA courses.
Maybe. I don’t want to overreact here. The Lakers’ separate trade deadline moves to acquire Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala didn’t exactly send shockwaves through the Western Conference, where the Lakers sit a game and a half outside the eight seed. Nor did the team’s losses of Ivica Zubac, Svi Mykhailiuk, Michael Beasley, and a second round pick inspire the outrage from fans the way a trade of more prominent members of the young core would have.
There’s still something worth looking at here, though. Despite Pelinka’s assertion, the Lakers’ deals for Bullock and Muscala are implicit acknowledgments of an ideological shift within the Laker front office, direct confessions from the organization that it failed to acquire enough shooting to supplement LeBron James and his novice teammates last summer.
How else does one explain the sacrifice of Mykhailiuk, Zubac, Beasley and a pick for two solid shooters (and an open roster spot which the team will presumably use on a third)?
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Lakers: Kyrie Irving, Luke Walton and LeBron James were blown away by the defense Brandon Ingram played against the Celtics - Silver Screen and Roll
Brandon Ingram turned some heads with his lockdown defense against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Lakers were able to steal a win on the road against the Boston Celtics on Thursday in part because of the defense they played on Kyrie Irving — or should I say because of the defense Brandon Ingram played on Irving.
In 35 minutes against the Lakers, Irving scored 24 points on 6-21 shooting from the field (28.6 percent). That is his third-worst field goal percentage in any game this season, according to basketball-reference.
In the nine possessions Irving was guarded by Ingram, Irving shot 2-8 from the field and turned the ball over twice, as noted by Lakers digital reporter Joey Ramirez. Ingram’s effort on defense earned him praise from his head coach, Luke Walton, and LeBron James following the game.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Laker Film Room: How the Lakers beat the Celtics, potentially saved their season - Silver Screen and Roll
Rajón Rondo completed an emotional comeback win as the Lakers beat the Celtics, 129-128. From LeBron James playing center, to Brandon Ingram making things difficult on Kyrie Irving, there were quite a few takeaways.
What a week. After nearly everyone but LeBron James was rumored to be traded during the (all too public) Anthony Davis negotiations, the Lakers pulled off a stunning 129-128 to victory the hated Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Rajon Rondo drilled a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer after the ball caromed around in the final seconds, inspiring cathartic primal screams from Lakers fans the world over.
The game certainly didn’t start out encouragingly though, as listless Lakers defense allowed Boston to have their way, culminating in a 53-35 Celtics lead early in the second quarter. To make matters worse, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were thoroughly outplaying Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma in the battle of young cores.
Luke Walton turned to LeBron James at the center position soon after that, altering the momentum of the game. Let’s take a closer look...
basketball  lakers  lebron  rondo  ingram 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Kyrie Irving credits Brandon Ingram for "closing down the lane" in win over Celtics - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers secured a huge win on Thursday night against their most hated rivals. On top of that, it brought them back to an above-.500 record with the hope that it will turn their season around and get them into the playoffs.
The 129-128 win was an offensive showcase by both teams, especially the Lakers who hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in the game. But it was defense from one specific player on the Lakers that was the talk of the Celtics after the matchup...
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Watch: Rajon Rondo hits buzzer-beater against Celtics, credits Luke Walton for keeping team together - Lakers Outsiders
Thursday was an eventful and stressful day around the Los Angeles Lakers. After two weeks of rumors, the trade deadline came to a pass with most of the roster intact and only Svi Mykhailiuk, Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley as casualties.
With the thought of being traded at least momentarily behind the young Lakers, the team faced off against the Boston Celtics in what became an instant classic for the most storied rivalry in sports.
LeBron James’ first game as part of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry featured the purple and gold falling behind by as many as 18 points in the first half before clawing their ways back through some hot 3-point shooting. The Lakers hit a franchise record 22 of their 41 attempts from behind the arc.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Lakers Podcast: Could beating the Celtics change the direction of this season? - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers improbably won in Boston against all kinds of odds. Could this have been a turning point?
The Los Angeles Lakers won probably their best game of the year last night, all things considered. Today’s podcasts celebrate that, and grade the trade deadline.
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In this week’s episode, Jas talks with Silver Screen and Roll Writer Sabreena Merchant after Rajon Rondo’s buzzer beater gave the Lakers a 129-128 win over the Boston Celtics.
Sabreena and Jas break down if this could be a momentum changing win for the Lakers as they get ready for the final stretch of the season. Then, they look into what the Lakers can look for in the buyout market, Luke Walton’s performance this year and if he will be coaching the team next season.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Podcast: Lakers beat Celtics on Rajon Rondo's game-winner; NBA trade deadline recap - Lakers Outsiders
After the rollercoaster ride that was the NBA trade deadline week for the Los Angeles Lakers, they came away with something that most people didn’t expect: a potentially season-altering win against the Boston Celtics.
Late game heroics from Rajon Rondo, who hit a jumper at the buzzer, gave the Lakers a massive 129-128 in Boston. Rondo delivered the dagger to the heart of the team he spent nearly a decade with, washing away the utter disgust of a 42-point annihilation at the hands of the Indiana Pacers just 48 hours earlier.
The win comes fresh off a trade deadline that saw nearly half the roster publicly offered to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, only for a deal not to be completed. The Lakers followed it up by acquiring Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons, along with Mike Muscala from the Clippers.
Gary Kester and Honi Ahmadian sat down to discuss the thrilling win in Boston and recap an eventful NBA trade deadline for the Lakers.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Lakers vs. Celtics Final Score: L.A. overcomes trade rumors, beats Boston on Rajon Rondo buzzer-beater - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers started slow, but competed, set a franchise record for threes, and won in Boston thanks to Rajon Rondo and LeBron James.
In the first game after the NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers looked ready to get blown out with the built-in excuse that their chemistry was still reeling following all the speculation and rumors that swirled around the team. Then, LeBron James woke up and the rest of the team followed suit.
Then due to some late heroics from James, huge threes from Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and a gigantic game-winning buzzer-beater from Rajon Rondo, the Lakers were able to pull out a 129-128 victory in Boston
As basic as such analysis might seem, the Lakers really tend to rise to the amount of energy James plays with. If his energy dips, the Lakers look like one of the worst teams in the NBA. As his energy picks, up, they tend to follow suit. The difference between the first and second quarters Thursday night speak exactly to this phenomenon.
basketball  lakers  lebron  rondo 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Lakers vs. Celtics - Game Recap - February 7, 2019 - ESPN
BOSTON -- Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.
LeBron James had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday.
Rondo was in the right place at the right time for his final shot against the team he won an NBA title with in 2008. Brandon Ingram had his layup attempt blocked by Al Horford, but Horford whiffed on the rebound and the ball bounced into Rondo's hands.
basketball  lakers  lebron  rondo 
9 days ago by rgl7194

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