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Game Recap: Lakers Get Hot Late, Steal A Win Vs. Kings Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers had a week off before traveling to Sacramento to take on the Kings. Just a few hours before the game, news came down that Kobe Bryant would return to The Lakers had a week off before traveling to Sacramento to take on the Kings. Just a few hours before the game, news came down that Kobe Bryant would return to Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Lakers Get Hot Late, Steal A Win Vs. Kings

Game Recap: Lakers Get Hot Late, Steal A Win Vs. Kings

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The Lakers had a week off before traveling to Sacramento to take on the Kings. Just a few hours before the game, news came down that Kobe Bryant would return to the court in the Lakers next game, but the Lakers have to stay focused on the task at hand as the Kings have a number of explosive scorers.

In a bit of a shocker, Robert Sacre was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Jordan Hill, giving the Lakers two traditional bigs. The Lakers are looking for their third consecutive road win tonight.

First Quarter

The bigs got the Lakers off to a great start. The Kings struggled to contain the Blake-Sacre pick and roll as Sacre made Coach D’Antoni look great for inserting him into the starting lineup. Gasol did some great work in the post knocking down a couple of shots after beautiful post moves. The Lakers bench struggled with turnovers when they entered the game, allowing the Kings to come back and take the lead thanks to some John Salmons three-pointers and Isaiah Thomas penetrating at will. Jodie Meeks hit a couple of big threes late in the quarter to cut the lead to two at the end of the first as the Lakers trailed by two points, 30-28.

Second Quarter

The Lakers got off to a quick start in the second thanks to a Shawne Williams three pointer and a Nick Young midrange shot. The Lakers are having trouble initiating offense without Blake on the floor. They would bring Blake back in and immediately get a wide open three from Wesley Johnson. Isaiah Thomas and Blake would trade three pointers to tie the game at 39. The Lakers bench is being completely dominated by the Kings tonight as Isaiah Thomas is outscoring the Lakers bench by himself. Sacre picked up his third foul, the one downside to his otherwise impressive first half. Thomas continued to have his way as he followed a three pointer with a great assist to put the Kings up by eight. The Lakers offense began to pick up late in the quarter but the defense struggled to contain Thomas and the offensive glass as the Kings have seven offensive rebounds already. Gasol with a short jump hook to cut the lead to three right before the end of the half as the Lakers trail 55-52.

Third Quarter

Both teams came out of the gate looking sloppy with some turnovers before a Gasol three point play got things going for the Lakers. Wesley Johnson would hit a three pointer to cut the lead to one but more bad defense leads to an easy Derrick Williams dunk. The Lakers continue to get killed on the offensive glass as the Kings consistently get two or three opportunities. Sacre was left in the game despite picking up his fourth foul and has continued to play good basketball especially as the roll man on the pick and roll. The Lakers defense has been nonexistent this quarter as the Kings would push the lead out to eight. The Blake-Sacre pick and roll has been the Lakers best offensive weapon throughout the game, but turnovers and rebounds killed the Lakers in this quarter. Lakers offense got stagnant late in the quarter, settling for isolations and Gasol post-ups. Despite seemingly being outplayed the entire game, the Lakers trailed only by four with two minutes left in the quarter. Unfortunately for the Lakers Ben McLemore woke up with consecutive three pointers to push the lead right back to 10. Once again, the Lakers would end the quarter well and trail only by six heading into the fourth.

Fourth Quarter

Jordan Hill would start the quarter doing what he does best, crashing the offensive glass as he gave the Lakers a couple of extra opportunities. Blake would then hit a three pointer to give the Lakers their first lead since the second quarter as the Lakers show their resilience again. Lakers defense has continually failed them but some timely shooting kept this game close as the Lakers trail by one. Lakers would get a couple of great defensive plays by Johnson and Sacre who has continued his great play over the last couple of games. The Lakers offense would stall and the Kings would push their lead out to four with only three minutes left. The Lakers got a great look out of the timeout that led to a Meeks three. A couple defensive stops followed by a Gasol jumper and another Meeks three and somehow the Lakers would take a four point lead with only a minute left. Wesley Johnson with an amazing steal and Young with a clutch jumper to ice the game as the Lakers move above .500


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  • Lakers Fan

    Great win!! Sunday can’t get here fast enough! #TheReturn Go Lakers!

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Once again… great fight from the lakers… the defense in the last 3 minutes was something, especially those 2 wes johnson steals… priceless. Sunday, here we come!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Lakers defense picked up tremendously in the Second Half,Jordan Hill was awesome in the minutes he got,he played like a guy fighting for his job.Great effort by all the players tonight.Steve Blake was solid in his effort tonight netting another double double game.Also Pau Gasol played good.

    Robert Sacre had a good solid start tonight,he seems to be very active out there.Wesley Johnson played his game closing in on the shooters and making some key defensive plays.

    Jodie Meeks made some big time 3 pointers tonight.All is good when Nick Young has a bad shooting night and the Lakers win.Lakers get Shawne Williams decent minutes a good idea is to try out Ryan Kelly eventually.Kobe is coming back next game lets string together a long winning streak.

    Go Lakers!

  • kobe24

    I personally didn’t like this game much. A win is a win I understand but, there are looming factors that have to be fixed.

    1. Defense: It was horrible for the most part except when the guys started stepping up in the last 3~5 minutes of the game. However, if this was a good team (OKC, Pacers, etc) they would’ve stomped on this defense. The Kings were just clumsy and lakers got sort of lucky

    2. Offense: There is a problem if the lakers can’t score if we don’t have a PG other than Blake. Blake has been playing well but to make him play nearly 40 minutes will get him injured. I hope that Kobe’s return will help faciilate the offense even without steve blake but if the same things with what happened today’s game…it won’t look pretty.

    In the end a win is a win so its all good can’t wait on Sunday for Kobe!

    P.S.: I think getting a PG wouldn’t be such a bad idea since…farmar would be back Janurary 1~10th or so and Nash….well whenever he comes back

    • Gregory Choa

      Your point about the absence of point guard depth for the time being is well taken – with the key phrase there being FOR THE TIME BEING. This concern becomes entirely moot when Nash and Farmar return to the fray. So long as 10-day contracts can’t be handed out before January 10th, or whenever that is, the Lakers simply don’t have the roster spot to afford in signing on another point guard.

      • jeremy

        well they only have 14 spots, since they cut harris

        • Gregory Choa

          I understand that, what I meant is that the Lakers can’t really afford to take on another salary because of the additional luxury taxes that would be attached to such a signing, even a relativity cheap one…especially knowing that Nash and Farmar are only a couple of weeks away from returning.

          • jeremy

            that true and i was thinking the same thing before i wrote my post.

          • cj

            they can still give none gaurenteed deal. go out and get marshel and offer him a none guarenteed deal.

  • e3bonz

    Six Lakers in double figures, double, double for Blake. Pau 7-7 FreeThrows, Jodie 5-6 from the three point line. Wes 5 steals.

  • Gregory Choa

    My main takeaways from this game;
    1) Jordan Hill seems to be much more effective coming off the bench – energy is much more focused that way
    2) Robert Sacre as the new Lakers starting center (moving Gasol to PF)? I LIKE IT!
    3) Wes Johnson is quickly becoming the Lakers most important player and game changer with his defense – he just impacts the game in a positive way
    4) Jodie Meeks has ice water in his veins
    5) Can’t wait to see the way in which Kobe Bryant’s return will positively impact the team’s overall play.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Who would have thought Sacre is going to start on an NBA game… i likey likey what I saw from him, specially his defense on Cousins…he was like a stone wall, Cousins couldn’t move him one inch.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      As I have mentioned several times in this blog… Jordan Hill is not starting 5 material… he is best used coming off the bench for his energy and hustle. His style of play can only be sustained by short minutes not starter minutes.

      • jeremy

        he was doing well for a few game when he avg like 15 +, but yes it looks like he not the type of player who can play big min.

  • jeremy

    love the late game defense and love that coach is playing sacre. i could see kaman being traded in the future

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      agree… i get the feeling too…

    • Gregory Choa

      I didn’t realize Kaman’s back is still bad…explains a lot…although why do we keep seeing him on the practice floor then?

      • jeremy

        who knows what going on with him. but now sacre stepping up kaman is losing out in min. seem to me his back problem might be a long term thing.

  • jeremy

    it ok that the lakers play like this vs not so good teams, but lakers need to pick up the low post defense big time. we cant be giving up big points in the paint. that what killing us.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Line of the night…

    Wes Johnson: 13 points, 2 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk, 5 STEALS

    • jeremy

      lakers have unleash his inner raja bell

  • jeremy

    in other new ryan kelly had another solid game. 21 points on 6-18, 7 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 blocks

  • Daryl Peek

    Sacre balling now? How deep is this team?!?

    Blake is a straight up WARRIOR!! THIS TEAM HAS SO MUCH HEART ITS CRAZY GIVEN WHAT WE SAW LAST SEASON. Can’t wait for Sunday!!!!! LAKERS

    MDA gets my vote for coach of the year!

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      I think the heart was always there… but the team was just depleted with the many antics that the Big Whiner brought into the locker room.

      • Daryl Peek

        Howard was a problem last season but the heart is more about a bunch of players that have had the time to understand their roles. D’Antoni had the time this season to create an open competition this summer and he has rode that as player development all throughout the season. Almost all of the players love it and have embraced it propping each other up in doing so.

  • A Fan

    It looks like Robert Sacre is finally going to be the defensive-minded big the Lakers need. Magic Mike does it again!

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      AGree… Sacre is a defensive big… he learned how to defend in practice last year defending D12 and Pau Gasol…

      • cj

        defending pau. he regressed when he defended howard and his none excistent post game

  • mambaisback

    game wasn’t a steal… Lakers played better that Sac and deserved to win

  • Jim213

    IMO, though missed the 1st qtr the game didn’t have a good flow to it in the first 3 qtrs. Meeks and especially W Johnson on the defensive end helped the Lakers to rally with Young not too far behind in the 4th. However, J Hill gets credit for pulling down the boards in the 4th when it seemed that the Kings would run away with the win.

    Looking at a few of the post here some believe that Hill plays better off the bench but I disagree. IMO, it has to do more with his style of play given that though he’s been a bench player mostly he seems to play better with the 2nd unit. Given that Farmar mostly operates the unit he has the ability to develop plays for others while being a better ball distributor.

    Hill and I’d likely put in Sacre too know their roles to an extent and would need more time on the floor to be able to improve and developed their own plays. Both haven’t had the luxury in getting a lot of playtime in the past so both of their games will take time to develop on the offensive end. Not bad for Hill being close to 15 min 7 pts along with 9 rebounds (4th quarter clutch).

    Not trying to hate on Pau but 33 min, 19 pts along with 7 rebounds. But in the games the team has won so far, within two (Kings 12/6/13/Nets) they’ve been out rebounded and have managed to pull of a win (steal/by a hair). They lost the rebound game by 15 against the Kings.

    • Daryl Peek

      Despite nagging ankle and knee injuries, demoted Jordan Hill bringing big-time energy now. SAC 87, LAL 85.

      Dave McMenamin ‏@mcten4h

      Pau with consecutive defensive stops–and now the 20-foot jumper. LAL 98, SAC 97.

      KEVIN DING ‏@KevinDing6h

      Meeks 19 points. Pau pumped fist, then stopped and pumped both fists. He really wants to salvage this one. Lakers up four with 1:09 left

      KEVIN DING ‏@KevinDing6h

      Not to put a damper on Sunday’s festivities, but Pau was walking a gingerly on his R ankle postgame & Blake had his R elbow heavily iced

      KEVIN DING ‏@KevinDing6h

      Not making any excuses for Pau but he, Blake and Hill were warriors out there playing banged up.

      • Jim213

        They’d likely have more fire power if X was playing other than the 1 now given Farmar’s injury. But for the difference maker aside of Hill before his sprain Wesley Johnson. Defensively he’s an asset and is now starting to score more consistently.

        Good thing he’s starting though not given credit often but his dunks along with blocks and steals have proven to energize the team aside of benefiting them in the 4th given his defense. Still 3/4 of the season remaining so only time will tell with regards to Pau.

        • Daryl Peek

          At this point, I’m gonna try not to question MDA’s rotations, He’s be great so far! Though I’m concerned about him starting Kobe with Blake Sunday. Kobe will likely take the PG duties from Blake and that could be bad for the team given Steve will default to defer mode mentally as floor leader. We’ve seen Blake get out of rhythm when he’s in this mode and the flow of the offense suffers immensely from it. Might be better to have Blake come off the bench so he can keep that floor leadership role for now.

          Sunday is going to very interesting.

          • Jim213

            Blake will likely start while either placing KB24 at the 1 or depending on the situation 2 or 3? But Kobe has to rely more on the athleticism from others to gradually ease his way back IMO though shooting is a different story as he’ll likely be a facilitator too.

    • Gregory Choa

      My whole thing in preferring that Hill come off the bench has to do with elevating that unit’s energy level. With both Hill and Wes starting, I just feel that there is a lack of energizers within that second unit. Maybe that changes when Kobe comes back and Meeks rejoins the 2nd unit, but I also think Shawne is more effective coming off the bench (on the perimeter) with Hill doing his thing in the paint.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jordan Hill is back to being Kenneth Faried 2.0.Hill played great last night.All the talk of him being a All Star was way out of line and premature,he is just a energy that hustles and gets rebounds.He has very limited offensive skills and he is foul prone and he gets injured quite often because of his style of play.

    Best case scenario for Jordan Hill is he becomes a consistent Kenneth Faried type of player for the rest of his career,worst case scenario he plays the way Ronny Turiaf does.Lakers can re-sign him but can’t overpay.3 years $12 million dollars is fair IMO.About $4 million dollars per season,no way should Lakers pay more.

    Either way he is very good on defense he manned up on Cousins last night in the second half.A tough player with energy and the heart of a Lion.But he had been in a major funk where he had played uninspiring basketball for a few games.It’s great to see a fire lit under him now that he lost his starting job.

  • lalolaoalaolallolaololalooalol

    i cant wait for sungday the black mamba is returning go la

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