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Game Recap: Lakers Struggle To Shoot From Three

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The Lakers are in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight taking on the Sacramento Kings in their fourth preseason game. Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman will be together in the starting line-up again after combining for 24 points and 15 rebounds on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets. Young, Meeks and Nash will also be starting with Gasol and Kaman as they did against the Nuggets.

First Quarter

The Lakers started the game a little slow missing a few of their first shot attempts. Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman started off where they left off in the last game showing good chemistry. Gasol found Kaman with two alley oops early in the game and both big men were fighting inside for rebounds. Nick Young looked aggressive on the offensive end scoring seven points. On the defensive end the Lakers had trouble at first with the Kings starting off shooting the ball well but eventually cooled off. The Lakers ended the quarter trailing by six with the quarter ending on a missed 3-pointer by Steve Blake.

Second Quarter

The Lakers did well shooting the ball early in the second quarter with both Marcus Landry and Shawne Williams hitting a 3-pointer each and Xavier Henry hitting a long 2 point shot. The shooting did not continue throughout the quarter with the Lakers struggling to hit shot attempts halfway through the quarter. Shawne Williams played well coming off the bench as he did during the second quarter in the second game against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers showed inconsistency on the defensive end but picked it up towards the end of the quarter forcing the Kings to turn the ball over. Pau Gasol was quiet early in the quarter but made a few jump shots leading the team with 13 points hitting six of his eight shot attempts. The Lakers finished the first half strong leading the Kings 55-48 but will go on to the second half without Steve Nash due to a sore left ankle.

Third Quarter

The Lakers started off slow but found some light with Jodie Meeks hitting a three and a pair of lay ups to keep the Lakers ahead. Sloppy play by the Lakers created turnovers throughout the quarter. Defensively, the Lakers did not defend the 3-point line with the Kings connecting a few times keeping them in the game. The Lakers overall struggled to get going offensively with Meeks leading the team in the quarter with 10 of his 13 points coming in the third quarter. The quarter ended with Jordan Hill missing a tip shot attempt off Williams missed 3-pointer and the Lakers trail 73-69.

Fourth Quarter

The quarter started with the Lakers attempting 3-pointers but coming up empty while the Kings took advantage bringing their lead up to 14 on an 10-0 run. The Lakers finally put a point up in the quarter with Shawne Williams making a free throw off a defensive three seconds call on the Kings. With very little going for the Lakers offensively and the Kings making shots on their end the Lakers quickly lost control of the game. The Kings continued to shoot well from the 3-point line putting the game away while the Lakers continued to shoot but could not connect. Unfortunately, the Lakers fell to the Kings 104-86.

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  • Sti1lmatic

    Way too many 3 point attempts in the 4th qtr.

    • Jim213

      A probable sign that the team may struggle playing run and gun if it’s fully implemented. The coach’s style requires consistent shooters. He’ll likely end up mixing it up while playing Kaman and Gasol at the 4 and 5.

  • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

    Just shocking Xavier Henry played 10 minutes total and Jodie Meeks played 36 minutes???WTF is wrong with Mike D’Antoni???Is he trying to ruin the kid Xavier???The Lakers should become smarter about developing players because this is BS!No more screwing players over in LA please.This is about giving Xavier Henry a real chance to help the team not a game of politics.Just sick and tired of all the BS MDA has brought to the team.The Lakers will be a lottery team if they keep playing with the emotions of the young players.Lakers need to play Xavier Henry more,he is The Junk Yard Dog he has fight in him.Lakers lost damn it!FIRE PRINGLES.He is a puppet for Jim Buss to pull the strings on.

    • Daryl Peek

      Stop blaming the coach! Henry was hurt. SMH

      • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

        Daryl the coach is accountable SMH!I will continue placing blame where it belongs,i can’t stop being honest!

        • Daryl Peek

          How is D’antoni responsible for an injury? All I’m saying is know what happened before you go on a senseless rant. There was nothing honest or truthful about what you said given you omitted facts.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Pringles deserves blame he is not organized as a Head Coach.Players shoot wild shots and his rotations are as bad as Priest John coaching on a Sunday against the local team.I won’t lie to cover up for Pringles he is old and a retread collecting a fat pay check.That’s how i view the situation.You view it you’re way.

          • Daryl Peek

            Dude, I’m critical of situations but I will not prejudge out of spite like you are doing. This is pratice, there was more going on than all you’re trying to hammer MDA for.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Practice?I watched MDA coach New York and this is not much better in LA sadly.But i will not just assume things will get better since it’s practice.Sorry but assuming things is just not very smart.

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s what you’re doing is assuming things will get worse, 4 games into a preseason where the team has actually looked much better and won games, something they didn’t do over the last two preseasons

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Not sure what to expect anymore from the Lakers as a team.I hope for the best.Pringles is going nowhere as i said so many times over.Jim Buss is waiting,Lakers are possibly TANKING so Pringles is the perfect scapegoat if that happens.But that is unknown.We shall see.

          • nlruizjr

            DP, slow down, man your going to get a heart attack before the season even starts, preseason is just the time to get chemistry into check and find out who stays and who goes, so far the Lakers are 2-2 this preseason and most of them are playoff teams, so compared to last seasons record (0-8), they are doing quite well. I know there are times I want to yell at the TV but then I have to tell myself, it’s just preseason, I’m hoping that WJ will find his game and if so, with the others starting to develope (E. Harris, J. Hill, Kaman, HX,Landry, Williams, Sacre (a very pleasant surprise), I’m hoping DJO takes Kelly’s spot, it just wouldn’t be fair to the rest that are competing for a spot to give Kelly a free ticket, is he going to be an injury prone person because for a young guy he is taking a long time to recoop from a sprained ankle. but overall I think we will be stronger than #12, I think the Lakers will be a very dangerous team, most teams will not want to play !!!!!!!

          • Daryl Peek

            Check the comments I’ve made man. I 100% agree with you. This is practice. Kinks and bugs are being worked out.

          • Daryl Peek

            Your IRE is so misplaced you wont acknowledge the injury to Henry? He couldn’t play anymore minutes. Instead of admitting your rush to judgement you go on another tirade that has nothing to do with tonight?!?

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            What’s upsetting is Pringles is just a puppet ultimately to feed the ego of Jim Buss.But people just ignore that very fact.I am not upset at Pringles,i am just letting my views out on what is happening.Jim Buss is a ego mainiac and MDA is just a puppet for him to pull the strings on.No disrespect it’s just my opinion on the current Lakers coach.As far as the injury,i had no knowledge of Xavier being injured previously.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, what has your opinion of MDA got to do with what happened tonight? Get out of your emotions and be objective. My first post on the was frustration over tonight’s performance. I don’t like the lack of rebounding and shot selection. MDA can help fix that but it’s ridiculous to start the fire D’Antoni mess based off one bad preseason game?!?

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Fire Pringles solves 2 things it gets Nash out and it helps the defense out.But Jim Buss will not fire his boy Pringles.So the hot seat remains hot until Jim Buss get his emotions out of this situation.The coach Pringles has 2 years remaining,he is going nowhere especially if the Lakers are TANKING!But i am objective just a big proponent of placing blame where it belongs on any given night.

          • Daryl Peek

            SMH, another wildly left tangent that is unrealistic because we all know it’s not gonna happen. Jeanie is already on board with MDA. Please stop it. They’ve moved past the internal bickering, fans need to take their cue.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Like i said before and others have stated Jim Buss loves Prinngles and he is going nowhere.Us as fans can voice our opinion that is all.Please understand we all have a hidden agenda and Jim Buss has one and so does Jeanie Buss.It seems like they have worked out the bickering,which is a great start to a wonderful relationship,partnership.

          • Daryl Peek

            Whether he hates Phil, likes D’antoni or has a better relationship with his sister going forward, GO LAKERS is all that matters for us as fans.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Perfectly stated Daryl.

            Go Lakers All The Way.

    • Daryl Peek

      And Meeks did a pretty good job overall.

      • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

        Daryl split the minutes and i would not be bitching.Meeks 24 MPG Henry 24 MPG.Not Meeks 36 MPG and Xavier 10 MPG.Xavier is probably depressed.

        • Daryl Peek

          There was no minutes to be split. Henry was injured.

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

            Daryl, you are talking to a log… a dead log… double jeopardy…

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            LOL LMFAO

  • Daryl Peek

    God awful performance! I’m really hating this 1 in 4 out so far! No ones crashing the boards the way we set up and there’s no rhythm, rhyme or reasoning for the piss poor shots that are being jacked up way too early with no one in position to get a rebound?

    • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

      Daryl i agree with you on you’re post.Good job noticing.

      • Daryl Peek

        I see this, you see it, and I’m sure MDA, Rambis and the rest of the coaching staff does also. Adjustments will be made. Calling for a coach to be fired in the preseason is doing too much at this point. IJS

        • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

          Yeah i agree.Daryl ultimately it comes down to money.If Jim Buss prematurely fires MDA then major $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ will be lost.May i ask you Daryl,Is Mike Brown still getting paid by the Lakers organization?I know he is in Cleveland coaching the Cavs again.Are the Lakers off the hook for his salary?Thanks in advance kind sir.

          • Daryl Peek

            I think he’s still getting a prorated amount minus his new salary. MDA is really good at developing young players. He’s not my first choice for HC but he’s perfect for a rebuilding project. My hopes lie in him doing just that while being flexible enough to let the superior talent and championship experience of Kobe and Gasol take him where he’s never been before. Everyone wins if that comes to fruition.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Thank you for answering my question regarding Mike Brown.As far as Pringles goes well i am seeing a pattern here he builds the confidence of a young player and then he deflates the pursuit of happiness by lessening the minutes and role for the player.

            If MDA just stuck with the player full force and presented a Knute Rockne speech he would build the young players confidence and self esteem.Developing talent during a rebuilding process is a key premise in keeping Pringles as coach for the Lakers.

            But somehow someway MDA needs to get on the same page as Xavier Henry,just build back his confidence and self esteem make him feel wanted by rewarding him with a occasional start or perhaps increased minutes and more shots.

            But you say Xavier is injured in that case once he is healthy i would enjoy watching him play a increased role with the team.But if MDA can develop a few of the young players we have currently,it will be a great help in rebuilding the team.The rebuild is in process and so far Nick Young and Jordan Farmar also Xavier Henry have stood out to me.Wesley Johnson has gotten injured and is fighting for a roster spot according to realgm.

          • Daryl Peek

            Henry seems to have the goods but we need to take it easy on rushing to make him a bonafide all-star based off one good preseason game. Patience’s, he’s gonna make the roster and will be given PT just like Earl Clark was. Let the process play itself out. Those who shine will be rewarded. We can’t force feed the situation.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Only time will tell.Xavier Henry is The Junk Yard Dog he is a tough kid.

          • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

            Yeah that would be amazing if Kobe and Pau got Pringles to the next level.MDA has developed Amare,Matrix,Barbosa,Raja,Jeremy Lin,Landry Fields,Earl Clark,Possibly Xavier Henry.Not too shabby!

  • ra

    Garbage time, again. They’re playing like it’s the last game of the season, the playoff picture is set, and might as well throw in the scrubs to get a little playing time before they get released in the summer.

    Not a good, or hopeful showing. It really makes me miss the veterans, like MWP, LO, etc.

    It also made me think (for a second), that the Lakers can push for a high pick in the draft.

    MDA’s offense needs to be balanced by a good – or great defense. C’mon Rambis. Start yelling. Show them the ‘clothesline’ move.

    • Jim213

      IMO, DJO showed more hustle and play than Landry though it wasn’t good. So far haven’t observed Landry have a good or decent game.

      I still think someone will end up getting axed before the last week of pre-season. Blake also shot 0-10 or somewhere in that range. You could also see the coach’s anguish today too.

      • Paytc

        There are no real accidents. Everything happens for a reason. This gives us a reason to put players like Famar,Henry,Young, etc… on the floor. We already know the good,bad,and the ugly with regards to Blake,and Meeks. NEXT ! “STEP UP ” please. It’s never personal.

        • Jim213

          Agree, as long as Farmar (backup) gets the minutes that Nash sits on the bench we’ll be good at PG.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    PErspective people! It’s nice to win… but this is still preseason… the goal is to find player chemistry and execute our defensive-offensive philosophy implemented at camp… Some people here gets overly excited and hysterical…smh

    • PRINGLES IS A PUPPET

      Yeah i hope this all gets turned around in the regular season.SMH!

  • KB24_7RINGS

    RAMBIS IS RIGHT, WE ShOULD RUN OUR OFFENSE Through THE BIGS. BESIDES, THAT’S OUR SIGNATURE–POST,POST,POST

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