Shootaround Report: Gasol Returns, Kaman Starts Against Blazers

Shootaround Report: Gasol Returns, Kaman Starts Against Blazers


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After the Lakers dominant performance over the Suns last Sunday in a 115-99 win, the short-handed Lakers will be taking on the Portland Trail Blazers. The last time the Lakers faced off against the Trail Blazers, Kent Bazemore threw an alley-oop to Wesley Johnson for the go-ahead dunk with 6.9 seconds left to secure a 107-106 road win on March 3rd. The Lakers were able to stop Portland’s five-game winning streak with Pau Gasol, who led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

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The Trail Blazers are in playoff contention sitting in the fifth seed of the Western Conference with an overall record of 48-27. They’ve also won three straight games since LaMarcus Aldridge’s return from a back contusion. Meanwhile, the Lakers will try to seek their fourth consecutive home victory at the Staples Center.

Coach Mike D’Antoni has decided to play Chris Kaman along with Pau Gasol in the starting lineup for tonight’s game. Pau Gasol, who’s coming back from his vertigo, has been hoping to play with Chris Kaman more when he eventually returns to the floor. The recent change to the lineup was mainly due to Kaman playing his best basketball as a Laker. Hopefully the Gasol and Kaman duo can bring the Lakers to their 26th victory of the regular season.

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  • Jim213

    Per ESPN, Lakers FO ranked 16th overall in NBA.

    • Daryl Peek

      In the moment voting. My question is what are the parameters outside of who? There are teams who have not performed as well as the Lakers ranked higher.

      • Jim213

        Ranking seems to be based on the owner(s), GM, and coach. Rating 0 to 10 with regards to front office management, guidance, and leadership skills in terms of how it impacts teams overall with regards to on the court success) which goes for short and long term).

        IMO, should’ve been ranked between 10-12 but negative publicity from players themselves (current and past) aided to negative perception. But bad moves also didn’t seem to be over looked.

  • e3bonz

    Let’s see if this works, as both are capable scorers, but the defense and rebounds need to be there.