Summer League Recap: Lakers Fall to Warriors in Las Vegas Finale Reviewed by Momizat on . http://youtu.be/9U57h8capYI The Lakers finished off their 2013 Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday night when they took on the top seeded Golden State Warriors. http://youtu.be/9U57h8capYI The Lakers finished off their 2013 Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday night when they took on the top seeded Golden State Warriors. Rating:
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Summer League Recap: Lakers Fall to Warriors in Las Vegas Finale

The Lakers finished off their 2013 Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday night when they took on the top seeded Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles entered the game with a 3-1 record in LVSL, and were looking to advance to the semi-finals in the new, tournament-style format. However, they ran into an undefeated Warriors team that gave them more than enough trouble, and eventually finished off the Lakers, and ending their Summer League.

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First Half

The Lakers opened the game strong, and took control in the first half. While the first quarter was back and forth, in the second period the Lakers were able to establish more rhythm and build themselves a slight lead. The team was led by the defensive presence of Travis Hyman, who blocked five shots in the game, and got some scoring help from Elias Harris and Lester Hudson. Marcus Landry also helped offensively, and at the break the Lakers had established a 10-point lead.

Second Half

In the third period the Lakers were able to maintain their lead. While the Warriors cut into it slightly, Los Angeles still had control of the game throughout the period. Hyman’s defensive presence came up big once again, and a well-rounded scoring effort that included Hudson, Landry, Harris and Chris Douglas-Roberts kept the Lakers in the lead. However, when the fourth quarter rolled around, the Lakers’ Summer League team looked all too similar to the regular season squad that squandered countless leads last season.

Golden State’s Kent Bazemore was the man of the hour, scoring 10 of the Warriors’ final 14 points and giving Golden State the lead late in the quarter. The Lakers fell behind by five before crawling back within one, but Bazemore and the upstart Warriors squad were too much to handle. In the end, the Warriors finished off the Lakers 83-77, ending the Lakers’ Summer League and propelling Golden State into the semis.

The next time the Lakers will be on the court will again be against the Warriors, but it will come in the team’s preseason opener next October.

The Lakers finished Summer League 2013 with a 3-2 record.


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  • Jim213

    Some players that IMO have stood out in the D League include Malcolm Thomas, Arinze Onuaku, Zach Andrews (athleticism), Tony Mitchell, and Jamelle Hagins. MC plays with the LA DEFENDERS (Lakers owned) and was the top rebounder for the league in the regular season.

    Given the cap situation the Lakers may need to call him up for his defensive game if things don’t pan out with other pick ups for the team. Although these players are solid they require a few more tools to have a solid future in the NBA but this is what the developmental league is for…

    Aside of MT I like Jamelle Hagins style of play on the paint given that his game reminds me a LITTLE of Elden Campbell’s though shorter by 1″ and not similar in body mass but provided the right tools to develop his game he’d be a steal for any team though he’d also require more upper body strength. IMO.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      I have seen some highlight but not a full game this summer but wondering if Dan D’Antoni used his bro. Run n Gun system in this league. I have no problem with the system, all systems are good if applied when ready and properly. My issue (or coaching for that matter) is the lack of balanced rotation and player minute-managements to keep fresh legs and stamina on the floor. This system requires a considerable amount of constant energy to get the flow going there by reducing the defensive mentality. By outscoring opponent early, he are hoping to keep that lead and not catch up with their speed. Since it is a very quick pace and often times a high scoring game, the flaws always show during closing or crucial times of the game (MDA does not make set plays) when everyone is almost gassed out and is hard to keep them balanced with fresh legs when the rotation is just for a few. That is what I am so worried about. One thing for sure, not unless they get another one or two more cheap ones from F/A, they’ll be forced to add from these young leagued to complete the bench, if they will have playing time, only MDA will knows. I am pleading my case because he is used to 7-8 player rotation.

      • Daryl Peek

        No time to prepare coupled with too much conflict was the problem last season. The rotations had to be what they were given the aforementioned, coupled with the 1-9 injuries all season. No matter who was coaching last season, short rotations would’ve been the mandate. Mike Brown had the same issue in 11-12. Phil never ran deep rotations. From 2001 thru 2013, Kobe only had 2 seasons under 37 minutes a game average. In contrast, Nash never averaged over 35.5 minutes a game under D’Antoni in Phoenix.

        D’Antoni’s rotations were extremely deep when he was grooming his teams early on. When they were in contention he shortened them like all good head coaches do. The only reason I defend D’Antoni, is because people take a narrow minded perspective in the moment when critiquing a coach who hasn’t won the big one. The list of championship experienced head coaches is short, everyone’s a loser until they win.

        Is Eric Spoelstra really that great of a HC, or is it simply the fact that he has the best player in the game on his team?

        • Eddie Lazaro

          I see your point and argument there and I agree with you on most of them. But the difference on what I do see is his system being great as it was, is over looking some factors to continuously elevate the team to another level. Like Kobe’s work ethics and dedication, finding ways to keep himself hungry, desiring perfection to make his game better.
          MDA’s pattern is like running a Thorough bred sprinter on a mile a quarter race, hoping to reach the finish line before everyone catches up to him. I was saying he could have polish some sharp edges, to have more cushions, giving him an extra advantage to have something to fall back on. If you look at his career, he was the most dominant coach every year when it comes to the highest scoring team, but it lacks the finishing touches to make it to the top. That just tells us that though the system is that great, there are still some flaws, elements or issues to be tweaked or revised. Like cooking for example, you can have the best meat ever available but if you over seasoned or not season it well enough, the meal will just come out just ordinary, and that is what I am talking about. He’s got some great players in Nash, Pau and Kobe whose hunger for winning is second to none, who can help keep his roster motivated. Inspired to work and find ways to elevate their games on top of everyone else. All these years, he is probably wondering what separates him from the best and can look into it and find the missing elements to reach greatness or he maybe contented with having a season of just making it to the playoffs but it will just be another lost nonetheless .
          The average turn over of coaching jobs nowadays are between 3-4 years. Being so competitive and is strenuously demanding. Like great players, they need to have something new to apply every so often. One way or another, your opponents are partly using your system or they already found ways to defend your plays and since he does not have a good defensive track record on his resume, he will find himself and his team going on vacations again and again earlier than everybody.

          • Daryl Peek

            Miami is running the D’Antoni system to near perfection with LeBron. The Spurs run variations of the D’Antoni system. The Showtime Lakers did also. John Wooden ran the same old boring routine over and over. With Kareem and Walton, it was unbeatable. Without them they were still great but beatable. There’s a reason Phil only coaches the team with the most dominant player on it.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            Totally understood, but Spoelstra was cut from the same cloth as the Showtime Lakers was, which is Pat Riley, and they have a lot of younger legs in Miami (and uses up to 11 player rotation) than the Lakers, which makes my argument more valid. To top it of, MDA is no Pat Riley, not even close. He does not do set plays on critical periods and crucial times. He relied mostly on his most open man to take the shot, regarding John Wooden, not taking anything away from him. He will not be able to duplicate the same record if he will apply it today, the game has changed a lot, it is quicker and players nowadays are shooting farther and farther than before, though the scores are a lot lower because the intensity of the defense and match ups are assigned, plus adding variations of one on one, doubles and sometimes even triples, corralling the ball handler not just playing zone like they used to.

          • Daryl Peek

            So then you are against the boring routine Tex Winter taught to Phil Jackson? Woodens offense uses many of the same read and react principles of the triangle. I could be wrong but Tex likely got the idea from coach Wooden.

      • JeboDaBalla

        Dan blew,the game with his rotation..but they had a good balance of p&r and post UPS and iso’s

  • JeboDaBalla

    I watched game last night… Sacre has improved immensely his post up moves are already more advanced than Dwight Coward.. just not even close to athletic as c12.. CDR’s pesky defense and lightning quickness and remarkable ball handling skills were on full display just needs to have more confidence in his jump shot off the p&r.. Elias and Lester were also very very very impressive with their defense and offense Marcus Landry is a absolute pure 3 point shooter in his defense also surprised and impressed me..
    ((but all in all coach Dan blew the game in the third quarter by playing the second unit way too long)) our starters had this game in the bag the balance the hustle and the teamwork was magnificent.. they were making Bazemore look below average until he got hot on the second unit

    • Jim213

      For our sake, hopefully Dumbtoni learns from this to better manage the team next season.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      That is what I was afraid of. This system or any system for that matter are great if it is applied with readiness, coached properly and intelligently. By maxing the players time on the floor means it is are depleting it self of it’s resources and giving away the chance of winning, especially in an 82 game series + playoffs if it even make it that far It also leaves team with unbalanced vulnerable roster, not finishing strong, having unit gassed out and not being able to match up the intensity of the opponents potent shooter.

      Any team can be beat by another team but not by one scorer alone. It is all about putting a balanced coordinated pieces that plays great on both ends of the floor. Using proper rotations and player minute managements to always keeping the fresh legs on the floor.
      well what else can I say, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. mi2cents.

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