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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:15 pm    Post subject: LAKERS -at- RAPTORS – 1-28-18 - Thoughts and :-(( Ratings

Moving On… Toronto has one of the best home records in the league. If we were going to take a win here, we would need to bring our A game.

Unfortunately, we were a flat C at best.

The starters fell back by 10 points early and that was the difference at halftime as the team gave up 59 points. Far too many. They were allowing the Raptors too many transition opportunities and weren’t making it tough for them around the rim.

The Lakers would trim the lead some in the third quarter, but by early in the fourth they would trail by as many as 22 points.

“We just didn’t play well enough to be a team like this on the road,” Luke said.

Aside from some sporadic moments from a few players, they were never able to collectively impose themselves on the Raptors. They fell 123-111 to the Raptors (once again).

They weren’t going undefeated on this road trip. Move on and take the next one.


Randle -- -- He was the only one bringing it in the first half as he had a 13-10 double-double after two quarters. He blew past Valanciunas in the second quarter for a score and popped him in the nose as he finished. On the other end, he then got shoved to the ground on the defensive glass by Valanciunas. “I love that. I live for that…I just play physical. Some people don’t like it,” Randle said. I love chippy Randle. Julius popped up from the floor, went after him and was restrained. Double techs. He knocks guys around with his physicality and that was no different tonight. You need someone like that in hostile environment. “We got someone who’s physical on our team who stands up so we don’t get pushed around,” Luke said. Love that from him. Sure would be nice to have him in the playoffs sometime. Limited minutes in the second half as we went to garbage time a bit later in the fourth quarter. Good passing in this game. Mostly just simple, fast passes to open men for scores. Also, props for knocking those FTs down. Good job. The Stats: He scored 17 points on 5-11 shooting (7-8 from the line) to go with 10 boards (4 offensive), 5 assists, 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 25 minutes. He was a -12. The Action: He missed a jumper from the top of the key. He iso’d on the right side, attacked right and finished with his left (he and Luke were ticked they didn’t get an And-1 call). He hit Ennis for the three. He missed a tough shot across the middle of the paint on iso. He attacked down the middle of the paint, missed, but tipped it back in. He pulled down an offensive board between defenders and powered in the score (might have been fouled again). He forced up a miss on a tough drive in transition. Lazy perimeter screen out of a timeout, turnover. He hit a cutting Ingram for the And-1 layup. He faced up at the elbow, attacked left and scored off the glass. He was then shoved on the defensive glass and took exception (double tech on both…no flagrant), he made one FT. He sized up his man, attacked across the lane to his left and scored a jumphook. He crashed the glass on the KCP missed drive and drew FTs, he made both. Second Half: He missed a fade in the post. Good job going vertical on D to deny a drive. Strong attack and he drew FTs, he made both. Fouled on a post entry pass for FTs, he made both.

Ingram -- -- He missed several attempts from the midrange to start the game. He couldn’t even hit from the FT line. Just stone cold, going 2-10 from the floor and 0-3 from the line in the first half. Hard to compete with that kind of lack of production from BI. He picked it up in the second half, hitting most of his FTs and sinking a three, but we could never impose our collective will on the opponent. That’s where you want to see our young guys grow. Impose yourself on the road and keep your team in the hunt. Can’t have flat 14-point games on 14 shots from our key guys. The Stats: He scored 14 points on 4-14 shooting (1-1 from three, 5-9 from the line) to go with 6 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 35 minutes. He was a -6. The Action: He missed a long pull-up jumper to start. He sank a wing three on a swing pass in early offense. He missed an elbow pull-up jumper. He missed a 12-footer in early offense. He iso’d and missed a drive out of a timeout. He missed a short one in the paint. Wow, awful no call in transition and he missed the layup. He missed a short one. He cut down the lane, took the feed from Randle and scored the And-1 layup, he missed the FT. He drew FTs on the perimeter foul, he bricked both. He was tied up a drive in transition (against a small in the jumpball and he tipped it out of bounds). Second Half: He made a tough, forced turnaround in the paint on iso to start the half. He attacked in transition and drew FTs, he made both. He missed a layup on a drive, got it back and was fouled, he made both FTs. He missed a pull-up jumper. He drew FTs on a loose ball scramble, he made one. He swatted his man on iso D. He knocked a ball loose. He sank a pull-up at the FT line.

Lopez -- -- There was a key sequence in the third quarter that was a 6-point switch. We were chipping the lead down, Lopez drove for what looked like an And-1 score, but the refs called an offensive foul on Lopez. He then picked up a tech and the Raptors would also add a bucket to that on that trip down court. Not saying the Lakers would have played differently the rest of the way, but that was a key sequence in this one. The Lakers were a -10 in Lopez’s 9-minute stint in the first half. Brook made just 1-5 during that stretch as we struggled to get the ball in the hole early on. Better minutes in the third as he sank a couple threes and had that And-1 that should have counted. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 3-10 shooting (2-4 from three) to go with 2 boards, 2 blocks, 1 turnover and 2 fouls in 17 minutes. He was a -9. The Action: He missed a turnaround in the post. Methodically backing his man down, he hit the baseline jumphook. He swatted a drive. He missed a three from the top of the arc. He missed an open 17-footer. Way short on a jumphook, looked pushed. Second Half: He sank a wing three when his man sagged off him. He sank another trailing the break. Wow, called for an odd offensive foul on a drive right to erase an And-1 (ridiculous call) and he got a tech on it (6-point switch eventually on that play). He missed a wing three. He forced a jumphook off an offensive board and missed. Not close on a tough, off-balance runner into traffic.

Caldwell-Pope -- -- Most of his offensive work was in the second half, where he sank all three if his threes. Some wild finish attempts on drives tonight. He and BI kept DeRozan reasonably in check (19 points on 18 attempts, but 7 assists). Enough D anyway if they didn’t let six others get into double digit scoring. A lot of switching, which would match him up with bigs at times. The Stats: He scored 16 points on 5-13 shooting (3-6 from three, 3-5 from the line) to go with 4 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal and no fouls in 34 minutes. He was a -1. The Action: He kept an offensive board alive. He missed a forced three. He swished an elbow pull-up jumper off the handoff. He was fouled on a corner three for FTs, he made two. He missed a one-dribble pull-up three. Awful D giving up an easy layup on a drive. He swiped a ball in the back court, missed the layup but Randle drew FTs on the cleanup. Second Half: He was blocked on a layup attempt. He sank a corner three in transition. He missed an open wing three. He sank an open three off the elevator screens. He missed a pull-up 19-footer (should have made one more pass). He attacked in transition and drew FTs, he made one. He sank a baseline pull-up jumper. He swished a three on a kickout. Wild spinning layup attempt trying to attack two defenders in transition. He missed a baseline floater.

Ennis -- -- He got benched a bit early in the second half. I think because we were letting Lowry get some running starts into the offensive end. He scored his only points off a three. No assists from Ennis. The Stats: He scored 3 points on 1-4 shooting (1-2 from three) to go with 2 boards, 2 steals, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls in 19 minutes. He was a -4. The Action: He swiped a ball, pushed it out and was called for an offensive foul using his off arm on the finish. He got bullied for a layup by Lowry for his second foul. He sank a three straight away on a kickout. Ill-conceived attack as we were running a motion that he ignored and he threw it away on the subsequent weird spacing. He missed a pull-up three in transition. Second Half: He bricked an 18-footer badly. He attacked left and missed a layup.

Kuzma -- -- Quiet first half, scoring 5 points and missing both his threes. Even more quiet in the second half aside for one dunk. It was a pretty good one, attacking out of the corner and hammering over his former teammate, Poeltl. He gave him a nice stare to afterward. “I just saw him and I really wanted to dunk it,” Kuzma said. Love it went he tries to throwdown on someone. Not the greatest shot selection at times from Kuzma and some poor decisions (resulting in 3 turnovers). The Stats: He scored 7 points on 3-9 shooting (0-4 from three, 1-2 from the line) to go with 4 boards, 1 steal, 3 turnovers and no fouls in 23 minutes. He was a -7. The Action: He attacked, spun and hit the 15-foot turnaround. He missed a three from the top of the arc. He missed a corner jumper on the inbounds (didn’t step back into three range). He missed a tough one-footed running jumper from the elbow. He drew FTs on the defensive glass, he made one. Quick attack off the pick and pop and he scored a layup. Second Half: He attacked from the corner and slammed (should have been an And-1). He attacked a crowd in transition and traveled before throwing it away. Not close on a three in transition after pushing up a board. Wild shot off a spin in the paint (should have fed an open teammate). He missed a sideline three. Off the mark on a pass to Nance, turnover.

Clarkson -- -- He struggled from three early on, coming up short on open looks. He bricked a couple more threes in the second half. He’s really been clanking from three lately. He was able to manufacture some much needed points from the line in the second quarter, but finished just 1-6 shooting in the first half. To start the fourth quarter he had a series of scores from midrange and on the break. That was working, so I guess he felt like he could hit this threes again, but clanked badly. The Stats: He scored 17 points on 6-13 shooting (0-4 from three, 5-5 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 2 assists, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls in 22 minutes. He was a -12. The Action: He missed a pull-up 17-footer. He attacked against the shotclock and missed the drive, but Larry cleaned up the dribble penetration. He missed a tough drive against the shotclock. He hit Nance in the paint for the score. He made a tech FT. He missed a wing three on a kickout. He attacked the paint and drew FTS, he made both. He missed a wing three on a kickout, way short. He was undercut on a pull-up And-1 15-footer that he sank, he made the FT. Second Half: Low pass to Kuzma on the screen-roll, turnover. He sank a pull-up wing jumper. He was called for a charge on the break. He sank a pull-up wing jumper off the screen. He challenged a shot, grabbed the rebound, pushed it out, changed directions around the defender and scored the And-1 layup, he made the FT. Another wing jumper working off the high screen. Off the mark on a pass to Nance, turnover. He worked off the double drag screen and lobbed to Nance for the dunk. Way short on a three. Bad possession, pounding the dribble, then heaving a bricked three (Why? You haven’t sniffed a three all game). He attacked and charged with a lowered shoulder. He hit a floater off the quick passing sequence from Nance.

Nance -- -- Good scoring first half from Nance at the C spot with 9 points on 4-5 shooting. He was finishing around the rim, but also hit a jumper. Very active in this game. Love it when he’s aggressive on the perimeter. He had a couple steals there tonight…as well as a gamble and miss, but I don’t mind him gambling on the perimeter, especially at the PF spot. One of the few who was balling on both ends. Waste of a good game from Nance. The Stats: He scored 15 points on 7-8 shooting (1-1 from the line) to go with 8 boards (3 offensive), 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 fouls in 25 minutes. He was a -6. The Action: He scored an And-1 putback off JC’s missed drive, he made the FT. He dunked off the drive and dish from Caruso in transition. He quickly threw in a score off a pass from JC in the middle of the paint. He sank the pick-and-pop jumper from the top of the key. Second Half: Nice perimeter challenge on a three to get a stop. He swiped a perimeter pass to ignite the break. He knocked a ball off a man to get a stop. He dunked off the lob from JC rolling off the double drag screen. He tapped out an offensive board. He stripped his man on the perimeter, then set up JC shortly later. He scored off a jumphook. He gambled for a steal and came up empty. He grabbed an offensive board, pumped and flipped it in like Wilt. He hit Caruso for a baseline jumper.

Hart -- -- Very quiet start to this game. No positive impact on D and a nonfactor on the other end. In the second half, he bricked a couple more FTs. Got to clean that up. The Stats: He didn’t score on 0-1 shooting from three (0-2 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 1 turnover and no fouls. The Action: No boxout and he gave up a putback. Second Half: He couldn’t finish an And-1 layup on the break, he missed both FTs. He missed a three straight away, then threw the ball away.

Caruso -- -- So few positives in this one that I’ll focus on the good stuff from him. He got in on a nice throwdown in the first half of this one as he crossed over his man badly, then the help defender and threw down with both hands. He’d finish with double-digit scoring, which included a three and about a 13-foot hook across the lane. Good to see him continue to be effective on the offensive end. He led the team with 5 assists. The Stats: He scored 11 points on 5-6 shooting (1-2 from three) to go with 4 boards, 5 assists, 2 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 18 minutes. He was a +4. The Action: He couldn’t hit Nance on the lob. Transition attack, he drew the D and dumped it to Nance for the dunk. He crossed over two defenders and threw down the slam. He hit Nance on the pick and pop for the jumper. Awful bounce pass, turnover and FTs the other way. Second Half: He hit Nance for a score. He attacked off the three line and scored a layup off two long steps. He sank a three when the D went under. Wow, he hit a 13-foot hook across the lane. He swished a baseline jumper when Nance found him. He bricked a three, got it back and hit Hayes for a score.

Hayes -- -- He got in to start the fourth quarter. So not quite garbage time yet. He’d play 10 minutes and score 3 points on an And-1 at the end of the game. He missed both threes he took. Luke mentioned the swing-swing pass he made in the fourth as a play that stuck out. Good job knocking down your only FT attempt to improve our percentage. The Stats: He scored 3 points on 1-3 shooting (0-2 from the line) to go with 2 assists and no fouls in 10 minutes. He was a +7. The Action: He did not play in the first half. Second Half: He missed a sideline three. He missed a three on a kickout. We got it back to him, he attacked and scored the And-1 layup, he made the FT.

Walton -- -- Team came out very flat today. Give some credit to the Raptors… Down 13-7 when Luke called the first timeout. Ingram not hitting from midrange early on… Down 19-10 with 5 minutes left and JC came in for Ennis… Nance in for Lopez, down 10 with 2:43… Caruso in for Ingram and Kuzma in for Randle with 2 minutes left, down 8… The Lakers trailed 28-21 after the first… He started the Nance, Kuzma, Hart, JC, Caruso lineup… Raptors were beating the Lakers in transition and Luke called a timeout down 12 after an 8-1 run… Ingram in for Hart out of that… Randle in for Nance and Ennis in for Caruso. Lakers down 13 with 6 to go… KCP in for JC… Only Randle seemingly coming to play in this one… The Lakers trailed 59-49 at the half. Bench out-scored, team out-rebounded and out-shot. Lakers shot just 36.7%, making only 2-10 from three and 11-17 from the line… Some good three shooting by the Lakers and they cut the lead in half until they got jobbed by the refs on a 6-point switch… Caruso in for Ennis after 5 minutes down 10… Down 9 and Nance in for Lopez… Too many missed layups and FTs… The Lakers trailed 91-77 heading into the fourth… He started a Nance, Kuzma, Hayes, Hart, JC lineup… Good start by JC, but the Lakers gave up a series of threes and fell back behind… Ingram in for Hayes. They fell back by 20… Down 22 timeout. He brought back in Hayes to go with Ingram, Nance, Caruso and KCP… They cut it back to 12 with 2:32 left to force a timeout… Hart and Ennis in for Ingram and KCP… Fred Vanvleet had 25 points for the Raptors. Very easy scores for him. Can’t let that happen…
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject:

Thanks DB.

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TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
Thanks DB.

Let's win the next 2 Lakers!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:47 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:32 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:59 am    Post subject:

Thanks DB. Bad effort by everyone.
Just forget this one and move on to the next game.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:12 am    Post subject:

Thanks again DB.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:25 am    Post subject:

Learning that the team has a lot of talent and is very young (translation: inconsistent)
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