The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t sustain a furious 2nd Half comeback, falling to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 119-112. In this installment of Laker Film Room, I take a look at the anemic offensive production of the starting lineup, the combined efforts of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, the 27-4 run that got the Lakers back into the game, and the 11-0 Pelicans run that closed it out. Continue Reading…

The Lakers lost Sunday, but it was an entertaining game and we saw an impassioned comeback from LA. Here’s how the data says the team performed:

The Laker Offense

We’ve had -25.7, +9.0, and now -2.6 point performances from LA relative to the expectation (what an average team would’ve scored had they taken the same shots).

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Expectations for Lonzo Ball are high. Comments from Magic Johnson and LaVar Ball aren’t doing anything to lower those expectations, and those comments makes me cringe just a little. Rookie guards often struggle to adjust to the NBA. We know this. But we also know that Lonzo has an amazing passing skills, and just Lonzo Ball pass-ahead outlets alone can alter possessions and enough of them can change games.

But what impact does this really have? How valuable are these passes, and how frequent are they? One highlight pass a game is a lot different from a consistent barrage of outlet passes generating transition looks. We’ll look to the first couple games of the year to see how great this impact has been.

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The Lakers fell to 1-2 on the season, losing an entertaining yet in some ways frustrating game to the Pelicans 119-112. The game wasn’t so much a back and forth affair as much as it was a contest where both teams put their stamp on the game, only for the Pelicans superior top-end talent to win out in the end.

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The Lakers are coming off a fun 132-130 win over the Suns and are looking to keep things rolling against the winless (0-2) Pelicans. The good news is that the Lakers are back at home and the Pelicans are coming off a cross country flight after losing to the Warriors on Friday. More good news is that the Pelicans haven’t yet won a game, sitting at 0-2.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that the Pelicans have Anthony Davis. And DeMarcus Cousins. And Jrue Holiday. They may not have much more than that (Rajon Rondo and several other rotation players are injured), but when you have three players the quality of them — especially Davis and Cousins who are two of the best bigs in the league — some nights you don’t need much more.

The question, then, is whether the Lakers have enough defensively in the front court and depth across the rest of their rotation to manage NOLA’s twin-towers and secondary units which will be shallow on strong NBA talent.

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The Los Angeles Lakers got their first win of the season on Friday night, in an exciting, defense-optional matchup with the Phoenix Suns. Lonzo Ball just missed becoming the youngest player in the NBA history to record a triple-double, notching 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists on 12-27 from the field. Not to be outdone, Brandon Ingram had a scorching shooting performance in the 1st half, tallying a career-high 24 points on 9-14 shooting.

In this installment of Laker Film Room, I look at Lonzo Ball’s domination via his usual outlet passes and not-so-usual pick and roll scoring, Brandon Ingram’s efficient performance, and even show Corey Brewer some love for his excellent work against Devin Booker on the defensive end. Continue Reading…

The Lakers’ first “W” is in the books after a nice bounceback performance against Phoenix on Friday night. Let’s peer into the Lakers data for a look at how the team executed.

 

Lakers Offense

The Lakers offense turned it around against the Suns, fresh off of an abysmal performance against the Clippers. Their game one Created Points Over Expectation was -25.7, meaning that an average team would have scored 25.7 points more on the same shots as the Lakers took. The team looked different this game, and it showed in the data.

The Laker offense this game was actually better than average, scoring 9 points more than we’d expect of them. Continue Reading…

On the second night of a back to back, on the road, and coming off a one sided loss in their home opener I did not know what to expect from the Lakers. Would they come out flat again? Discouraged? Would they play hard and compete? I really didn’t know.

After a 132-130 win against the Suns, maybe I shouldn’t have had so many doubts. Or maybe it was just one game and they won’t always be this fun. Either way, I’m going to enjoy this win for what it was. A fun contest that saw the cornerstone young players show out and some key veterans really play well, showing the poise and resiliency to keep the game close and seize control when it really mattered.

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