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Lakers 3-0 Week NSS Report!! 4 Straight Wins, Playoff Clinched!!

Lakers 3-0 Week NSS Report!! 4 Straight Wins, Playoff Clinched!!

                Lakers beat 76ers, Bucks and Clippers in the same week, all for the 1st time this season.  Lakers’ this week also were the 1st team to clinch in the West.  What a week full of nonsense for the Lakers’ who put a silence to all the haters and doubters and fully stepped up to the challenge.  The Laker’s are now 49-13 with 20 games left to their season, let’s review some Laker’s Nonsense.

Lakers Win 120-107 Vs 76ers, Anthony Davis 37 Pts, 13 Reb

                The Lakers’ spoiled a big night by Glenn Robinson III, who put up 25 pts from the bench.  Even short handed they 76ers put up a fight but couldn’t get over a Laker’s team that was on a mission to split the season series.  Unfortunately for the 76ers was a downhill trip while in LA losing to both Clippers and Lakers.  76ers are fighting a hard battle trying to get back into the top 4 in the East, but missing Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons is hard to overcome.

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Lakers Win 113-103 Vs Bucks, Top of the East not enough for LeBron’s 37 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast

                If it seems like every night LeBron is flirting with a triple double is because he is.  For a game that had very high expectations from both sides it did not disappoint.  The difference in this game was the big 3rd quarter by the Lakers.  Davis had a consecutive game with 30 pts, got himself 9 Reb and 2 blocks.  The Lakers split the season series vs the Bucks, who are the favorite to win the East.

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                Maybe to soon or maybe just nonsense but some concern (or whispers) could be forming on the side of the Bucks who had a tough loss vs the Miami Heat.  The Bucks will also be without Giannis Antetokounmpo for the next 2 games at the Suns (Sunday) and Nuggets (Monday March 9t ) due to minor joint capsule sprain his left knee.

Lakers Win vs Clippers 112-103, Davis 3rd game consecutive game with at least 30 Pts

                Lakers’ win 4th straight game by beating the Clippers who were leading the series 2-0 and were undefeated when all their starters play.  This was the most watched game out of all 3 games due to that the Clippers are the Lakers’ biggest threat in the West.  The Clippers stars were hot with Leonard 27 Pts, Paul George 31 Pts and Montrezl Harrell, off the bench, with 20 Pts, but it was the Lakers defense that came up big when they needed the most.

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Lakers Winning Factors

  • Consistency of Stars: Lebron James & Anthony Davis
  • Bench Production: Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, Alex Caruso and The Lakers’ bench mob are consistently contributing to the game

Concern

  • LeBron’s Minutes.  LeBron led in minutes played vs Bucks with 37 Mins and Clippers with 35 mins, adding 34 Mins against the Sixers.  The Concern is LeBron already in playoff mode and just getting comfortable with playing that many minutes or could he hit a wall at some point in the playoffs and may burn himself out at the most inconvenient of times.

Week Grade – A+

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Lakers @ Mavs!! LeBron vs Luka Last Regular Season Game!!

Lakers @ Mavs!! LeBron vs Luka

Last Regular Season Game!!

            This is the last meeting between LeBron & Luka of what has been a great series between this 2 teams.  The Lakers at 30-7 lead the West, 7 games ahead of the Mavs 23-14, who sit in the 6th seed.  So the Lakers are putting on another winning streak, 6 this time, against the Mavs.  The previous 3 meetings could be summarized like this:

Game 1 – LeBron & Luka both had triple-doubles

Game 2 – Mavs ended Lakers 10 game winning streak

Game 3 – 9k Assist Milestone for LeBron reached

Game 4 – ?????????????? Going to be some Nonsense!!!

            The Lakers will more than likely be without Anthony Davis, due to the hard fall he took against the Knicks.  While the Mavs will be without Kristaps Porzingis for another game.  Both of the injuries put full focus on LeBron and Luka and what they can do for their teams.  The crazy thing about talking about Luka and LeBron is how their stats matchup in relation to their NBA experience (or age):

Stats & RankLeBron (35 Years Young)Luka (20 Years Old)
Points25.1 (11th)29.6 (3rd)
Rebounds7.8 (26th)9.7 (16th)
Assist10.8 (1st)9 (3rd)
Double-Doubles2823
Triple-Doubles911

            Most of ESPN comparison is to Luka and LeBron rookies and sophomore years and I don’t think they are right.  The real comparison or better story is the right now.  Both sides of the stories between the players is absolute greatness.  LeBron with the Lakers already on his 16th season working to bring a championship to the Lakers.  Luka a sophomore in the league breaking the boundaries and redefining everything for the Mavericks.

            The LeBron Legacy will end this decade and is up to players like Luka, Giannis, Trae Young and many more to start their take over.  That’s exciting who will close out the years to come and fully take over, is exciting is nonsense.

            More about the game, Seth Curry is underrated and is proving that he can shoot the 3 and create for others. It would be fun to see Curry and Danny Green go on a 3 point shoot-out.  JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard combined 12.7 rebounds for the Lakers, who the Mavs need to contain out of the paint.

            Lastly, all eyes will be on Kyle Kuzma.  Kuzma is the mist of trade rumors while averaging 12 Ppg, 3.6 Reb in 23.4 Minutes for the Lakers.  Possible trade include deals for Bogdan Bogdanovich, Marcus Morris, Robert Covington and some others not worth mentioning.  Kuzma has an opportunity to show what he can do with more touches to show the Lakers and other teams.

Pick: Lakers

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NSS lakers Report – 30 Wins, Kuzma Rumors, AD & LeBron Nonsense

Lakers’ NSS Report – 30 Wins, Kuzma Rumors, AD & LeBron Nonsense

                The Lakers’ 30-7 record has them at the top of the West, comfortably 4 games ahead of the Nuggets and after beating the Knicks.  Lakers’ home record is 15-4, while the Knicks away record is 10-27, so win 30 was almost guaranteed..  Lakers are on another 5 game winning streak, while the Kyle Kuzma trade rumors are gaining traction.  Let’s talk some Laker’s Nonsense.

Winning

                The Lakers’ are following their 4 game losing streak with a 6 game winning streak.  The best of the wins was against Luka and the Mavericks.  Other than the Lakers continue to beat up on all the weaker that are under 500.  Beating those teams under 500 is exactly what the Lakers need to keep doing, because it works.  We have seen teams led by LeBron’ worry more about making the playoffs and taking a comfortable seeding that beating good teams in the regular season.

                Remember when LeBron was back with Cavaliers and they got swept by the Raptors in the regular season.  And then come the playoffs and the Cavs may quick work of them, yea exactly, watch out Clippers.  The Lakers are playing the Knicks tonight for win 30.  If the Lakers continue this formula and are successful they will be able to manage their players (LeBron & AD) minutes a lot better without having to load manage (sit out games like the Kawhi and PG).

                The Lakers are already a dominant team and having home court advantage makes them even more dangerous.  While the real worry is the Clippers, that team is starting out to have many issues of their own and learning that Kawhi made not be able to save them every time.

Losing

                Lakers 4 game losing streak included the Pacers, Bucks, Nuggets and the Clippers.  Maybe it didn’t even matter because they kept the top spot in West.  The great thing about winning the games that you should (in other words beating up on the little teams) is that it gives you room error.  Call it “room for error” or “margin for error” or “how many losses can they take before hitting the panic button error”.

                Regardless, the Lakers loss to 4 teams with winning records and should all be making the playoffs in their conference.  No time to hit the panic button but just makes you wonder if the Lakers’ will be about to flip the switch, when they need to.

Kyle Kuzma Rumors & Packages

                Honestly, it’s weird seeing all this trade rumors out on Kuzma because “is Kuzma” and also because the Lakers are winning.  Kuzma seemed to be destined to be 3rd of the big 3 for the Lakers alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James.  But, hey here we are and can’t say that it should be fully surprising.  The truth is that any team ran by LeBron will always seem to be into some type of trade or always making moves to improve. 

At the end of the day, Kuzma provides lots of upside offensively but still kind of the wild card in the Lakers team.  Hence why Kuzma is in the news, even after performing and his demeanor to bounce back from injuries. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hasn’t been a bright spot for the Lakers, a better argument towards him.  Kuzma fit with the Lakers is also in question but to me it has to be deeper than that while consistency is an issue, once again KCP is out there. So.

But seriously why Kuzma? Is it the hair? Maybe is the fact he injury prone? Maybe the whole scene with the trainer and the conversation LeBron’s work ethic.  Maybe Kuzma is the one behind all this and feels like he won’t be able to shine in the shadow of LeBron and AD, which would make sense.  Kuzma could be looking at how good former Lakers are doing, especially Brandon Ingram blossoming with the Pelicans.  Kuzma could feel that he could be that type of player and just winning games may not be enough. 

Kuzma has been set as a bench player, knowing that he could be a starter in another team.  Lastly, Kuzma is the only other scorer consistently putting up 11.8 ppg, so why would the Lakers want to give up a scorer.  The price tag on Kuzma is pretty high and getting depth and playmaking could be a good return for the Lakers.

                The best package for Kuzma includes Bogdan Bogdanovic, who gives the Lakers a consistent shooter and play maker.  Also, Bogdan defends.  The Lakers are in win now mode, making every player not name LeBron or AD expendable.

                Replacing Kuzma shouldn’t be too hard, especially if the trade brings in Bogdan who takes on the scoring role and gives them an upgrade at SG position.  The real X-factor for the Lakers will be the potential opportunity for Kostas Antetokounmpo who has been tearing up the G-League with dunk highlights and more.  Kostas is also a fan favorite, being Giannis brother but also a young highlight machine who is already on a two way contract.  The movement for Kuzma may just be a matter of time.

Nonsense Conclusion

  • Anthony Davis (27.7 ppg) and LeBron James (24.9 ppg) lead the Lakers in scoring.  Kyle Kuzma who they are trying to trade is the only other player averaging in the double digits in scoring.
  • Davis leads the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks
  • LeBron leads the team and the NBA in assist with 11 per game.
  • Alex Caruso is getting plenty of All Star votes only averaging 5.6 points per game.

As fun as it is watching the Lakers every week, because they have the most televised games, they really are showing to be a team of 2 extremes.  Either they are all rolling or the game is a no contest, regardless of the score, some games were not in doubt.  Or they are at the other extreme in which it seems like the only play they have is to feed Davis and then just go back to playing defense.  Lastly, also from watching them in close games is it just me or LeBron turnover statistics in the last 5 minutes of the game are going to become a thing?

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NSS NBA Daily: Lakers @ Jazz – frustration, Lakers’ season plan, game preview, Updates & Predictions

NSS NBA Daily: Lakers @ Jazz – frustration, Lakers’ season plan, game preview, Updates & Predictions

**The Lakers’ are my wife’s team that bring her joy (huge Kobe fan) and the Jazz are the team that is causing me extreme frustration**

So let’s get started!!

                Want to know the fastest way to ruin my day, ask me how the Jazz are doing? And that would set me off on a rant that will continue long after you are done with the conversation and long gone to your daily doings.  So imagine my struggled as I am writing this right now.  Just saying, how some of the Jazz’ fans are starting to feel about the team plot holes, I BEEN THERE THE WHOLE TIME AND NOBODY WANT IT TO LISTEN WHEN I WAS TRYING TO TELL THEM!!! THE PLOT HOLES HAVE BEEN THERE THE WHOLE TIME!!

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                The Jazz have a 12-9 record, good enough for the 6th spot in the West and trending down thanks to a 2 game losing.  Also doesn’t help that they 1-5 in the last 5 games.  The Jazz need to start making changes not just to the way that they play but also be looking at improving the roster.  But for now, let’s just talk about the 21 assist that they average per game and the turnovers at 15.5 per game, which should be addressed right away starting in the matchup vs the Lakers.

                Mike Conley, as he should as the most experienced playmaker of the team, is the assist leader for the Jazz averaging 4.6.  Unfortunately, 4.6 is not enough, Conley hasn’t led in assist the last 3 games and still dealing with his hamstring injury.  So the question is who will step up? Because nobody has been doing it. 

                Looking at the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell leads the offense and Rudy Gobert leads the defense.  Bojan Bogdanovic has had a couple good games and Royce O’Neale all-around game is picking up where it left of last year.  Facing the Lakers at home does bring confidence due to the 8-1 Home record, but finding any other positive for the Jazz won’t be easy.

                The Lakers have been rolling with an 18-3 record sitting at the top of West.  And yea you can argue that they haven’t beaten anybody significant, because truly haven’t.  Before beating the Nuggets, they most meaningful win has been against the Mavericks, who they loss to when facing them the 2nd time.  The Lakers whether (more like “are) benefitting from their scheduled and they are also winning the games that they should.

                The game plan for LeBron, AD and the Lakers is to make to the playoffs and then turn up the gear and start prepping and planning for teams like the Clippers and Bucks.  82 games in the season and only 8 playoff spot, nobody can be thinking championship without getting to the playoffs, Lakers know this.  The Lakers real season starts in the playoffs.

Lakers @ Jazz Preview, Updates & Predictions:

Preview

  • 4 Game series, Lakers 1-0.
  • Lakers are on a 3 game road trip that started with Denver and are playing back to back against the Jazz
  • Jazz will be home for the next 3 games, starting with Lakers

Game Updates

  • Mike Conley has been ruled out for the game
  • Anthony Davis may play, but still unclear.

Predictions / Nonsense Watch

  • With AD, still unclear status, LeBron may be prepping to for a bigger offensive role and may look to bully ball the Jazz
  • Jazz PG rotation will be tested, especially Emmanuel Mudiay, who needs to score more than 2 points if he wants to keep from fully falling out the rotation.
  • Gobert (13.7 Reb) has to deal with JaVale McGee (6.4 Reb) and Dwight Howard (6.9 Reb) on the glass.
  • Jazz may need more than the scoring breakout from Donovan Mitchell to get his win.

Pick: Lakers Win.  I make this pick with great pain.