Lakers News: Jud Buechler Expects Young Players To Continue Playing In Summer League Playoffs
Lakers Summer League Recap: Brandon Ingram Dominates, Lonzo Ball Struggles, L.a. Fall In Overtime
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers Summer League team is headed to the semifinals of the tournament this afternoon versus the Dallas Mavericks. After losing their first two games, the Lakers have reeled off four straight victories to earn a chance to play in the championship game tomorrow night.

With each passing game, the Lakers have played better and learned how to make the right play. Lonzo Ball has played very well as he continues to push the ball up the court for easier shot opportunities.

All the running up and down the floor and playing on consecutive nights has raised the question if Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler will rest his players. According to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, Buechler put that notion to rest and said he expects Ball and the other healthy players to play in today’s game.

It is understandable if Buechler wanted to rest his players but they have already gotten this far and want to end the summer with a championship. It also gives the players a glimpse of the regular season grind where they will have to play back-to-backs multiple times a season. The team deserves credit for making this far and keep in mind they have done it without Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart who suffered minor injuries and are sitting for precautionary reasons.

Standing in the way of a berth in the championship is Dennis Smith Jr. and the Mavs. Smith has arguably been the most impressive rookie of the Summer League so far. The skill he displayed at North Carolina State has translated very well into Summer League play. The Lakers have a challenge on their hands but if they keep playing the way they should they will be okay.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Will Represent Team At NBA Draft Lottery

After officially inking Luke Walton to a five-year deal, the Los Angeles Lakers rebuilding process is now in full swing…

D’Angelo Russell Discusses Being A Late Bloomer, Proving Doubters Wrong

As the second overall pick for the Los Angeles Lakers, there was a ton of pressure on D’Angelo Russell coming into this season…

Lakers News: LeBron James Was Initially ‘A Little Pissed Off’ With Kevin Durant, Disagrees It’s ‘Toxic’ Around Him & Has Moved On

Since the LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, plenty of focus has gone to which All-Star would follow suit and work to lead the franchise back to its championship…

Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Highlights

A much anticipated match up tonight between the Sacramento Kings and Los…