Lakers Vs. Trail Blazers Preview: L.A. Looks To Maintain Momentum

At 2-3 on the preseason following their 85-70 win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers look to maintain some of the positive momentum against a new-look Portland Trail Blazers (3-2) team that has replaced four-fifths of last year’s starting lineup in tonight’s contest.

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Their previous game may have been shortened due to extreme court conditions, but there were several positive developments that can now be built upon as they face an almost entirely revamped 2015-16 Blazers team. Kobe Bryant may still be out due to precautionary measures, but it appears his teammates could be rounding into form and learning how to play alongside one another.

Frontcourt:

Three-point shooting big man Meyers Leonard has worked his way throughout the ranks within the organization and now replaces Robin Lopez (New York Knicks) at the starting center, while Mason Plumlee and a familiar face in Ed Davis look to split time at the power forward position (depending upon the lineup) in order to offset the production lost with LaMarcus Aldridge’s (San Antonio Spurs) departure.

Their frontline also features another replacement as small forward Al-Farouq Aminu was signed to fill the void left by Nicholas Batum (traded to the Charlotte Hornets). Between Plumlee and Leonard’s mobility and athleticism, look for the Blazers bigs to get out in transition whenever possible and to try to force Roy Hibbert into defending (especially Leonard) around the perimeter and on the move. On the flipside, the Lakers bigs could have an advantage on the backboards and beneath the rim if they are able to establish position against a more slender Portland frontline.

Backcourt:

Portland is still led by its explosive point guard Damian Lillard, but he is now joined by Wes Matthews’ replacement at shooting guard, C.J. McCollum. It will be interesting to see what type of defensive pressure Coach Terry Stotts is able to get from his backcourt, as both Lillard and McCollum have traditionally been known for their individual offensive contributions.

As most coaches do in the preseason, Stotts has mixed-and-matched his rotations in order to see how effective some of his small-ball options can be which has permitted guys like Allen Crabbe and free agent additions Gerald Henderson and Maurice Harkless to shift between several positions around the perimeter. Even in Bryant’s absence, this matchup could ultimately boil down to which backcourt can collectively play the most efficiently and effectively.

Keys to Victory:

Defend the Three-Point Line: The Blazers have attempted 155 three-pointers through just five games (31 attempts per game) and even though they’ve made just 36 percent over that stretch, it is clear how Portland wants to attack. Even in transition situations, they are liable to find a shooter camping out behind the arc, so the Lakers will have to pay specific attention to running shooters off the line and recovering to the open man once a teammate adjusts or provides assistance. The defensive rotations and all-around communication will be key.

Continue to Move the Ball on Offense: Regardless of the lineup, the offense simply looks better when players elect to move the ball rather than settling for isolation plays. It’s much easier to do that when you have multiple playmakers to spread throughout the game, as the Lakers have when D’Angelo Russell and Marcelo Huertas are each available. Russell and Clarkson continue to develop chemistry while on the court together, so the staff could conceivably begin tentatively setting what their eventual rotations will look like with Huertas appearing to have a good chance of making this roster.

Limit Turnovers and Create Points Off Takeaways: Turnovers are generally a concern for any young team, but these Lakers generally do a good job of taking care of the ball (13 or less turnovers through four of the six preseason games). With the Blazers in their own state of transition, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Lakers to actually look to create turnovers and get out on the break as well.

Portland Trail Blazers (3-2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)
7:30 PM, October 19, 2015
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TWC SportsNet / NBA TV
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Trail Blazers Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Damian Lillard
SG: Allen Crabbe
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu
PF: Mason Plumlee
C: Meyers Leonard

Key Reserves: PF: Ed Davis, SG: Gerald Henderson (out), SF: Maurice Harkless

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Anthony Brown
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert

Key Reserves: SG: Lou Williams, PG: Marcelo Huertas, SG: Nick Young, C: Robert Upshaw

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Roster battles to watch for:
JBrown vs Frazier vs MWP vs Holmes = 1 spot
Sacre vs Black vs Upshaw = 2 spots

  • Roster battles to watch for:
    JBrown vs Frazier vs MWP vs Holmes = 1 spot
    Sacre vs Black vs Upshaw = 2 spots

  • who will lead lakers in scoring tonight? my pick is randle but it will be close between him clarkson i just think the frontcourt matchup looks better.

  • who will lead lakers in scoring tonight? my pick is randle but it will be close between him clarkson i just think the frontcourt matchup looks better.

  • Brown/Frazier/MWP/Holmes intrigues me the most….none are likely to see a lot of PT even if selected, but it could say a lot as to how the FO wants to build the team moving forward.

  • Brown/Frazier/MWP/Holmes intrigues me the most….none are likely to see a lot of PT even if selected, but it could say a lot as to how the FO wants to build the team moving forward.

  • Brown/Frazier/MWP/Holmes intrigues me the most….none are likely to see a lot of PT even if selected, but it could say a lot as to how the FO wants to build the team moving forward.

  • I think the FO wants to keep MWP. You can find those other guys every year that go undrafted. Team already has a ton of youth, MWP can be a good mentor

  • I think the FO wants to keep MWP. You can find those other guys every year that go undrafted. Team already has a ton of youth, MWP can be a good mentor

  • Yeah, they definitely like MWP a lot — need to find a role for him, even if it’s not on the roster.

  • Yeah, they definitely like MWP a lot — need to find a role for him, even if it’s not on the roster.

  • I’d actually like to see the scrubs tonight — last chance to make the squad.

    Next game against GS should be final rotations.

  • I’d actually like to see the scrubs tonight — last chance to make the squad.

    Next game against GS should be final rotations.

  • Surprised no cuts have been made as yet. BS must really want to take a good look at all the prospects that we have

  • Surprised no cuts have been made as yet. BS must really want to take a good look at all the prospects that we have

  • On paper, this should be a victory for the Lakers. Though I believe Scott will give maximum minutes to the guys that’s trying to make the team. If I’m the coach, I’m playing to win. Even though it’s preseason, every victory takes us out of that losing mentality that’s been lurking us over the past few years. Also expect a big game from D’Angelo.

  • On paper, this should be a victory for the Lakers. Though I believe Scott will give maximum minutes to the guys that’s trying to make the team. If I’m the coach, I’m playing to win. Even though it’s preseason, every victory takes us out of that losing mentality that’s been lurking us over the past few years. Also expect a big game from D’Angelo.

  • as the 3rd SF off the bench mwp is perfect he only needs 5-7 mins a game and he can change the tensity of the game with his hustle and defense. plus he has proved that he can still hit a outside shot. my vote is mwp, send thise other guys to the d leugue

  • as the 3rd SF off the bench mwp is perfect he only needs 5-7 mins a game and he can change the tensity of the game with his hustle and defense. plus he has proved that he can still hit a outside shot. my vote is mwp, send thise other guys to the d leugue

  • Winning is always important. To me, a victory vs a good Portland team is more viable than playing our scrubs more minutes than needed. To beat GS followed by a victory vs Portland I believe will start a positive trend…….a trend of winning, and THATS more important than playing scrubs/ borderline scrubs trying to make the team.

  • Winning is always important. To me, a victory vs a good Portland team is more viable than playing our scrubs more minutes than needed. To beat GS followed by a victory vs Portland I believe will start a positive trend…….a trend of winning, and THATS more important than playing scrubs/ borderline scrubs trying to make the team.

  • Henderson has been out for the Blazers all pre-season after hip surgery. Meyers Leonard has been playing PF with Plumlee at C with Davis playing C and Vonleh at PF off the bench. I know it’s not your team but SMH

  • Henderson has been out for the Blazers all pre-season after hip surgery. Meyers Leonard has been playing PF with Plumlee at C with Davis playing C and Vonleh at PF off the bench. I know it’s not your team but SMH

  • I know, but this has been their starting line up / positions all pre season and he has someone in to start who is still recovering from surgery / hasn’t played for us yet. Just thought it was funny. Hope the game is fun to watch. Go Blazers!

  • He meant…the writer should know what is going on with teams, instead of just googling the current roster.

  • Should be able to win this one, even with everyone fighting for a roster spot.

  • He meant…the writer should know what is going on with teams, instead of just googling the current roster.

  • He meant…the writer should know what is going on with teams, instead of just googling the current roster.

  • Should be able to win this one, even with everyone fighting for a roster spot.

  • Should be able to win this one, even with everyone fighting for a roster spot.

  • @randy is in your camp.

    I get the argument, but would just as soon go with a project — might get lucky and develop a decent role player in the process.

  • @randy is in your camp.

    I get the argument, but would just as soon go with a project — might get lucky and develop a decent role player in the process.

  • That’s what the d-league is for. And MWP’s contract is non-guarenteed so he can be waived at any time

  • That’s what the d-league is for. And MWP’s contract is non-guarenteed so he can be waived at any time

  • Randle should be able to do whatever he wants with Plumlee /Vonleh/leonard who whoever they have on him. I expect a repeat performance of what he did against GS.

    Lillard and McCollum had 58 pts against the Jazz. Lillard took 27 shots and CJ took 23. And also has a combined 15 assists. Clarkson and Russell better make sure that floor isn’t wet. They’ll need the traction to man up against this volume shooting.

  • Randle should be able to do whatever he wants with Plumlee /Vonleh/leonard who whoever they have on him. I expect a repeat performance of what he did against GS.

    Lillard and McCollum had 58 pts against the Jazz. Lillard took 27 shots and CJ took 23. And also has a combined 15 assists. Clarkson and Russell better make sure that floor isn’t wet. They’ll need the traction to man up against this volume shooting.

  • Hate to say it, but I don’t think the Lakers have a perimeter defender who can stop either of those guys.

    I was hoping Clarkson would be the guy with his speed, but he’s just not there yet.

  • Hate to say it, but I don’t think the Lakers have a perimeter defender who can stop either of those guys.

    I was hoping Clarkson would be the guy with his speed, but he’s just not there yet.

  • Hate to say it, but I don’t think the Lakers have a perimeter defender who can stop either of those guys.

    I was hoping Clarkson would be the guy with his speed, but he’s just not there yet.

  • My final roster.

    PG – Russell
    SG – JC
    SF – Kobe
    PF – Randle (ok he’s starting to impress me. lol)
    C – Hibbert

    Reserves: Marcello, Lou Will, Nick Young, Bass, Upshaw, A.Brown, Larry Nance Jr, Ryan Kelly.

    Last two spots (for 15) – World Peace, T.Black

  • My final roster.

    PG – Russell
    SG – JC
    SF – Kobe
    PF – Randle (ok he’s starting to impress me. lol)
    C – Hibbert

    Reserves: Marcello, Lou Will, Nick Young, Bass, Upshaw, A.Brown, Larry Nance Jr, Ryan Kelly.

    Last two spots (for 15) – World Peace, T.Black

  • SMDH at this writer, how damn embarrassing, as Krieger pointed out, this is a diabolically badly written preview, with absolutely zero research done. I think everyone pretty much knew that Henderson has been out from hip surgery for a while now, yet somehow he has made the starting lineup in this writer’s fantasy land. Not to mention Aminu is questionable tor this game due to a hamstring injury. Also no mention of the Blazxrs being on a back to back night where they played in overtime yesterday, and Lillard and McCollum played 42 minutes a piece and may end up sitting out this game also.

  • SMDH at this writer, how damn embarrassing, as Krieger pointed out, this is a diabolically badly written preview, with absolutely zero research done. I think everyone pretty much knew that Henderson has been out from hip surgery for a while now, yet somehow he has made the starting lineup in this writer’s fantasy land. Not to mention Aminu is questionable tor this game due to a hamstring injury. Also no mention of the Blazxrs being on a back to back night where they played in overtime yesterday, and Lillard and McCollum played 42 minutes a piece and may end up sitting out this game also.

  • Randle was saying Draymond Green couldn’t guard him last game. Draymond got a quick 4 fouls lol. He’s getting where he needs to be mentally. Lakers are gonna get better as he and Clarkson get better. I’m watching those 2 especially.

  • Randle was saying Draymond Green couldn’t guard him last game. Draymond got a quick 4 fouls lol. He’s getting where he needs to be mentally. Lakers are gonna get better as he and Clarkson get better. I’m watching those 2 especially.

  • “PF – Randle (ok he’s starting to impress me. lol)”

    If you’re playing fantasy GM like it’s done in fantasy football it’s an advantage to be able to identify a player’s talents early; he will cost you less and a higher return per dollar.

  • “PF – Randle (ok he’s starting to impress me. lol)”

    If you’re playing fantasy GM like it’s done in fantasy football it’s an advantage to be able to identify a player’s talents early; he will cost you less and a higher return per dollar.

  • I, too, would like to go up against the Timberwolves with 3 consecutive W’s behind my back to kickstart the REAL SEASON! Great chemistry and morale will help us win games and possibly go on a run against the weaker teams in the first 2 weeks.

  • I, too, would like to go up against the Timberwolves with 3 consecutive W’s behind my back to kickstart the REAL SEASON! Great chemistry and morale will help us win games and possibly go on a run against the weaker teams in the first 2 weeks.

  • Boom, they’re capable. They just need to go at them as well and make them play D on the other end.

  • Boom, they’re capable. They just need to go at them as well and make them play D on the other end.

  • Baxter Holmes continuing to write articles with quotes from rival execs dissing the Lakers and their young talent. A lot of dumb quotes in their

  • Baxter Holmes continuing to write articles with quotes from rival execs dissing the Lakers and their young talent. A lot of dumb quotes in there

  • Dude, the Cavs are 0-6 in preseason. Spurs are like 1-4 or something like that. Win-loss record means nothing in preseason.

  • Dude, the Cavs are 0-6 in preseason. Spurs are like 1-4 or something like that. Win-loss record means nothing in preseason.

  • I think we need to hire a good guard coach with defensive minded background; Gary Payton is the player on first my list. Guys like Clarkson and A. Brown who has good lateral movements, I just believe they can get much better with proper technique and guidance. A. Brown especially I’ve seen too many times is not in a good defensive position to keep his player in front of him.

  • IMO Sacre and Holmes are gonna get cut for sure. I’d send Frazier to the D-league.
    I’m not sure if I want to keep MWP or JBrown, but I’m convinced Huertas and Upshaw will make the team.
    I really like what I’ve seen from Kelly the whole preseason so I’d keep him.

    Like you said, it’s JBrown vs Frazier vs MWP.

  • I think we need to hire a good guard coach with defensive minded background; Gary Payton is the player on first my list. Guys like Clarkson and A. Brown who has good lateral movements, I just believe they can get much better with proper technique and guidance. A. Brown especially I’ve seen too many times is not in a good defensive position to keep his player in front of him.

  • IMO Sacre and Holmes are gonna get cut for sure. I’d send Frazier to the D-league.
    I’m not sure if I want to keep MWP or JBrown, but I’m convinced Huertas and Upshaw will make the team.
    I really like what I’ve seen from Kelly the whole preseason so I’d keep him.

    Like you said, it’s JBrown vs Frazier vs MWP.

  • I don’t think it’s the coach. These guys just aren’t great defenders to be honest. If you don’t make it your goal to stop the person in front of you it doesn’t matter who the coach is.

  • I don’t think it’s the coach. These guys just aren’t great defenders to be honest. If you don’t make it your goal to stop the person in front of you it doesn’t matter who the coach is.

  • The only thing I am looking for is a breakout game from Russell. He has yet to impress. I want to see him score in double figures and get at least 6 assists.

  • The only thing I am looking for is a breakout game from Russell. He has yet to impress. I want to see him score in double figures and get at least 6 assists.

  • Why do you all expect any better? I think we all know by now that the writers for this website are extremely lazy. Especially that ryan ward.

  • Why do you all expect any better? I think we all know by now that the writers for this website are extremely lazy. Especially that ryan ward.

  • Look at who you’re comparing a rebuilding team to. For roster established teams like the Spurs and Cavs, of course the preseason doesn’t matter. But when you’re trying to build confidence in a rebuilding team, it doesn’t matter if it’s a game of tick-tack-toe……you play to win every game. And if we end the preseason on a winning streak, the guys can ride the momentum into the season……..or does which non rotational scrub makes the team more important than that?

  • Look at who you’re comparing a rebuilding team to. For roster established teams like the Spurs and Cavs, of course the preseason doesn’t matter. But when you’re trying to build confidence in a rebuilding team, it doesn’t matter if it’s a game of tick-tack-toe……you play to win every game. And if we end the preseason on a winning streak, the guys can ride the momentum into the season……..or does which non rotational scrub makes the team more important than that?

  • but the cavs and spurs are muuuuchhh more established than the lakers and arent full of rookies who are going into the season without a winning mentality. no need to play sacre

  • but the cavs and spurs are muuuuchhh more established than the lakers and arent full of rookies who are going into the season without a winning mentality. no need to play sacre

  • With Lakers having that injury bug flying around the last 3 years. You would think he would want his guys to be healthy going into the season. Already forget Randle went down in the first regular season game last season?

  • With Lakers having that injury bug flying around the last 3 years. You would think he would want his guys to be healthy going into the season. Already forget Randle went down in the first regular season game last season?

  • the timber wolfs went 6-2 last preseason and they had the worst record in the nba last season

  • the timber wolfs went 6-2 last preseason and they had the worst record in the nba last season

  • Unlike the TWolves, star players WANT to play here……they just are waiting for a reason to. If we can get things going in the preseason, transition that into the regular season and be competitive, next off season we can land our two max players and ride off into the sunset. But we have win games for that to happen. Playing scrubs and losing preseason games won’t help our cause……..at all.

  • Unlike the TWolves, star players WANT to play here……they just are waiting for a reason to. If we can get things going in the preseason, transition that into the regular season and be competitive, next off season we can land our two max players and ride off into the sunset. But we have win games for that to happen. Playing scrubs and losing preseason games won’t help our cause……..at all.

  • winning presaeaon games means nothing i would love to get a win tonight but you need to player the bubble players to see who stays and who goes. imo scare should not see the court tonight and nither should holmes or frazier

  • winning presaeaon games means nothing i would love to get a win tonight but you need to player the bubble players to see who stays and who goes. imo scare should not see the court tonight and nither should holmes or frazier

  • I’m kinda feeling a breakout game by D’Angelo too. Maybe the emergence of Huertas urges him to take it to another level

  • I’m kinda feeling a breakout game by D’Angelo too. Maybe the emergence of Huertas urges him to take it to another level

  • Stay or go players at this point means nothing. If our scrubs get any minutes this season, that means 1 of 2 things has happened; the team is just riddled with injuries that they HAVE to play, or we’re getting blown out so bad that the coach sits the starters. All I’m saying is I rather start the season on a win streak than a losing. Sacre/Holmes/Frazier making the team is by far the least of what we should be concerned about.

  • Stay or go players at this point means nothing. If our scrubs get any minutes this season, that means 1 of 2 things has happened; the team is just riddled with injuries that they HAVE to play, or we’re getting blown out so bad that the coach sits the starters. All I’m saying is I rather start the season on a win streak than a losing. Sacre/Holmes/Frazier or any other non rotational player making the team is by far the least of what we should be concerned about.

  • Im always wondering why JC isn’t a better defender? He has all the pre-requisites – excellent footspeed, long arms and and good strength, he should be able to lock alot of top PG’s down..maybe eventually

  • Im always wondering why JC isn’t a better defender? He has all the pre-requisites – excellent footspeed, long arms and and good strength, he should be able to lock alot of top PG’s down..maybe eventually

  • wrong who makes the team matters alot more then a preseason win. the players that make the team are on the team for a reason. even if they never see any pt durring the regular season they will be there for practice you need to keep the best third string possible to push your team when it matters.

    a winning streak would be nice but it has no effect on the real season

  • wrong who makes the team matters alot more then a preseason win. the players that make the team are on the team for a reason. even if they never see any pt durring the regular season they will be there for practice you need to keep the best third string possible to push your team when it matters.

    a winning streak would be nice but it has no effect on the real season

  • Agree but hope we can do both, win and get a good look at the candidates.

  • I agree, scrubs are somewhat important. But if as a coach I had a chance to instill confidence into you know….the guys that’s actually going to play, by closing out the preseason on a win streak….then u best believe that’s what I’m gonna do.

  • I agree, scrubs are somewhat important. But if as a coach I had a chance to instill confidence into you know….the guys that’s actually going to play, by closing out the preseason on a win streak….then u best believe that’s what I’m gonna do.

  • True however the Lakers are different , they could benefit from the momentum. Its a confidence builder for the rookies.

  • True however the Lakers are different , they could benefit from the momentum. Its a confidence builder for the rookies.

  • ohh no i agree with you how ever i would not play the players i want to cut and i would not play bass, black, lou, and kobe.

    i would try to win the game but with a rotation of
    rus. jc, brown. randle, hibbert
    huz, j brown, young, kelly, upshaw
    mwp, fraizer

    that would be the 12 players i would go with tonight.
    sitting scare, holmes who i would cut and kobe black bass and lou who are all a little banged up and dont need to play because they are on the team

  • ohh no i agree with you how ever i would not play the players i want to cut and i would not play bass, black, lou, and kobe.

    i would try to win the game but with a rotation of
    rus. jc, brown. randle, hibbert
    huz, j brown, young, kelly, upshaw
    mwp, fraizer

    that would be the 12 players i would go with tonight.

    sitting scare, holmes who i would cut.

    sittingkobe black bass and lou who are all a little banged up and dont need to play because they are on the team

  • You could go with a project, but when you have an influence like MWP on your existing guys, you need that mentor to bring your guys along. You can send those projects off to the D-League and bring one up later if needed.

  • You could go with a project, but when you have an influence like MWP on your existing guys, you need that mentor to bring your guys along. You can send those projects off to the D-League and bring one up later if needed.

  • MWP. You want him for his leadership, stability and his influence on the younger guys.

    MWP… stability, never thought I’d be saying that lol.

  • MWP. You want him for his leadership, stability and his influence on the younger guys.

    MWP… stability, never thought I’d be saying that lol.

  • While I agree these last two games are meaningless, I think Kobe should play a little to try to get the cohesiveness of the starting unit ready for next Wednesday.

    I’m a bit worried that every time Kobe gets a bruise that Byron is going to sit him for two weeks.

  • While I agree these last two games are meaningless, I think Kobe should play a little to try to get the cohesiveness of the starting unit ready for next Wednesday.

    I’m a bit worried that every time Kobe gets a bruise that Byron is going to sit him for two weeks.

  • Fixed: Key Reserves: SG: Lou Williams, PG: Marcelo Huertas, “SF: Nick Young”, C: Robert Upshaw

    Young’s primary position is SF not SG! Yes he can play SG but he’s primarily the Lakers SF! No wonder LN here keep thinking the Lakers lack “SF depth”. Still plugging players into positional depth that they aren’t going to be playing.

    SF: Bryant/Young/MWP/A Brown

  • Fixed: Key Reserves: SG: Lou Williams, PG: Marcelo Huertas, “SF: Nick Young”, C: Robert Upshaw

    Young’s primary position is SF not SG! Yes he can play SG but he’s primarily the Lakers SF! No wonder LN here keep thinking the Lakers lack “SF depth”. Still plugging players into positional depth that they aren’t going to be playing.

    SF: Bryant/Young/MWP/A Brown

  • It’s the preseason, it’s different. Byron went on record as saying that if it were the season it would be different. Preseason games are meaningless period. He knows he needs Bryant during the season and wants him 100% to start the season, not to start it dinged up and let something that could very well linger into the season create more problems.

  • It’s the preseason, it’s different. Byron went on record as saying that if it were the season it would be different. Preseason games are meaningless period. He knows he needs Bryant during the season and wants him 100% to start the season, not to start it dinged up and let something that could very well linger into the season create more problems.

  • When you stress the importance of a preseason win, you have to look at who Byron is putting out to end games. Putting out Sacre, Nance, Frazier, Williams and Young is not going to win you many games. Recall, he did that in OT against Utah. He could have put out starters and won, he didn’t. He wanted to look at a different makeup, a different combo and see how they’d do. It wasn’t about the W, they could have had it. Coming back from 19 down with key guys, taking a 9 point lead with key guys was a win in and of itself. Putting another group of guys out there and another group and giving up that lead and eventually the win was nothing. Preseason is about evaluation of players, see what combos work, what doesn’t, who your rotational guys would be, give them time to learn to play together, figure out who’s staying and who’s going.

    You’re only going to get 4th quarter W’s when you start playing meaningful guys in the 4th and in the preseason, it’s not worth risking player health for a meaningless W.

  • When you stress the importance of a preseason win, you have to look at who Byron is putting out to end games. Putting out Sacre, Nance, Frazier, Williams and Young is not going to win you many games. Recall, he did that in OT against Utah. He could have put out starters and won, he didn’t. He wanted to look at a different makeup, a different combo and see how they’d do. It wasn’t about the W, they could have had it. Coming back from 19 down with key guys, taking a 9 point lead with key guys was a win in and of itself. Putting another group of guys out there and another group and giving up that lead and eventually the win was nothing. Preseason is about evaluation of players, see what combos work, what doesn’t, who your rotational guys would be, give them time to learn to play together, figure out who’s staying and who’s going.

    You’re only going to get 4th quarter W’s when you start playing meaningful guys in the 4th and in the preseason, it’s not worth risking player health for a meaningless W.

  • Experience. Figure he’s only had about a half a season of real work. It’ll take time.

  • Experience. Figure he’s only had about a half a season of real work. It’ll take time.

  • I would like to see him be more aggressive offensively. I think he’s so worried about running the team he forgets he’s a scorer. If he’s going to have a breakout game tonight is the night. Damian Lillard can’t guard a soul. lol

  • I would like to see him be more aggressive offensively. I think he’s so worried about running the team he forgets he’s a scorer. If he’s going to have a breakout game tonight is the night. Damian Lillard can’t guard a soul. lol

  • Bass will be key off the bench as well. Randle gets in to foul trouble real early. Trust me on this.

  • Bass will be key off the bench as well. Randle gets in to foul trouble real early. Trust me on this.

  • It is almost impossible to shut down guards in the nba with hand check rules. Chris paul is regarded as one of the best defensive guards and Jc went for 20 and 6 as a rookie. Its all about help defense if randle rotates right with hibbert when guards penetrate is how you stop them. Players who average 20+ points a game do that against everybody hence the word average

  • It is almost impossible to shut down guards in the nba with hand check rules. Chris paul is regarded as one of the best defensive guards and Jc went for 20 and 6 as a rookie. Its all about help defense if randle rotates right with hibbert when guards penetrate is how you stop them. Players who average 20+ points a game do that against everybody hence the word average

  • Thats true..maybe lock down is too strong a word. Im saying he should project to be a better defender than he is now based on his natural abilities, but I guess it’ll take more time

  • Thats true..maybe lock down is too strong a word. Im saying he should project to be a better defender than he is now based on his natural abilities, but I guess it’ll take more time

  • MWP got that spot on lock and Black and Upshaw are the keepers over Suckre.

  • MWP got that spot on lock and Black and Upshaw are the keepers over Suckre.

  • a win will be great but im moreworried about them getting better, so far they have gotten better every game. with heurtas back our second unit is complete and can start to get there chemisty, and reg rotations can start. i bleive this gamewe will see more mins for those guys still fighting for a job cause the warriors got scared and stopped the game after nance threw down that nasty dunk lol BS didnt get a chance to evalate those guys in the 4th.

  • a win will be great but im moreworried about them getting better, so far they have gotten better every game. with heurtas back our second unit is complete and can start to get there chemisty, and reg rotations can start. i bleive this gamewe will see more mins for those guys still fighting for a job cause the warriors got scared and stopped the game after nance threw down that nasty dunk lol BS didnt get a chance to evalate those guys in the 4th.

  • Agreed. Losing always sucks, but if some bubble guys get a chance to earn their spot, it would have to be tonight.

  • Agreed. Losing always sucks, but if some bubble guys get a chance to earn their spot, it would have to be tonight.

  • Excited for tonight’s game!! All I know is they better keep Upshaw and develop him. He has the chance to be something special.

  • Excited for tonight’s game!! All I know is they better keep Upshaw and develop him. He has the chance to be something special.

  • Russel, Clarkson, A. Brown, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Young, Peace/Bass, Nance, Upshaw/Black

    CUT Frazier, Holmes, Sacre, J. Brown/Kelly

  • Russel, Clarkson, A. Brown, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Young, Peace/Bass, Nance, Upshaw/Black

    CUT Frazier, Holmes, Sacre, J. Brown/Kelly

  • Russel, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Lou, Young, Nance/Bass/MWP, Upshaw/Black

    This season roster is much much beter than last season. And I strongly believe that Lakers will be in the playoff, or shock the world, be in the Finals

  • Russel, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Lou, Young, Nance/Bass/MWP, Upshaw/Black

    This season roster is much much beter than last season. And I strongly believe that Lakers will be in the playoff, or shock the world, be in the Finals

  • Gotta sell ad space…
    Nothing sells better than an article about the Lakers.

    Espn is losing its clout, Web users, and loyal followers. Writers like Holmes and Abbott are helping the decline.

  • Gotta sell ad space…
    Nothing sells better than an article about the Lakers.

    Espn is losing its clout, Web users, and loyal followers. Writers like Holmes and Abbott are helping the decline.

  • I Hope Randle will practice Drive and Dunk more, to have more impact to the crowd. This guy is big, fast and can jump.

  • I Hope Randle will practice Drive and Dunk more, to have more impact to the crowd. This guy can dunk, big and fast.

  • I’m guessing 2 things are happening

    1) All GM’s seem to be holding cuts late this year, and there have been hardly any trades which usually total close to a dozen.. I’m wondering if Mitch is holding guys looking for a trade.

    2) I also wonder if Mitch is holding cuts to the last minute in hopes of stashing Holmes, JBrown, and/or Frazier in the Dleague. Once rosters are set most coaches and GM’s won’t want to add a deep bench guy for a few weeks. Especially one they have to give a roster spot and guaranteed contract.

  • I’m guessing 2 things are happening

    1) All GM’s seem to be holding cuts late this year, and there have been hardly any trades which usually total close to a dozen.. I’m wondering if Mitch is holding guys looking for a trade.

    2) I also wonder if Mitch is holding cuts to the last minute in hopes of stashing Holmes, JBrown, and/or Frazier in the Dleague. Once rosters are set most coaches and GM’s won’t want to add a deep bench guy for a few weeks. Especially one they have to give a roster spot and guaranteed contract.

  • Now that’s the truth lol. I’m hoping for a big game from D.Lo to shut up the critics and doubters.

  • Now that’s the truth lol. I’m hoping for a big game from D.Lo to shut up the critics and doubters.

  • This first quarter dead, the starters bullshitting, idk if it’s our offense or blazers defense damn!

  • This first quarter dead, the starters bullshitting, idk if it’s our offense or blazers defense damn!

  • His big game is going to come in the regular season because in pre season the minutes is up and down

  • His big game is going to come in the regular season because in pre season the minutes is up and down

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