In the midst of the resulting crisis, the Lakers were still suffering from the Mavericks Law at home and could not end their losing streak (109-104).
As the days go by, the Los Angeles season turns into a worrying direction. The gap with the top 8 will widen and the gap with the 11th place in the west will narrow. On the ground, the famous “body language” expression of the body is not satisfying, the defense is vigilant, and even LeBron James (26 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) may want to give up.
However, there was room to leave with the victory tonight. The Dallas team was certainly an empire in “money time”, but was regained in the third quarter after the first half. -One-way time.
Jalen Brunson (22 points), Dorian Finney-Smith (16 points, 9 rebounds), Spencer Dinwidy (16 points, 9 rebounds), although not necessarily the top, except for Luka Doncic (25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) 14 points) could be relied on. And 9 assists) or another Dwight Powell (13 points and 7 rebounds) secures essentials and supplements his poor form.
Things to remember
— — Dallas took a walk first.. After a balanced first quarter, Mavericks stepped on gas in the second quarter. Defensively on the streets, the Lakers couldn’t completely resist Texan’s attack, but Luka Doncic was absent. Among them, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Spencer Dinwidy deal damage in California’s “Defense” and the gap has risen many times (up to +21). With paint and three points, the baskets were linked as Los Angeles defensive lapses accumulated, despairing the masses at the Crypto.com Arena (and LeBron James).
— — Los Angeles then woke up.. After 15 points of break, the Lakers returned from the locker room with better intentions. To the point where the trend in the third quarter is completely reversed. “Purple & Gold” was more defensively involved, aggressively inspired, and succeeded in surpassing the Mavericks and Luka Doncic in award-winning baskets and physical defense. LeBron James, lit from a distance, stood out as well as Malik Monk and Stanley Johnson. The energy on both sides of their floor was essential to properly support the “king”.
— — After that, Dallas learned “money time”.. With just over five minutes left, the score remained 100-99 in favor of the Lakers. Mavericks then tightened the game to leave his opponent on the floor. Between the loss of the ball and the missed shot, the Californians couldn’t go anywhere, but the Texans found obstacles several times and approached the circle. So, without panicking, Luka Doncic and his family let them talk about their collective proficiency to quietly verify their fourth victory in five games.
TOPS / FLOPS
✅ Luka Doncic’s adjutant.. Despite being the author of the mixed performance, the Slovenes have generally shined the “role players” around him, even though the stats sheet turned black again. In particular, not only his usual right-hand man, Jalen Brunson, but also Spencer Dinwidy, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell. Of course, the Lakers’ defense helped the Texas franchise quickly gain confidence, but then they were able to continue this momentum to the end. To sign a big group victory: 5 players with 10 points or more.
✅ Stanley Johnson.. While Carmelo Anthony (20 points) worked off the bench, LeBron James was arguably the most appealing to the Lakers’ performance with Stanley Johnson. It must be said that the eighth option in the 2015 draft was shining both offensively and defensively. With his 11 points, 3/4 to 3 points, Los Angeles in particular was able to beat Mavericks in the third quarter. However, there is also his excellent general defense against Luka Doncic, which is limited to 9/21 on shots and 0/5 on 3 points, in addition to the crime of 6 lost balls.
⛔ Russell Westbrook.. If the other members of California’s “Backcourt”, Austin Reaves, weren’t good either, he wasn’t worse than the 2017 MVP overall. (12 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists) I was disappointed tonight. As is often the case this season, his 5/17 is a shot and 0/4 is against him with 3 points. Therefore, he was overwhelmed by defense and clumsy in shooting, but still managed the ball cleanly (no ball loss), and the California leader no longer affected the meeting, despite his good intentions. Can’t give …
⛔ Davis Bertans.. The Latvian were transparent from start to finish and brought the worst outings of the Texan era: 0 points, 0/4 to 3 points. Jason Kidd quickly realized that his archer wasn’t good evening, and he shouldn’t argue with him too long, so all in a short playtime of 10 minutes. Especially because the shortcomings of his defense gave him the bonus of targeting this side of the floor by LeBron James. Therefore, the match to forget.
Los Angeles (27-34) : Derby Angeleno Thursday to Friday night (04:00) for the Clippers.
Dallas (37-25) : Golden State reception from Thursday to Friday night (02:30).