Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham is wasting no time cooking creative solutions for stopping the most intimidating player for his team’s next opponent.
Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports that Ham intends to sic 6’8″ starting power forward Jarred Vanderbilt, newly arrived to LA by way of the Utah Jazz, on All-NBA Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic when the two teams square off on Sunday.
Is D’Angelo Russell’s ankle okay?
According to the scan report, D’Angelo Russell’s ankle has no fracture the doctors could spot. This is a positive report on the injury but doctors still asked for patience and want the player to take his recovery day-by-day. He still got a nasty sprain that needs to fully recover in order to start playing again. A status that is deemed ‘day-to-day’ is not encouraging for Lakers fans who wanted to see Russell coming back for the next game. Before exiting the game with that early injury, D’Angelo already had two points, four boards, and three assists in only nine minutes of play.
Despite his possible absence, the Lakers still have Dennis Schroder to replace him in any game Russell misses. During the game against the Warriors, Dennis did score 13 points in 27 minutes played. But Russell’s absence should also give both Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker IV more minutes against upcoming opponents. Tough luck for Russell, who came back to where it all started for his NBA career. He is still quite eager to prove himself on the team he loves the most since he was a kid. During this season, Russell has already missed three games due to injury after suffering a minor knee issue in December.
The Lakers’ push comes while the team’s urgency is a stated high – a pack of playoff contenders all trying to surge with the Lakers at the rear.
Everyone in the West, save for Denver, Memphis at the top and Houston and San Antonio at the bottom, has no firm of idea of what the postseason future looks like. As of Thursday, six games separated the third-place Kings from the 13th-place Lakers.
“I think it’s a sprint to the finish line,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said pregame. “I know given LeBron’s career and everything he’s achieved that it might sound like hyperbole, but we all feel a sense of urgency at this point. We’re just a couple games ahead of them. We’re all in this precarious position where we could be in the play-in, we could sneak into the six (seed), we could fall out entirely.”
LeBron James’s performance against Golden State Warriors
In a surprising turn of events, James, who is known for delivering remarkable performances after making bold statements, did not live up to his own words this time. He had his least impressive offensive game of the season, only scoring 13 points, which is his season-low, and shooting a dismal 20 percent from the field (5-20).
During one sequence, he missed four close-range shots, including a layup in transition and three subsequent putbacks. Despite his poor shooting, he managed to make a positive impact on the game by contributing nine rebounds and eight assists. Nonetheless, it was an unexpected display from him following his confident declaration.
The Lakers of previous seasons have been top-heavy and depended on James and Davis to have outstanding performances every game. This season, the team has more dep ..
Clark and senior forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. tried to recall who was on that team. The stars were Shabazz Muhammad, Larry Drew II and Kyle Anderson, the Bruins edging Oregon by one game in the conference standings. Everything was a downer from there, Jordan Adams breaking his foot in the Pac-12 tournament and coach Ben Howland getting fired after the Bruins lost by 20 points to Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Another Pac-12 championship was UCLA’s for the taking this week. The Bruins could clinch at least a share of the title with a sweep of Utah and Colorado or one victory plus an Arizona loss against Arizona State.
It wasn’t going to be easy. After losing most of a 16-point lead in the second half against Utah, the Bruins turned to the player who continued to emerge as their late-season savior.
Jaquez buried a fadeaway three-pointer with 63 seconds left, sending fans streaming toward the exits inside the Huntsman Center with the fourth-ranked Bruins on their way to a 78-71 victory.
Jaquez finished with 23 points while making 10 of 15 shots for the Bruins (24-4 overall, 15-2 Pac-12), who stretched their lead over the Wildcats to two games after Utah had closed within four points with 2½ minutes left.
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