February 27, 2018, 1:55 am
The Lakers defeated the Hawks 123-104 on Monday to sweep the season series from Atlanta.
Los Angeles’ significant talent advantage was on display as the Lakers had nine players score in double-digits. The Lakers would have run away early in the game if not for 14 first-half turnovers and a huge edge in free throw attempts for the Hawks.
Brandon Ingram led the way for Los Angeles with 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and a game-high plus-19 rating on 10-of-16 shooting from the field. He provided Los Angeles a crucial six-point run in the third quarter after the Hawks cut the Laker lead to 12 points.
Julius Randle continued his impressive stretch of play with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block on 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. The Lakers are 15-12 with him in the starting roster.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a successful return to his home state, joining Ingram and Randle as the third Laker with a double-double, while accumulating 10 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals though he only shot 4-of-12 from the field.
Lonzo Ball had a nearly perfect game hitting all four of his shots from the floor, 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the line while tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a plus-18 rating in 24 minutes.
The other Lakers in double-figures were Josh Hart (14 points), Isaiah Thomas (13 points), Brook Lopez (11 points), Ivica Zubac (10 points) and Kyle Kuzma (10 points). Kuzma added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal but scored all of his points in the first half.
Atlanta was paced by Taurean Prince who finished with 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals on 7-of-18 shooting from the floor, 4-of-11 3-point shots and 6-of-7 from the line.
Dennis Schroder had a solid statistical game with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor.
Key Stats and Observations
-The Lakers outshot the Hawks by a tremendous margin in this game, converting 47-of-90 (52.2 percent) vs. 36-of-96 (37.5 percent) for Atlanta. The discrepancy extended to the 3-point line where Los Angeles knocked down 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) compared to just 8-of-36 (22.2 percent) for the Hawks.
-Los Angeles crushed Atlanta on the glass, collecting 59 rebounds vs. 41 rebounds. A significant segment of this advantage was on the defensive glass where the Lakers gathered 49 rebounds and Atlanta mustered only 33 boards. These numbers were commiserate with the two teams’ shooting percentages, however, the fact that Los Angeles was able to restrict the Hawks to only eight offensive rebounds compared to 10 for themselves was commendable.
-The Lakers kept the Hawks in the game by turning the ball over 23 times, including seven turnovers in each of the first two quarters. In comparison, Atlanta only had 13 turnovers for the entire game.
-Los Angeles was outscored by 10 points at the free throw line where Atlanta converted 24-of-34 attempts (70.6 percent) vs. only 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) for the Lakers.
The Lakers get a couple days off before taking on the Heat (31-29) in Miami on Thursday night.
Miami is led by All-Star Goran Dragic who is averaging 17.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
They have a strong interior presence in center Hassan Whiteside, who is really rounding into form at the moment, producing 14.9 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game over his last seven games.
Los Angeles will try to remain hot, having won three games in a row and 15-of-22 overall.
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic
September 20, 2019, 4:03 pmDaryl MaconPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.
Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.
September 20, 2019, 1:10 pmTahjere McCallF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.
This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp
Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter
September 20, 2019, 11:58 amThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.
Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:22 pmTyler ZellerC, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.
Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter
September 19, 2019, 3:03 pmLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.
In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.
September 19, 2019, 2:53 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey revealed that although the team's training staff is easing him into things, Blake Griffin (knee) is back on the court and playing.
Coach Casey added that the team expects Griffin to be at 100% with "no lingering effects." It looks like Griffin is progressing nicely in his return and should be all systems go for the start of the season. With Griffin's extensive injury history, the team may manage him more this year. Coming off a career year, he's expected to be an early middle-round selection.
September 19, 2019, 2:44 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Coach Nate McMillan said that Victor Oladipo (knee) probably wouldn't play on opening night.
Videos have surfaced this summer of Oladipo doing on-court work, and by all accounts, he is progressing well. Coach McMillan said that Oladipo isn't playing live yet and it would seem he still has hurdles to climb. Even when Oladipo does return, he will likely be facing minute restrictions and frequent days off, at least initially. Jeremy Lamb figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Oladipo's absence.
September 18, 2019, 10:18 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
In an interview Wednesday, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said he could see Nikola Vucevic improving across all areas of his game, and echoing his player's belief that he is in his prime.
One of the areas Clifford thought Vucevic could improve upon was his 3-point shooting percentage, and also seemed to indicate that he could contonue to up his play on defense. He's unquestionably solidified himself as the anchor of this team, and the Magic as a whole are likely eyeing to improve upon their momentum as a rising young playoff team in an Eastern Conference that looks pretty weak after the top four to five teams. Expect Vucevic to produce safe second-round value this season.
September 18, 2019, 9:18 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.
One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.