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Lakers vs Clippers final score: Lakers lose despite strong defense

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The Lakers started the season 0-2 once again, losing to the Clippers 103-97 in the first game of the season.

The Lakers started the game with back-to-back three-pointers from Lonnie Walker IV and LeBron James. Patrick Beverly was engaged and influential, with Kawhi Leonard watching from the bench as Paul blocked George’s shot, already time-limited. After that, things quickly went downhill. Starting 2 out of 3, the Lakers finished the first quarter 3 out of 13 from behind the arc. John Wall was literally perfect coming out of the bench, going 4 out of 4 and dropping 8 points. After one, the Lakers trailed 35-23 despite LeBron James and Anthony Davis playing nine minutes in the quarter.

The second quarter passed in series. The Clippers continued an 11-0 streak in the middle of the second quarter and easily took back-to-back chases against Juan Toscano-Anderson when Kawhi entered at 6:25. The game seemed to slip as the Lakers were down 16 points, but they responded with an incredible 20-4 streak to end the second quarter with a 56-56 draw. The run was ignited by defensive turnovers and scoring on the pass.

In the third quarter, the Lakers suffered their first Anthony Davis injury scare when he fell hard after jumping to compete with a Leonard jumper in 9:18. AD managed to stay in the game for a few more minutes, and before even hitting the three-pointer, he was finally out of the game and back in the locker room with a bad warm-up in his lower back.

With AD gone and LeBron withdrawn from the game, the Clippers went into a 17-0 run mid-quarter and backed out once again. Anthony Davis is back, like LeBron, and they managed to hold the game with eight to fourth place.

But they still gave the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers every opportunity to steal this game. Beverley was applying pressure and throwing turnovers, Toscano-Anderson was hitting the ball with slam dunks, and Austin Reaves went coast-to-coast to give the Lakers an 89-87 lead with eight minutes to go with a nice mid-distance jump. .

It’s not a fake comeback from the Lakers tonight, but it’s not enough to get the trio of Luke Kennard, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George to walk away with a 103-97 win.

Important Implications

Russ will be heavily blamed for not doing offensive production tonight. He was lousy on the attacking side of the ball with two points on an 11v0 shot. You need more than your highest paid starting quarterback.

The Lakers are a limited team. LeBron implied this after the season opener when he said, “We’re not a team of great shots… It’s not like we’re sitting here with too many lasers on our team.” To tackle these issues, the Lakers need role players to play above and beyond their usual productions like Kendrick Nunn, Reaves and Walker. Walker had a productive game with 20 points in 31 minutes, but Nunn and no points scored 7v7 in 11 minutes. Reaves had bright sparks but was overall overwhelming, contributing just 4 points and 5 fouls in 20 minutes.

Rebounding is also an issue for the Lakers, given their size shortcomings. They got rebounds in the friendly game every season and lost the rebound battle 58-38 tonight. Poor three-point shooting, mediocre play by role players, and outright rebounding are some of the many reasons this team started 0-2.

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