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It May Be Early, But the Lakers Look Good
OK, OK, I know – we should never make judgments about a team after one half of a preseason game.
But I don’t care… I know good basketball when I see it. And the Lakers played GOOD basketball against the Warriors on Saturday. If they can play like that all season, we may have the new LakeShow on our hands.
This game was a little bit more than just a regular preseason game for the Warriors. It was the debut of the Chase Center, the Warriors new home after the destruction of the Oracle Center this summer.
But, from the looks of it, it wasn’t the Warriors who made themselves at home. It was Anthony Davis.
The Lakers’ newly acquired big man looked hungry in his preseason debut. The Brow put up 22 points and 10 rebounds in only one half in the Lakers’ 123-101 win. But it wasn’t just Davis’ raw scoring abilities that were on display, his coordination with his new teammates was incredibly evident. Davis was catching lobs from “new” teammate Rajon Rondo, and looked really effective running a pick-and-roll with on and off court friend LeBron James.
It wasn’t just Davis who was putting it all on display at Chase Center. The Lakers newly assigned point-god LeBron James got right to it in his 18 minutes of action. James put up 15 points and a much more important 8 assists. Although impressive, LeBron’s numbers don’t show all of the positives of his game. Head coach Frank Vogel announced that he planned on trying LeBron at point guard this year, an unsurprising move considering James has lots of experience bringing the ball up the court. James got the start at point guard on Saturday and looked really comfortable in his new role, making strong plays and never missing a beat on defense.
Although it’s game 1 of a LONG season, the Lakers looked like a force to be reckoned with in their first game. This may be a great year to be a Lakers fan.