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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2022 10:08 pm    Post subject: LAKERS -vs- CLIPPERS - 7-12-22 - Thoughts and :-)) Ratings

Summer League Game 6... Always enjoyable to beat the Clippers.

Slow start for the Lakers in this one. A 14-1 run for the Clippers early, forced a Laker timeout as they trailed by 6. Some cold shooting in that first quarter by the Lakers.

They would take the lead back, however, to start the third with a series of layups. The two teams were neck and neck with a few minutes left until the Lakers rattled off a 12-3 run. Swider again in the mix with a big three ball, McCoy had some scores and Christie would sink a late three to ice it for the Lakers. They dropped the Clippers 83-72.

Christie -- -- Slow start for Christie as he missed his first several shots (threes and runners). He finally drained a wing three to beat the buzzer at the end of the half. A quick-fire shot, he didn’t get into his head and knocked it down. To start the second half, he attacked right, contorted his body and finished at the hoop. Not too many plays where he could get into that layup range on drives as he again had to settle for those runners and they weren’t dropping. I like that he’s at least showing mobility, which will add more dimensions to his game as he matures. Late in the game, he knocked down a big corner three out of a timeout to go up 7 with 1:40 left -- one of those rainbow swishes. So a couple clutch ones. Basically, if he can just knock those down with some consistency he’ll get some minutes. But he’s got to put a lot of work in to make that happen. Right now, I’m surprised when they drop vs. Swider when I’m surprised when they miss. I’m not sure where the rebounding has gone the pass couple. I’d like to see more of that again. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 3-12 shooting (2-6 from three) to go with 2 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 turnovers and 2 fouls in 24 minutes. He was a +2.

Pippen Jr. -- -- “I’m wondering how he went undrafted,” JJ Redick said prior to this game. Well, I guess let’s start there. You could see some of the issues with Pippen’s size. A number of times he struggled to finish around the rim as taller defenders forced him into often wild attempts. Additionally, the playmaking continues to be a consistent question mark. He will have moments where he turns the ball over on passes that should not have been a problem for a guard (we’ve seen the lobs, but also the occasional bounce pass or blown opportunity on the break…he had a turnover tonight on a pass that didn’t get credited, but he was mostly clean). If you’ve got a playmaking guard or wing he can play with and he could focus on scoring a more, that would play to his strengths more. There’s a reason why guys like Jones are getting the green light to iso to close games. So those are the rubs. On the plus side, though, he shows that craftiness to get to the line. He can make the catch-and-shoot three. He does a good job getting the offense organized. And, we’ve seen some flashes on D with the hands to cause problems (he didn’t have that tonight like in some previous games). I do think he’s sacrificing some of that scoring he showed in previous games to try to get the team on track. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 2-7 shooting (1-3 from three, 3-4 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 fouls in 18 minutes. He was a -4.

Swider -- -- Defensively, we finally saw him get attacked a big more. At times, he looked a bit heavy-footed. But there were still sequences where he was able to stay with a guard like Preston and got a stop. That was rare, however. He did get a charge call in transition D. On another play, the attacker just went around him with relative ease and no challenge to score in transition. The screen defense is tricky. He has shown he can get wiped out on a screen pretty easy at times and that results in some switching or if he’s going over the top, a lot of space for the attacking player. You probably want to run a drop coverage so he doesn’t get hunted and gets those switches, but he’ll need to navigate around those screens better. He also had an off-balance close out that he was lucky didn’t turn into a drive (unforced error by his man). So he needs to put in work on that end. Slower start for him as he missed some looks early on. But he’d come up with a big three late in the game, and you could see teammates starting to look to him or defer to him a little more, hoping to see him knock down some shots. I wish we had some better playmaking around him right now, but you could see at the next level he’ll knock down shots if you give him a little daylight. We rarely run pick and roll action that collapses the paint, forcing help and opens up looks for shooters. That lack of consistent inside-out action is dragging down his opportunities. Some good instincts passing the ball. He found Jones cutting backdoor when he drew attention from two defenders for a score late and he also hit Christie for a three. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 3-9 shooting (2-6 from three) to go with 4 boards (2 offensive), 3 assists and no fouls in 24 minutes. He was a +5.

Killeya-Jones -- -- Nearly a double-double. Heck, three more fouls and it would have been a triple-double. To be fair, he got a few cheap ones called on him tonight. Good job showing the range offensively. He knocked down his only three on a kickout at the wing. He also hit a wing jumper against the shotclock on an inbounds (poor D). It’s so rare we see any kind of clean pick and roll game with this team, but he was able to finish one of those rare passes to a rolling big (bringing the ball down and back up around the challenging D). He held down the middle with little help from any one else with size and gave some solid anchoring at times (really nice roof job with two hands early in the game on one stop). The Stats: He scored 11 points on 5-8 shooting (1-1 from three) to go with 8 boards (4 offensive), 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers and 7 fouls in 29 minutes. He was a +10.

Pierre-Louis -- -- Not as much action in the spotlight like the last one, but he was quietly efficient tonight. He attacked from the wing on our first set for a layup. He scored another layup shortly later on a dump off from Pippen. He also had a nice putback in a crowd. In the second half, a couple more layups as he went coast to coast one one, and then attacked right to finish a layup against contact on another. Great effort on the glass as well. He packed a lot of stats in a short amount of minutes. I almost question it. The Stats: He scored 10 points on 5-6 shooting to go with 7 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover and 2 fouls in 13 minutes. He was a -5.

O’Neal -- -- He scored one bucket when he attacked downhill, missed and follow-tipped his miss back in. That was his bucket and board. Not a lot of minutes. The Stats: He scored 2 points on 1-3 shooting to go with 1 offensive board and 1 block in 7 minutes. He was a +0.

Bass -- -- Again, more ATOs tonight where he was trying to score off. So coaches are calling his number on those, it seems. He dunked off a faked weave type of action that got him going downhill to his left. He also knocked down a baseline jumper. He cut backdoor and Jones for him for a layup. And he drew some FTs on iso. The Stats: He scored 7 points on 3-5 shooting (1-2 from the line) to go with 1 board, 1 block, 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 23 minutes. He was a +3.

Jones -- -- He’s feeling his game and has found his way a little more in the past couple of games. I had expected him to be really aggressive from the start of this summer league action, but he seemed maybe a little rusty to start and kind of faded away from the action in those early games. Which is not him. Last couple of games, though, he’s trying to get after it more. He was our leading scorer tonight. He hit a stepback jumper early, swished a three, had a real nice hesi that put the defender on skates right after that for a layup. A few of our guys (he and Christie stood out) had some bad early offense possessions where the ball didn’t move and they tried to find their own. They’d end up missing badly with plenty of time on the clock. Ugly ball, but typical for the summer. Kind of fun watching the hand battles going on with Jones and his defenders as he’s trying to create. Guys would try to hand check him or get an arm in, he’d swat it away or even grab a little with that off arm. A lot of that back-and-forth on some plays. The Stats: He scored 15 points on 4-10 shooting (1-2 from three, 6-8 from the line) to go with 10 boards, 4 assists, 3 turnovers and 2 fouls in 26 minutes. He was a +19.

McCoy -- -- Really liked his game again in this one. The turnaround jumper in that elbow-range area was looking automatic. He knocked down a number of those. Late in the game with the shotclock low, he got to his right on a drive and banked in the floater for a clutch score. He’s got some pop to his game that could make some noise on the next level. Just very efficient tonight. That athleticism and handle had his defenders a step slow all night. A key player down the stretch as the Lakers got separation and closed the Clippers. The Stats: He scored 14 points on 7-10 shooting (0-2 from three) to go with 3 boards, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls in 25 minutes. He was a +17.

White -- -- He seemed a step slow on both ends. He missed a couple of runners not able to get past his defenders. He had a guard blow past him for an easy score on a switch. You could see that coming but he wasn’t ready for it and gave up the bucket. Not a great game. The Stats: He didn’t score on 0-3 shooting (0-1 from three) to go with 1 board and 2 fouls in 9 minutes. He was a +2.

Cole -- -- He was in the mix a bit tonight. He missed a couple of threes and was blocked on a drive. Good job on the glass, but on the perimeter it felt like he had some sketchy moments handling and decision making. The Stats: He didn’t score on 0-3 shooting (0-2 from three) to go with 5 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover and 1 foul in 11 minutes. He was a +6.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2022 10:27 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:41 am    Post subject:

2nd. Thanks DB, good game against the Clips...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:57 am    Post subject: I keep saying McCoy is better than Pippen.

He's going to be a scorer off the bench for somebody, I hopes it's us.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2022 5:20 am    Post subject:

Thanks, DB. Always good to beat the Clips
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McCoy needs an invite, plays under control doesnt look like a rook
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2022 7:25 am    Post subject:

Thanks, DB!
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