A Bright Future

Lakers show promise in win vs Warriors | November 5, 2016

Luke Walton analyzed the Lakers successful win over the polarized Golden State Warriors with a few brief statements. He concluded the win was due to 26 assists and out rebounding the high energy Warriors by a large margin. Walton praised the Lakers for their unselfish mentality and this lead to the Lakers first wire to wire win. Draymond Green was silenced on the glass offensively and Zaza Pachullia quickly became a non-factor down the stretch. Kevon Looney contributed a brief stint of five for five shooting, but no other Warrior impacted the glass the way the Lakers did. Larry Nance, Julius Randle and Tarik Black pounded the boards defensively, but offensively presented several second chance opportunities. Timofey Mozgov had several tip outs for offensive rebounds, which now seems like a common activity for him. However, down the stretch Mozgov found himself with few minutes to support the Lakers due to the Warriors small ball approach. Walton also emphasized Nance and Randles’ ability to switch on smaller and larger players and still defensively compete on mismatches.

Energy and effort prove to be the Lakers biggest strength thus far in the young season. Surprisingly, almost half the team is under 25 years old due to “some old guy” retiring last year in unbelievable fashion. Consequentially, the ability to compete and come out victorious with fast paced teams is a clear signal of where this organization is headed. By defeating the Houston Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks they prove a strong willingness to adapt. Growing pains have plagued the Lakers closing efforts in a few road games, but it is warming to see them defend home court.

Last year the Lakers annihilated the Warriors at home in a meaningless win for the club. On March 6, 2016, Byron Scott was openly tanking and somehow the Lakers still defeated the historic Warriors 112 to 95. According to Lou Williams, this years win was completely valid. Media outlets claim the previous Warriors versus Thunder “arms race” emotionally and mentally drained the Warriors, but six games into the season there is no excuse. Russell Westbrook or not, four future first-ballot hall of famers consist of the dominant “Dubs.” Hopefully, this win will jump start the Lakers to believe they can compete with anyone.