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The LeBron-less Lakers last night fell short against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul George was booed from the start of the game until the very end. He was unfazed for the most part, finishing the game with 37 points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals. However, they only won the game by seven points. I know, a win is a win, but, the Thunder should have been able to win by more than seven points without LeBron and Rondo playing.
Russell Westbrook had a great all-around game with 14 points, 16 rebounds, ten assists, two steals, two blocks, but he shot 3-20 from the field. Steven Adams had another solid game, finishing with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a great game, scoring 25 points, grabbing three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Lonzo Ball didn’t do much offensively; however, he did play great defense once again, this time on Russell Westbrook. Kyle Kuzma left the game early due to a lower back injury. Josh Hart shot 5/16 last night, but he did get 15 rebounds and 13 points, to go along with two assists, one steal, and one block. Brandon Ingram played well, finishing the game with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one block, on 8/21 shooting. The only downside to Ingram’s performance last night was his shot choice.
However, the Thunder big three clearly showed out last night, the Lakers young guys did well on average and only lost by seven points. I think once LeBron and Rondo return; the Lakers get back to full strength, they will be able to beat the Thunder, whether it’s in the regular season or the playoffs. People may disagree, but after the Thunder were not able to get past the Jazz in the first round while having home-court advantage last season, I don’t they will be able to beat this Lakers team when fully healthy. Lonzo can contain Westbrook, as far as, his poor shooting goes. No one on the Thunder will be able to stop LeBron. Ingram and Kuzma could be a handful, playoff Rondo is a different player from April-June, coming off the bench, that’s a massive advantage for the Lakers. So, those are some reasons I think the Lakers will be able to defeat the Thunder when fully healthy.