If you tuned in to the Los Angeles Lakers/Golden State Warriors game on Oct. 10, you would’ve thought it was a playoff game. But nope, although the playoff atmosphere was there it was a game that was meaningless. A preseason game. Besides Draymond Green (out with injury), all the stars played in the game. Yes, LeBron James only played 18 minutes but he still vastly contributed to the success of the Lakers last night. Without James playing much, the Lakers supporting cast showed they can hang with the top dogs of the NBA. In the hard-fought game there were a few things that were quite noticeable with the Lakers.
First, it was very noticeable that the Lakers will be playing at a face pace this season. Both the Warriors and Lakers played fast paced in the preseason showdown and was so fun to watch that it was the most viewed preseason game on ESPN. The Lakers have the ability to run at a fast pace all season long with all the depth and young players.
Secondly, it will be very interesting who is on the floor for the Lakers in crunch time. Obviously, James will be on the floor along with probably Brandon Ingram. Now comes the tricky part. Does Luke Walton put Kyle Kuzma at the center position late in games or is he forced to put JaVale McGee on the court? Against teams with good big men, Walton will have to put McGee on the court. Walton also has to decide on a shooting guard. Does he play Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Josh Hart? I think that just depends on the situation. Lastly, who gets the nod a point guard. Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball are both similar players who don’t want to be on the bench during the late minutes of a game. It will be interesting to see how Luke Walton manages the rotation late in games.
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