In the absence of a consistent, legitimate No. 2 option, the Lakers are forced to try to win by committee. 'Obviously, I didn't shoot the ball as well as I would like to but I put in enough time and I knew it was all going to figure itself out because of the work I put into my game'.
Lakers small forward LeBron James is averaging 28.6 points, but was held to 22 in the loss to Orlando and 22 again Friday night in the win against Utah. Meanwhile, the Lakers got enough offensive firepower from James and Ingram combining for 29 of the 52 points in the second half.
Ingram's campaign was interrupted by a four-game suspension levied against him for his part in the ugly Rockets-Lakers brawl in the season's opening week. Mitchell suffered the injury and left the game for good with 9:05 remaining in the second quarter with the Jazz trailing 26-20 at the time. The Philadelphia star tallied 34 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Why Kuzma tends to play well in the first quarter and then disappear for the rest of the game is an enigma.
Speaking of the young core, something is wrong with Josh Hart right now. It is understandable that they are scrutinized and picked apart more than other sequences in the game.
With Ohio State looming, MI still #4 in CFP
Oklahoma's 97.1 offensive efficiency would be the highest in the 14-year history of the metric (edging last year's Sooners). UCF moved ahead of West Virginia (which dropped to No. 13 after losing at Oklahoma State) and leapfrogged Ohio State.
Luke Walton's team - who are now the seventh seed in the Western Conference - were outscored 35-19 in the third quarter having been in strong command. Since signing Tyson Chandler, the Lakers' defense has been really strong with the ability to have a true center on the court at all times.
"My 11 years I played for this franchise, I just tried to give everything I could, both on the court and off the court, represent this city, represent this community with the utmost respect, be a role model off the floor, be a leader on the floor", he told ESPN.
James is also struggling from the free throw line.
Caldwell-Pope started the season poorly but improved earlier this month and has been getting plenty of minutes that past 10 games.
Against the Jazz, he was 2-for-7 from the field and 0-of-3 from three-point range. The Lakers have a winning record and that is a good thing. Whenever James goes to a new team, it typically takes him a little while to adjust to him running the show.