Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:34 am

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Monday, January 15, 2018, 2:30 PM PDT
FedExForum • Memphis, TN

Referees: James Williams (#60), Brent Barnaky (#36), Scott Twardoski (#52)

Line: Grizzlies -2

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking for a fifth consecutive win when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

The Lakers, who hadn't won more than two in a row until their current run, opened a three-game trip with a 107-101 overtime victory at Dallas on Saturday night.

The win came on the heels of three straight victories at home, including a 93-81 stunner over the San Antonio Spurs.

In the Grizzlies, the Lakers will see a familiar foe. The clubs already have met twice this season, both times in Los Angeles, with Memphis getting a split with a 109-99 win on Dec. 27.

The Lakers won the first head-to-head 107-102 in November.

Tyreke Evans had 32 points for Memphis in its win over the Lakers last month. And the first-year member of the Grizzlies hasn't slowed down much in his team's six games since then, scoring 22 or more points four times.

Interestingly, the Grizzlies and Lakers have continued to share the news in recent weeks without having played. David Fizdale, who was fired as Memphis coach on Nov. 27, has been rumored to be a possible replacement for the Lakers' Luke Walton.

Fizdale hasn't commented on the Lakers, but he did take time recently to say thank you to the Grizzlies for a year-and-a-half shot at being an NBA head coach.

"I don't have any bitterness toward anyone," said Fizdale, who compiled a 50-51 record as the Memphis coach. "I only have fond feelings for everyone. ... I hold no hard feelings toward the Grizzlies. They gave me an opportunity to see if I can do this."

Fizdale was fired after a 7-12 start this season. The club has done worse under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, going 6-16.

Interestingly, Walton has led the Lakers to a nearly identical record -- 7-16 -- since the day Fizdale was fired. But that includes the current four-game winning streak that has quieted the talk of a need for a new coach.

In fact, Walton received support on Twitter from both Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and team executive Magic Johnson during and after the Dallas win Saturday.

Johnson's remarks included, "Coach Luke Walton has the Lakers playing some of their best basketball of the season."

While noting he doesn't have a Twitter account, Walton declared after the game that he appreciates the support.

"Jeanie's always been great," Walton insisted. "So there's no doubt that they support me."

Improved play of late from Julius Randle has helped the Lakers turn things around. He had a 23-point, 15-rebound outing against Dallas, his fifth double-double in the last eight games.

The Grizzlies have beaten the Lakers six straight times at home. The last time the Lakers won at Memphis was December 2013.

Kyle Kuzma was the individual star when the Lakers beat the Grizzlies in November. The rookie had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Kuzma, the 27th overall selection of last June's draft, ranks second among all rookies this season in scoring (16.7 points per game) and fifth in rebounding (6.3).


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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:09 am

ANOTHER EARLY GAME TODAY, BRETHREN! WHAT AN HONOR FOR THE LAKERS TO PLAY IN MEMPHIS ON MLK DAY!!

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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:25 pm

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That just gave me a stomach pain at night.Go Lakers
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:39 pm

Damn - so B. Shaw is coaching tonight? No Lonzo, no Ingram . . hopefully the squad steps up and plays lights-out and steals another win! Just play hard!! Kuzma for 40! Randle for 25/12/5!! Lopez for 15 from downtown!! Yes I am dreaming!! :imok:
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:51 pm

No Lonzo, No Ingram. We are down 60-50 at Half. Not looking good.
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:11 pm

3Peatkb24 wrote:No Lonzo, No Ingram. We are down 60-50 at Half. Not looking good.




Shooting 39% from the field won’t help us win. At least we’re hitting our free throws for the most part.
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:49 pm

lakerevolution wrote:Damn - so B. Shaw is coaching tonight? No Lonzo, no Ingram . . hopefully the squad steps up and plays lights-out and steals another win! Just play hard!! Kuzma for 40! Randle for 25/12/5!! Lopez for 15 from downtown!! Yes I am dreaming!! :imok:



I understand brutha. You got all caught up in MLK Day. Everybody gots to dream LOL


Seriously, this was a winnable game. If we had Lonzo & BI
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:09 pm

We're 0-7 without Lonzo, meaning that we're 15-21 with him. We need our two 20 year old future all-star to be healthy. If they can get and stay healthy, we will attract FAs.
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:39 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:We're 0-7 without Lonzo, meaning that we're 15-21 with him. We need our two 20 year old future all-star to be healthy. If they can get and stay healthy, we will attract FAs.


Yeah it's like we are a different team with him. It's his leadership + he runs the Offense better than anyone we have.
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:51 pm

3Peatkb24 wrote:Yeah it's like we are a different team with him. It's his leadership + he runs the Offense better than anyone we have.


Never mind the statistics that show we are a much better defensive team with him. Lonzo has the IT factor. A supremely instinctive basketball player who are very few and far between
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Re: Game 43: 01/15/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:33 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:
3Peatkb24 wrote:Yeah it's like we are a different team with him. It's his leadership + he runs the Offense better than anyone we have.


Never mind the statistics that show we are a much better defensive team with him. Lonzo has the IT factor. A supremely instinctive basketball player who are very few and far between


I agree. Some things Stats cant measure, like leadership and presence. That is what made Magic better than almost anyone that has played the game, the way he leads and gets his teammates involved. Magic's stats were Great but not mind blowing like a Jordan or LeBron but Magic's leadership even things out.
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