Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:38 am

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Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00 PM PDT
Air Canada Centre • Toronto, ON

Referees: Rodney Mott (#71), Josh Tiven (#58), Scott Twardoski (#52)

Replay Center: Sean Corbin, Kane Fitzgerald, Leon Wood

Line: Raptors -10.5

TV: Spectrum SportsNet

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GAME PREVIEW: LAKERS AT RAPTORS


by NBA.com

TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Lakers will be able to measure how much they have turned things around when they play the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.

After losing nine games in a row, the Lakers have won eight of their past 10 games, including four in a row following their 108-103 victory over the Bulls at Chicago on Friday that opened a five-game road trip.

"You kind of either fold or you figure it out," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "Our guys have seemed to figure it out, for now at least."

The Raptors have won their past five meetings against the Lakers since 2015 but should not be in a mood to take them lightly after losing the opener of a three-game homestand 97-93 to the Utah Jazz on Friday.

It was only the fourth home loss of the season for the Raptors, who have won 17 at the ACC and have the second-best home record in the NBA.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said the team was "down" during practice Saturday. The Jazz scored 12 of the final 14 points of the game and held the Raptors to 38.9 percent shooting. The Raptors led by six points with 2:24 to play.

"Everybody's disappointed that we didn't play well last night and gave up a game," he said. "After having a good game in Atlanta, then not having the right tone, the right sense of urgency to begin the game."

The Raptors (32-15) will try to complete a season-series sweep against the Lakers (19-29) Sunday after they won the first meeting of the season 101-92 on Oct. 27 at the Staples Center.

The Raptors had a similar domination against the Jazz in recent seasons, but lost Friday on Ricky Rubio's 3-pointer in the final seconds and DeMar DeRozan then missed his shot.

"There's an old saying, 'The way you start is the way you finish,' and we finished the way we started," Casey said. "And we have got to learn from it if we're serious about going somewhere. We can talk all this stuff about winning and beating people, but if you don't approach it and do the job the right way, from coaching staff all the way down to the players, we're not going anywhere."

"It was kind of a letdown in the first quarter, I don't know, and that was their run," said Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, who had 28 points and 14 rebounds Friday despite finishing with five fouls. "They had a good start. We thought we fixed it, but in the third quarter they came back again. It was a tough game and they shot the ball well, so we have to do a better job to start the game and throughout the game."

Valanciunas has a team-best 14 double-doubles this season, and on Friday hit two 3-point shots in a game for the first time in his career.

Casey talked to his team Saturday about being ready from the start against the Lakers. "They're going to come out guns ablazing," he said. "They're a running team."

The Lakers also have found an identity defensively during their surge.

"Defensive stops," Walton said. "That is how you win consistently. So many NBA games come down to the end, and the players in this league are so talented that if you are not able to count on getting stops, it is 50-50 who wins those games."

"We're staying together, we're thinking defense first," said Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who scored 25 points Friday. "The coaches talk about it every single day, every time we practice, every time we come into games, and we just talk about the defensive end first before anything. ...

"At some point you get tired of losing. At some point I think we lost some very winnable games, and I think some of it is us growing up and realizing some of our talent on the floor and how we can utilize each other."

Rookie guard Lonzo Ball remains out with a sore left knee for the Lakers, who are 7-15 on the road this season. They have not defeated the Raptors since Nov. 30, 2014.


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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:14 pm

This is going to be a tough matchup, hopefully we can keep it close giving us a chance in the end.
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:20 pm

Down by 10 at the half, but once again fighting hard! Julius Randle better be a Laker next season and for the foreseeable future.
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:53 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:Down by 10 at the half, but once again fighting hard! Julius Randle better be a Laker next season and for the foreseeable future.


Randle has had a strong game with 17/10 so far. I am following the game but we are down 89-74 late in the 3rd. I agree, I think we should keep Randle and Clarkson. I think Lopez and KCP are expendable.
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:29 pm

Oh well. They scrapped. Very predictable, especially after the Raptors' loss to Utah the other day. Brush it off and get a W in Orlando!

On a personal note, please send out some vibes, prayers, whatever to my wife who is very ill and is having a shunt put in her head tomorrow. Right now she has no quality of life, but if the shunt works, there's a chance that she might be able to enjoy life again somewhat. Thank you, brethren!
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:44 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:Oh well. They scrapped. Very predictable, especially after the Raptors' loss to Utah the other day. Brush it off and get a W in Orlando!

On a personal note, please send out some vibes, prayers, whatever to my wife who is very ill and is having a shunt put in her head tomorrow. Right now she has no quality of life, but if the shunt works, there's a chance that she might be able to enjoy life again somewhat. Thank you, brethren!


My prayers are with you my Great Brethren friend. I know you mentioned to me when we met you had been taking care of her a lot, you are a Great man Kenny. I hope she gets better.
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:07 pm

Sorry I missed the game, bretheren -- it was a very busy weekend and I kind of unplugged. Randle is a fierce dude and I certainly hope he can take a little less to remain a Laker. He's a cross between Draymond and Rambis!

Ken - I've had the pleasure of meeting your wife twice, I believe, as well as partying with you and your amazing sons. Please accept all my best wishes for you wife's improved health and know that I really respect you for being there for her no matter what. We're a great group of men in here.
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby Moos » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:08 pm

"KobeMVP888"

On a personal note, please send out some vibes, prayers, whatever to my wife who is very ill and is having a shunt put in her head tomorrow. Right now she has no quality of life, but if the shunt works, there's a chance that she might be able to enjoy life again somewhat. Thank you, brethren!

God heal her and give her health, wellness and peace.
My aunt will be going for lumpectomy in a few weeks.
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Re: Game 49: 01/28/18 Lakers at Raptors GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:01 pm

Hey Ken! Prayers going up for you & your wife my friend! I pray that God sends his angels to be around your wife’s hospital bed during her procedure. Love ya brethren!
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