Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:19 am

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:30 PM PDT
Staples Center • Los Angeles, CA

Referees: Jason Phillips (#23), Curtis Blair (#74), Leon Wood (#40)

Replay Center: Brent Barnaky, Nick Buchert

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Local TV: Spectrum SportsNet

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GAME PREVIEW: MAVERICKS AT LAKERS


by NBA.com

Now that the Los Angeles Lakers are officially eliminated from postseason play, they'll try to wrap up the final two weeks on a positive note.

After losing five of six on the road, the Lakers return home to play seven of their final nine games at Staples Center beginning Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Lakers (32-41) lost at the Detroit Pistons 112-106 on Monday night and were eliminated from the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

In recent games, Los Angeles has been unable to put together two good halves. The Lakers led at halftime in three of their past four games, but lost all three.

"I think we're really just frustrating ourselves," Lakers center Brook Lopez told the Southern California News Group. "I know I am. We feel as a team we definitely can be better. They're very winnable games, (with) all respect to the teams we played, we feel a lot of it's on us."

The Mavericks (23-51) ended a five-game losing streak with a 103-97 victory at the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. The game was played before a sparse crowd because protests over a local police shooting prevented many fans from entering Golden 1 Center.

Dallas' Harrison Barnes is having his best month of the season, averaging 21.2 points. He's 13 for 24 from beyond the arc in the past three games.

Dallas has been getting good play of late from Doug McDermott. The 6-8 forward, who the Mavericks acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks last month, is 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the past two games.

"He's moving great and guys are finding him," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "His cutting off the ball has been great."

Los Angeles has been severely short-handed, but help could be on the way.

Leading scorer Brandon Ingram has been cleared for contact after missing the past 12 games with a groin injury. He played three-on-three at practice Tuesday with no setbacks. He's listed as questionable against the Mavericks.

Lakers back-up point guard Isaiah Thomas will miss his third straight game with a nagging hip injury that dates to the end of last season with the Boston Celtics. Josh Hart, another guard who has been in and out of the starting lineup, is close to coming back from hand surgery performed March 2, but his return won't come until Friday against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks at the earliest.

The Lakers had only nine available players when they beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, but added guard Gary Payton II and forward Thomas Bryant from the South Bay Lakers of the G-League. Forward Channing Frye played against the Pistons, his first action since undergoing an appendectomy over the All-Star break.

Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was in a shooting slump for seven straight games before making 7-of-8 shots and scoring 15 points against the Pistons. He has finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double in the past two games.

"I don't like looking at stats," Ball said. "I go out there and focus on the score."


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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

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:Nutskick: 12 missed games because of that? Fuck you, Justise Winslow!!!
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:58 pm

Glad to see BI will be back! This should be an easy win right? Isnt the Cubes tanking :roflmao:
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:56 pm

Just coasting into April, gents. Should be an easy if meaningless win - although I don't know the numbers around us affecting that draft pick.
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:58 pm

lakerevolution wrote:Just coasting into April, gents. Should be an easy if meaningless win - although I don't know the numbers around us affecting that draft pick.


Coasting is right. They're back from the road and playing like shit. Down by 7 to the shit Mavs with 8 to go in the 3rd and looking like they ain't interested in turning anything around.
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:21 pm

Julius ignites a 14-0 run and we're up 1 going into the 4th quarter. They should want this one if for no other reason than to take the season series from these guys, who beat us 14 straight before this season.
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Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:50 pm

Rick Carlisle rolled out the Cuban Tank and the Lakers pull away easily. Julius with 9 straight 20 point games. 33 wins with 8 to go. 6 home games at Staples Center, 1 away game at Staples and 1 game (loss) in Utah. I'll be sad not to be watching any more Lakers games until October. I'll be representing on Friday vs. the Greek Freak.
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:59 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:Rick Carlisle rolled out the Cuban Tank and the Lakers pull away easily. Julius with 9 straight 20 point games. 33 wins with 8 to go. 6 home games at Staples Center, 1 away game at Staples and 1 game (loss) in Utah. I'll be sad not to be watching any more Lakers games until October. I'll be representing on Friday vs. the Greek Freak.


The Cuban Tank came in and stormed out :roflmao: Hey 33 wins now, I love it. Randle has become one of my favorite players. Don't let me get on the phone with my idol Magic Johnson and tell him to do whatever it takes to re-sign the next ZBo!
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:36 am

3Peatkb24 wrote:Don't let me get on the phone with my idol Magic Johnson and tell him to do whatever it takes to re-sign the next ZBo!




My reply tweet was simply: @jeaniebuss @MagicJohnson @stopstevejr (Rob Pelinka)
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:02 am

Problem solved: PAY DA MAN :LOBtrophy:
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Julius Russell » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:46 pm

Randle was best earlier in the year imo. His defense was some of the best in the league.
Lately he's been a mich better scorer but his energy on D has suffered a bit.

Still
I rather Randle...Brook...IT and PG than Bron and PG
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Re: Game 74: 03/28/18 Mavericks at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:15 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:
3Peatkb24 wrote:Don't let me get on the phone with my idol Magic Johnson and tell him to do whatever it takes to re-sign the next ZBo!




My reply tweet was simply: @jeaniebuss @MagicJohnson @stopstevejr (Rob Pelinka)


Love it! I am all in with Randle and PG with Ingram, Kuzma, and Lonzo. Regarding the Salary Cap, not sure what we can do with KCP and Lopez? Lopez isn't a stiff and we need a Center so maybe we try and bring him back? I love his Offense. I love KCP's athletic ability and he can hit the 3 too. He's younger and healthier compared to Thomas, so I say KCP instead of Thomas.
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