Lakers Win Preseason Opener over Kings

The Los Angeles Lakers won their preseason opener over the Sacramento Kings 103-84. The score indicates a blowout, but the Lakers were down 13 at one point. A 20-1 fourth quarter run helped the Lakers secure the win.

Tonight, fans got a real good look at their Lakers team. They might not have a star studded starting lineup, but they are immensely deep. Coach Walton went with a lineup of Russell, Williams, Deng, Randle, and Mozgov. It surprised many to see Clarkson, arguably the team’s best player, come off the bench. The starting 5 was solid. They struggled a bit on offense with the turnovers but managed to keep it close with their defense.

The star of the show was Tarik Black. Clarkson did well with 12 points, but that much was expected given how talented he is. Black, on the other hand, surprised many with his play. He finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds. He was too fast for opposing centers and too strong for the forwards to guard. The Lakers are very deep at the power forward and center position. If Black wants to get minutes, he will need to keep up this kind of play.

The newly added veterans had solid performances. Mozgov and Deng are talented enough players to keep the Lakers competitive in more games than not. Jose Calderon impressed with his veteran presence. He was directing traffic and helped orchestrate the 20-1 run.

The big three of Randle, Russell and Ingram were slightly disappointing. They showed flashes of brilliance but had mediocre games.

Anthony Brown and Thomas Robinson were spark plugs off the bench. They played 7 minutes each; Brown had 10 points of 100% shooting, and Robinson had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

The Lakers turned in a great overall effort. Luke Walton’s philosophies of ball movement and defense were evident in today’s game as well. The Lakers’ staggering depth along with Luke’s coaching will definitely help the team win more games than last year.

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