The Lakers take a break

Kuzma closes with 24 points and 13 rebounds against Indiana. Anthony Davis will remain on leave, at least, until the end of March-beginning of April.

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It rains slightly less in Los Angeles. It has not completely cleared up, but the light came out for the Lakers: they beat the Indiana Pacers (105-100) a confrontation that was decided in the last ten seconds by a steal by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from Sabonis with 103-100 for the Angelenos. And with a superb Kyle Kuzma: 24 points and 13 rebounds.

The power forward was the best news for some Angelenos who played their 10th game without Anthony Davis. It will not be the last. The all star will be reevaluated within two weeks of the muscular injury in the lower part of the calf of the right leg that has him standing since last February 15. The end of March and the beginning of April is the supposed line for a return that is necessary in the current NBA champion: his balance without Davis in this section is 3-7, with lapses of four defeats in a row, then two… Painful damage about a team built around its two great stars and that doubts when either of them is missing.

If we add to that that Marc Gasol continues to comply with the health security protocols due to the coronavirus, the problems are piling up, of course. "We will be patient with Davis and continue to win games. We will all be delighted when he can return," said Frank Vogel, Lakers coach.

Malcolm Brogdon, superb

And in the face of such a swell, the Pacers and a Malcolm Brogdon appeared who disguised himself as a slaughterer to fish in a rough river. In the first quarter he made 18 points. At halftime they were 21 with a spotless 4 of 4 from the triple. And the advantage, for Indiana (46-54). The Lakers gritted their teeth after a locker room lap without Caruso: a blow to the head after hitting the ground, prevented him from appearing in the second half. Partial 15-2 start with Schroder and LeBron punishing from the perimeter. The King did not have his best night, although he closed with 18 points and 10 assists. The point guard made 11. Harrell's defense was noticeable as were Kuzma's stabs in attack.

But, despite the growth of Angelenos, Indiana was not daunted. He managed to stretch again on the scoreboard without much difficulty and took advantage of LeBron's long absence between the third and fourth periods: with only one practice in the last nine days due to the All Star Game break, Vogel did not want to risk ... even if that meant that the Pacers went 12 up (74-86). Back to start for the Lakers: partial 17-4 and 98-93 with five minutes to go. They resisted and added the 25th victory of the season in 38 games. The Jazz, leaders of the Western Conference, follow 3.5 games.



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