Machada angelina: exhibition of the Lakers in Brooklyn

Without LeBron and Davis, the Lakers gave a defensive clinic to the NBA sensation. The Angelina surprise was led by Andre Drummond: 20 + 11 in 22 minutes.


The Lakers smile. Frank Vogel's team, evicted a couple of weeks ago, is now invaded by a strange sense of optimism, as unexpected as it is deserved. On the one hand, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are closer to returning, with what the wait is shortened and the stars return to complete a squad prepared to surround them, but not so much to play without them. On the other, they have achieved a victory in Brooklyn that nobody expected, in front of the NBA sensation and with a defensive display and a choral work that has filled Angelenos fans with joy, who have witnessed a real clinic against a rival almighty, achieving a triumph that nobody counted on and hitting the table, with which they have shown that they can play beyond LeBron and Davis and that the bases that Frank Vogel has laid are solid even in the absence of two players who are much more than mere references.

Since LeBron's injury against the Hawks, the Lakers have played 11 games, 12 if we count the one that injured the forward, who only played 10 minutes in it. In that period of time, the Angelenos have achieved five valuable victories that have cost a lot to get but that had only one objective: to avoid the play-in, that seventh place that Luka Doncic's Mavericks continue to occupy and that the franchise wants to know nothing about. of the Angels. Disputing that kind of preview that the NBA invented last year and has doubled this season is not something the Lakers want, who have become leaders of the Western Conference and enjoyed relative comfort until LeBron's injury, that has pushed them to the abyss in a season in which with a couple of bad weeks you can go back many positions in the classification.The Lakers have shown in Brooklyn why they are the best defense in the Western Conference and the second best in the NBA, only behind the Knicks of a Tom Thibodeau who has changed almost everything in the Big Apple. They have left a team that averages 119 points per game in just 101, with 43.8% in field goals and a meager 18.5% in triples, thanks to an ignominious series of shots that has included 27 attempts and only 5 hits. Kevin Durant has remained at 22 points, and Kyrie Irving, desperate, at 18, with an expulsion included for an altercation with Dennis Schröder, who has also been fired for the same action, powered by the Nets star. LaMarcus Aldrige has gone to 12 points, but he continues to pose problems in the rotation of Steve Nash, who loses on defense without Nicolas Claxton, a player who has seen his minutes considerably reduced.

The Lakers 'great game, by the way, can be summed up in one fact: before LeBron and Davis' injury, the team's defensive rating was 106.8. Now, without them, of 105.2. Until now, the Angelenos had only beaten winnable teams in the absence of LeBron, but with the victory against the Nets this dynamic is broken. Oh, and up to eight players surpassed 10 points, with special mention for the two recent signings: Ben McLemore, who went to 17 hammering the Nets from the triple (5 of 10, 19 of 34 for the Lakers in the game, a spectacular figure); and Andre Drummond, who had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds in just over 20 minutes and left Marc Gasol (in street clothes due to a muscular problem, in theory) without playing for the second consecutive game. Together with them, they all stood out and Talen Horton-Tucker, who added 14 points and 11 assists, a personal record in this last statistical section. In short, a great game for the Lakers, who save a new bullet, cut the waiting time of their stars and show that they are a real team. Smiles in LA It can't be otherwise.

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