While LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley sat once more on Sunday, the Lakers gave their maximum mins of the preseason to rotation gamers in a win over the Warriors, 124-121.
Anthony Davis did go back to the courtroom after sitting out final week’s back-to-back and appeared like he hadn’t overlooked a 2nd, dominating in the primary part. He performed simplest in brief in the 3rd quarter prior to sitting, having performed 21 mins at the evening.
The likes of Kendrick Nunn (25 mins), Lonnie Walker IV (23 mins), Juan Toscano-Anderson (22 mins) and Austin Reaves (26 mins) all noticed prolonged motion at the evening as Darvin Ham gave rotation gamers a longer run towards the protecting champions.
Here’s a have a look at the 3 largest takeaways from the fourth preseason recreation of the red and gold.
Anthony Davis seems to be (perhaps?) again to his perfect
It was once 3 quarters of a preseason recreation that didn’t function both of Russell Westbrook or LeBron James, however AD seemed truly dang excellent on Sunday night. He totaled 28 issues on 9-of-18 capturing, flattening a couple of path 3-pointers and all 8 of his unfastened throws.
That got here after his preseason debut in which he performed successfully one quarter and had a double-double. His jumper seems to be clean, it’s falling in contrast to it did many of the final two seasons and he’s shifting with a fluidity that appears reminiscent to the 2019-20 season.
Now, once more, I will’t rigidity sufficient it’s a small pattern dimension and it’s the preseason. But with the Lakers depending so closely on him and LeBron this season, seeing sure first indicators like that is very encouraging.
So, imagine your self warned, @NBA?
Kendrick Nunn continues to polish
It was once about this level final yr when Nunn went down with a bone bruise and changed into extra a figment of creativeness than anything the remainder of the season. This preseason, he’s proven all of the promise and extra that had the Lakers excited for his signing final yr.
On Sunday, he persevered a robust appearing throughout the exhibition slate, flattening a quartet of 3-pointers, connecting on 4 extra baskets within the arc and having a look like a secondary ballhandler that the Lakers lacked final season.
Now, wrap him in bubble wrap for the rest of the preseason so he is usually a issue this upcoming season.
Lonnie Walker IV spot-up shooter?
The Lakers’ different contemporary mid-level signee, Walker seemed at ease in his 2nd recreation of the preseason on Sunday, in particular as a spot-up shooter. He shot 3-of-6 from vary and 5-of-12 general for his 14 issues and seemed in a perfect drift when flattening the ones 3-pointers.
The Lakers are banking on Walker being an progressed shooter this season after capturing 31.4% in his ultimate yr in San Antonio. Through a couple of preseason appearances and a restricted general coaching camp because of harm, he’s proven some promising flashes.
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