Everyone is coming for Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball’s head because of all the mess his dad has talked as he “big balled” (but have you noticed that Lonzo has said nothing and just kept quiet, proving he belongs here like one of his triple doubles will do soon on the box score?). And Washington Wizards lead guard John Wall out of the nations capital D.C. was no exception and the latest as he vowed to be merciless with the ball against Ball, as his Griffindors headed to L.A.’s STAPLES.
But despite John’s 18 and Lonzo’s struggles scoring like Wall in the clutch, Ball handed out 10 P.G. prototype worthy assists to go with his Kidd like shot, as after failing to capitalize on their 20 point comeback in their last game these young Lakes mounted a 12-2 run with the Ball (holding Wash to just an unlucky 13 in the fourth), that saw them outlast the Wiz 102-99 after one overtime.
Digging deep this raw team took it back in time and took downtown Los Angeles, California to the twin cities of Minneapolis like they where playing Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves on the road. Playing in the beautiful sky blue hue of the MPLS Lakers jerseys that they will wear for four more quarters, four times this season the Lakers paid tribute to their original star before the purple and gold and the City of Angels, gentle giant, George Mikan. Just like Kobe Bryant at the three-peat parade after West (44). You could almost hear the tills ringing over the crowds cheers as these instant vintage, Hardwood Classics, Wish come true Nike jerseys were in more demand than those Kyle Kumza zeroes.
And 2K yet again showed that Ball wasn’t the only rook to watch with the peach as his 15 off the bench helped the Lake Show blue overcome 28 from Bradley Beal downtown on L.A’.s street. Still sophomore sensation Brandon Ingram really is the one for the Lakers this season and right now as his 11 fourth quarter points kept the Lakers elastic in this tight game down the stretch. B.I. had a team high 19 to go along with a double deuce of 10 rebounds off the glass.
But in this social media hyped Ball v Wall it was another Kentucky Wildcat alumnus and the junior who started this youth in revolt off, young Julius Randle who was key like Kobe having the pick to every lock in the city of Los Angeles. Randle had an all ball big block on Wall that turned the “no mercy” and bricks round on him. Before he was found all alone on the other side of the court for a wild, breakaway dunk that capped off the night and is how this young Showtime team puts the dagger in you. The big man even hit a big three like his name was Brook Lopez.
And as the seconds turned to red around the glass Lonzo Ball stood and did nothing. No harm, no foul as he let an off-balance Wall behind him tumble a chance to tie or take the game into another overtime as the next generation got over the Wall from D.C. that fell like a house of cards.
I think that’s what mercy looks like.
Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win
Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa’s basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.
Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.
The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.
Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss
Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!
The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.
The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.
Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.
Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.
The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.
Damian Lillard silky smooth 60-point career-high
Damian Lillard’s ascend to NBA stardom is a primary reason for anybody to cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers all-star guard. Lillard’s sharpshooting game, combined with his poignant and fierce lyrically skills are yet another glaring trend that have pushed his name towards a future hall-of-fame ballot and a potential thriving microphone ‘chin checking’ career if he so desires when his playing days are over.
On magical NBA Friday night, matched-up opposite one of the games’ best rising star — Oakland’s finest took his game to another level by dropping a career-high 60 points against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. The four-time all-star and 2017-18 All-NBA first-team guard drilled 19-of-33 (57%) field-goals, 7-of-16 (43%) three-pointers and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line.
The two dynamic scoring guards have a history of finding an extra gear when facing each other. Irving dropped a career-high 55 points on Dame and the Blazers back in January 2015 when he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Although, the 60-point effort came in a tough 119-115 loss it’s hard to ignore the fact Lillard is one of a select few players that have dropped a 50-plus point game in the last five seasons — dating back to the 2015-2016 NBA season. Lillard’s previous best, was a 59-point outburst against the Utah Jazz in 2017.
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