"Luke has been schooled in this game since he was a little kid", Popovich said.
Between Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes (18.8 points, 6.7 rebounds), Wesley Matthews (12.2 points, 38.4 percent from three) and J.J. Barea (11.9 points, a team-leading 6.1 assists), Smith Jr.is surrounded by savvy veterans, some of whom boast bona fide championship experience. Los Angeles had lost nine straight before its current surge. "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". "I thought Brandon, obviously, was huge down the stretch, [and Ball] was great throughout".
"We're a resilient group", said Harrison Barnes, the team's leading scorer at 18.8 points per game. "We got close a couple of times, but then we would turn it over some more due to [the Lakers'] defensive pressure". Bryn Forbes buried his first shot and scored on a layup after jumping in the passing lane to steal the ball from Lonzo Ball. More entertainingly, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich settled for noting that LaVar is "just another fan from the peanut gallery". Their desire was at a totally different level than ours was. So, I'm excited with the way we're playing. The 20-year old point guard says he can feel the waves coming in but Kuzma ain't buying it.
Furious though the Lakers were, they were afraid to reply and make the story even bigger. The Spurs finally took the lead back when Forbes hit his second three-pointer of the game on a 15-3 run. Green missed his fifth consecutive game with a groin strain. Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Kawhi Leonard (left shoulder strain) have already been ruled out.
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"Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he has smoked out the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton".
Well, if the Lakers fire Walton, they'll only do it once they've secured another guy for the job.
I knew Joe from Philadelphia, where I covered him as a young player.
I usually stay away from discussing what-if trade scenarios, but it's tough to ignore the noise around this Lakers team, A name that's been mentioned in trade talks since the offseason is fourth-year forward Julius Randle. "Because we're not going to get for you talent-wise what we would want, so let's figure this thing out.' And we did". Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak by routing Orlando 114-99 at home Wednesday before slipping past Charlotte 115-111 the next night on the road.
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