The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Indiana Pacers 102-105 in a very tough matchup without Anthony Davis on Tuesday. Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon gave the Lakers huge problems, especially down the stretch. Sabonis finished with 26 points, ten boards, five assists, and a +13 +/-. The Pacers were a different team with Sabonis and Brogdon on the floor. Brogdon hit a clutch three-pointer down the stretch to seal the game for Indiana.
Lakers Three Point Struggles Continue….
As highlighted in pre-game, the Lakers’ three-point shooting was going to be essential, especially with Anthony Davis out with an ankle sprain. The Lakers shot 8-31 from deep, and it indeed was the difference throughout the game. If the three-point shooting doesn’t improve soon, I would not be surprised if the Lakers look to make a move to help with the three-point shooting struggles.
What Went Well for LAL?
Dwight Howard was a huge spark off of the bench against the Pacers. Dwight went 10-10 from the floor and finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Another positive for the Lakers was keeping up with Indiana in the rebound and turnover department. However, the weak three-point and free-throw shooting proved to be too impactful to recover against.
Armando’s Pre Game Keys
Control the Glass: The Lakers stayed even with Indiana on the glass. The Lakers finished with 42 rebounds ( 24 defensive, 14 offensive), and the Pacers finished with 43 rebounds ( 30 defensive, 13 offensive). I was impressed with how the Lake show kept up without their star player on the road tonight.
Win the Turnover Battle: I was impressed with how the Lakers took care of the ball during most of the game tonight. However, there were some critical turnovers down the stretch that hurt the Lakers. Overall if the Lakers can limit the turnovers, they will find themselves in almost every game.
Finally, Get Three-Point Shooting Back on Track: The Lakers’ three-point struggles amplified down the stretch against the Pacers. The Lakers finished 8-31 from deep and missed some key shots down the stretch. If these struggles aren’t solved soon, don’t be surprised if the Lakers try to make a move to help in that department.
What’s Next for LAL?
The struggles from the three-point range were amplified down the stretch in Indiana. However, contributions from Dwight Howard and Alex Caruso were great signs that role players can step up when needed. It’s difficult to know how the game would’ve differed with AD in the lineup. However, if the Lakers want to achieve the goals they have set, they HAVE to hit shots down the stretch. The Lakers’ next game is a powerhouse matchup this Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. If AD Is healthy enough to go, this could set up to be the game of the year to this point.
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