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State Of Lakers In The Bubble

Game 3

8/3

Lakers vs Utah

Game Breakdown

The Lakers came into the game against

the Utah Jazz looking to improve their

shooting and get their dynamic duo of

Lebron James and Anthony Davis. Both

teams 1-1 in the NBA bubble each team

coming off a double digit losses Saturday.

Tonight this game was dominated by

Davis who dropped 42 points grabbed 12

rebounds! AD was aggressive from the tip.

Lebron managed the offense chipping in

22 points,8 Rebounds,9 Assists and shot

over 50%. This propelled the Lakers to the

#1 seed in the Western Conference with

116-108 win over the Jazz who drop their

2nd straight game.

The Jazz jumped on the Lakers to start

the game 7-0. The 2nd game in a row

where the Lakers started slowly. The

difference tonight the Lakers woke up

quickly and Davis became very assertive

shooting right away and doing what he

does best drawing fouls to get to the

charity stripe. The Lakers would outscore

the Jazz 21-10 over 5 minute stretch and

would end the 1st quarter 24-24.

In The 2nd quarter the Jazz All-Star guard

Donavon Mitchell made presence felt with

pushing the pace and dropping 14 of his

21 points in the 1st Half. The game would

go back and forth with constant lead

changes. AD kept up his torrid pace and

dropped 24 points in the 1st half. Lakers would go into halftime up 2 with a 58-56

The Jazz to start the 2nd half jumped out

to an 8-0 run and the Lakers didn’t panic

they quickly tied the game back up. Then

the Jazz scored 5 points in a row to take a

71-67 lead.

The Lakers then turned it up and hit them

19-5 run of their own that gave them

control of the 3rd quarter. This put the

Lakers up 10 with a score 86-76 to end

the period.

The final quarter the Lakers would be in

full control even though the Jazz kept

scrapping the Lakers just kept answering

the call whenever the Jazz came close. In

the final minutes AD closed the show with

a powerful dunk and a step back 3 pointer

that led to a foul that turned it into a 4

point play. That would seal the deal on a

hard fought Lakers win. The final score

116-108.

My 2 Cents

The dynamic duo showed up tonight.

Lebron and AD combined for 64 points,20

rebounds,13 assists. This what you expect

from 2 titans of game. Sense of urgency

was very relevant in this game the Lakers

wanted to lock down that 1 seed.

Defense was much better in stints tonight

but still had it lapses. The Lakers were

able to force 21 turnovers but where out

rebounded 42-38. The 12 steals by the

Lakers made up for it which helped lead to

16 fast break points.

The Bench didn’t score 50 points tonight

but they did their job. The collective unit

added 34 points led by Dwight Howard 11

points also had some moments that

looked like his All-Star past. Making up for

Javale McGee’s 0 points in that rotating

center position. Howard was 4-4 from the

Field and was a big lift to the Lakers

overall anchoring the defense and playing

a physical game against the Utah big

men.

My assessment of the game is this! The

Lakers only needed to win a few games to

lock up the West. The heavy lifting has

been done this season before the restart

the Lakers just finished the job. This is 1 of

their goals realized. I expect the Lakers to

rest their big stars in these next 5 games

periodically and may not even have them

play in the 4th quarter to stay fresh for a

playoff matchup that could prove to be

difficult in a atmosphere like this

especially with a team that can be boiling

hot coming into the series. These are

things we can worry about in the next few

weeks but for now enjoy the moment the

Lakers are back atop of the Western

Conference after a decade away from the

top.

Written By:Pop Dibiase

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