The Los Angeles Lakers evened their series with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night with a 109-102 victory in enemy territory. While they weren’t perfect throughout the game, they stepped up when it mattered most. Here are three takeaways from Game 2…
When Anthony Davis struggles, this whole Lakers team struggles, and that was clear for all to see in Game 1. However, when Davis is aggressive, the Lakers are an absolute nightmare to play against. Say what you will about Davis, but he’s consistent with his inconsistency, and it works for him and the Lakers more often than not.
On Tuesday, there was no doubt who the most dominant defensive team on the floor was. In the fourth quarter, when the Lakers needed to pull away, it was their defense that won them the game. That’s not to say that the tough shots LeBron James hit down the stretch meant nothing — after all, you need to score more than the other team to win — but when the Lakers were locked in defensively, they were able to get stops pretty comfortably and, as a result, buy their offense some time to get something going.
At long last, Marc Gasol got some run on Tuesday and it was … fine. Gasol provided some steady playmaking in the non-LeBron lineups, and he hit big a 3-pointer when no one on the Lakers was making their shots, but overall, he was just okay. The good news is that “okay” is all that he needed to be.
With his shift on Tuesday, Gasol showed the situations that he is and isn’t valuable in, and that knowledge is important for a coach trying to manage three centers that provide very different skillsets. Granted, this might not be the best series for Gasol, but at least Vogel knows that he’s not completely useless against the Suns. In other words, he should have some comfort playing all three of Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell and Gasol. Just maybe not all together.
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