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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2022 9:56 pm    Post subject: LAKERS -vs- HORNETS - 7-10-22 - Thoughts and :-(( Ratings

Summer League Game 5... A rare sudden-death overtime game.

Early on, the Lakers pulled out to a 13-point lead, finishing the first quarter by making 10 of 11 attempts.

A 10-0 run by the Hornets cut the lead down to 4 late in the second. They traded hoops during the third quarter and the Lakers took a 4-point lead into the fourth.

Hornets led by 5 midway through the fourth. Two 4-point possessions in a row by Cole Swider, and the Lakers were back even again.

As the Lakers tried to pull away, the Hornets rattled off a 6-0 run late. With 20 seconds left, the Hornets tied the game up with a three. Timeout Lakers.

The Lakers put the ball in Mason Jones’s hand to create. He got a switch, attacked it and was blocked at the rim with 2 seconds left by the help D. On to overtime.

Jones hit a three in OT to take a 1-point lead. This was then followed by a stop and two FTs by Swider with 8 seconds left. Up 3, the Lakers Nate Pierre-Louis fouled a three shooter on a running attempt with 4 seconds left, sending him to the line to tie the game.

Timeout Lakers again with 4.3 left. The ball to Jones again, and he couldn’t hit an iso three. In Summer League, the second OT is sudden death.

The Lakers got the first possession and Scotty Pippen Jr. airballed a three attempt. The Hornets attacked on the other end, drew help from Swider from the strongside corner. Kickout. Open three for the Hornets 89-86 win.


Christie -- -- Better start to this game, but his impact kind of faded as the game went along. Still he got double digits scoring and a couple steals. (I could have sworn he got a block in, too, on a corner three by McGowen but no stat listed for that. He also forced McGowens into an airball on a step-back jumper on iso. He would also foul McGowens on a three attempt. McGowens would go 2-14 shooting in this game, but they weren’t always matched up. Defensively, the team’s perimeter defense was a lot stronger whenever he was on the floor. Offensively, it’s still a bit of an adventure when he’s attacking the lane. He did knockdown another floater and also scored with his left attacking off a handoff. He also hit a pull-up three coming off a screen. None of his threes fell and he had some good looks at them. He was laid out, getting rejected on a drive trying to score strong at the rim. He doesn’t quite know how to use his length yet and being light on his feet, he just went flying. The Stats: He scored 10 points on 3-10 shooting (0-3 from three, 4-4 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 foul in 30 minutes. He was a +0.

Pippen Jr. -- -- He was really imposing himself on the defensive end early on. Papa Pippen would be proud of that first half where he had 3 steals (I counted 4), 1 block and forcing a 8-second violation in the backcourt. Good hands, good anticipation, good hustle to make that happen. But the effort there faded a bit in the second half probably as his energy dropped off. Those kind of D skills can certainly translate to the next level. It’s reading, reacting and just being quick with the hands when the opportunities are spotted. That was the most impressive part of his game today. Offensively, this was more of a floor general/passing game for him. Even dad mentioned that he’s a scoring guard and is now needing to show that playmaking more. Pippen Sr. also said he definitely has to work on his lob pass. At least on the next level, there is a little more margin for error on some of those with some of the athletes. He connected on one in this game, had another blocked and was off the mark on a third. He’s shown some trouble with that as mentioned, previously. Good to see the 7 assists, but he also had the 5 turnovers (two or three of those may have been stepping out of bounds). There have been some excellent bits of court vision, though. In the last game you hand that no-looker he had to thread to a cutting Bass. In this one he had a nice baseline drive and bounce pass to a big for a score. He had another bounce pass he threaded in tight quarters that led to points. He read a tricky kickout to Swider for a three. Scoring wise, he had a couple really bad attempts on finishes around challenges by bigs. Pippen is my height, 6-0, without shoes. He showed some good bounce in his vertical at the combine. He’s good when he gets contact with defenders, but those bigs had him throwing a reverse over the top of the backboard and nearly a layup over the top, as well. He’s a better finisher around the rim than, say, a DFish, for sure. (Although, in summer league way back in ‘96, young Fish threw down a monster jam that I’m not sure Pippen has in him.) But he’s shown a lot of ability to use his body well and finish with consistency. Three ball wasn’t there tonight and he airballed a big step-back attempt late in the game. The Stats: He scored 10 points on 4-15 shooting (0-3 from three, 2-2 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 7 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 5 turnovers and 3 fouls in 30 minutes. He was a -1.

Swider -- -- Swider with some playmakers setting the table for him is going to feast. He dropped 21, hitting 5 threes in this one. He had back-to-back 4-point possessions in a key stretch of the game that helped the Lakers recover. The Lakers didn’t go back to him after that. Part of that is just not knowing how to play as a team. Part of that is summer league tunnel vision. He hasn’t been very effective on shooting on the move whether it’s coming off screens or coming off pull-ups. His success is largely catch and shoot. So it’s not easy putting up big numbers yourself when you are dependent on others. At the next level, you need guys who can space the floor and put the ball in the hoop around your playmakers and superstars. The problem for him, though, will be on D. That was the rub in college and he improved. But it’s really hard to see any of that in summer league. No one is going after him on D. And that last play where his man hit the game winner, you typically don't want to leave to help from that strong side corner. That’s not the concern, though. What I'm really curious to see is a team just trying to get him on switches or in pick and rolls more or just iso on him to see how he responds. Lakers have been giving him defensive assignments where there is no iso game to worry about. On the few screens he’s had to navigate, he tends to be pretty sticky and the D gets an advantage. He’s struggled a little bit getting outmuscled on the defensive glass in summer, but he pulled down a big on with 8.5 seconds left in this one. He was then fouled and made the two FTs. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Of all the skills all of our summer leaguers have shown, his shooting is the most NBA-ready skill. If it ever disappears, though, he hasn’t shown a whole lot more outside of those two trackdown blocks he had previously. But he has been consistent as hell at shooting the ball. The Stats: He scored 21 points on 6-10 shooting (5-8 from three, 4-4 from the line) to go with 4 boards, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers and 3 fouls in 31 minutes. He was a +1.

Killeya-Jones -- -- I’ll give him a positive in this one since he showed improvement. I mentioned in the last one that he hasn’t provided much of a defensive presence in the paint. He stepped that up in this one with 4 blocks. He also took a charge to get another stop. Good to finally see him step that up in the paint. He also did a good job hitting the offensive glass, battling for 5 there. Offensively, his guards set him up for some scores on drives and dishes or a lob on our opening screen-the-screener, stack sequence. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 4-9 shooting (0-1 from three, 0-2 from the line) to go with 7 boards (5 offensive), 2 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks and 2 fouls in 26 minutes. He was a -7.

Pierre-Louis -- -- Quite the adventure in this game. On the good side, he had some big defensive plays, including back-to-back stops in regulation. One was a steal he saved at midcourt, got it back and then setup a teammate for a score. The next trip down, he drew a moving screen call with 2:17 left and the Lakers had some momentum. On the good side, he also buried a couple of threes from the wing in the first half. But late in the game in this one, he put up an airball three that looked like it was shotput from the corner and just as about as accurate. Just after that he had a drive that they reviewed and erased a foul call. Then drive and miss immediately after that. So stacking up some bad plays. The killer, though, what getting caught up in the legs of the Hornets taking a deep running three with 4.3 seconds left to give up the foul and three freethrows. That cost the team the game. The coaches weren’t having his complaining about the whistle, either. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 3-6 shooting (2-3 from three) to go with 7 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover and 2 fouls in 20 minutes. He was a +7.

Brown -- -- Really quiet one. He sank a short jumper from the left side and missed a couple of threes. The Stats: He scored 3 points on 1-3 shooting (0-2 from three, 1-2 from the line) to go with 1 turnover and 3 fouls in 12 minutes. He was a +2.

O’Neal -- -- He took a ball coast to coast for a layup in this one that was probably his best play of the summer. He also had a hammer dunk in transition. Give him two more points because they took away a lob finish he had, saying it was offensive interference. It looked like a nice tip in at the front of the rim. He missed a three straight away, but the stroke looked smooth. Good job hitting the glass. That length comes to play there. Feels like he’s improving by the game. I’m sure he’ll be in South Bay this year, and hopefully, continue to show more and more in time. The Stats: He scored 4 points on 2-4 shooting (0-1 from three) to go with 7 boards, 1 steal, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls in 15 minutes. He was a +3.

Bass -- -- There were a couple of ATOs in this game where he took the shot. I’d be curious to see what they drew up and whether he was the first option. In his mind, he’s always the first option. I still wouldn’t have minded him out there on some late offensive possessions to space the floor a little more and be more of a threat. We could go 5-out better with him in those final 20 seconds of regulation than with Sacha. The Hornets big was just waiting in the paint for Jones and denied that drive. Best play of the game for Bass was a baseline attack with the clock low and he was able to windmill in a reverse layup. The Stats: He scored 5 points on 2-6 shooting (0-1 from three, 1-2 from the line) to go with 4 boards, 1 steal, 1 turnover and no fouls in 18 minutes. He was a -2.

Jones -- -- A lot of folks were wondering why we gave him the LeBron treatment late in the game to try to carry us home. He did have probably his best half in the first half where he hit a few stepback jumpers, including a couple from three. He also found teammates for some scores. In the second half, he didn’t show anything. They called his number, though, for the final shot in regulation. They got a switch and an iso drive, but the help D blocked him. In OT, he drilled a three in early offense, a one-dribble pull-up after getting the fly by. We could have ran clock down to the end, I believe, but he shot that with 15 seconds remaining. The Stats: He scored 13 points on 5-12 shooting (3-8 from three) to go with 2 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls in 24 minutes. He was a -15.

McCoy -- -- He had a couple moments against Manek, hunting him and hitting jumpers over him early. Also a drive and dish to his big for a score. But not a lot of action in this one. He’s got the kind of athleticism and ability to do things on the floor, though, that should have him in the mix in the G-League this next year. The Stats: He scored 4 points on 2-5 shooting (0-1 from three) to go with 2 boards, 2 assists and 1 foul in 14 minutes. He was a -3.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2022 10:25 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: LAKERS -vs- HORNETS - 7-10-22 - Thoughts and :-(( Ratings

DancingBarry wrote:
Summer League Game 5...

Swider -- -- Swider with some playmakers setting the table for him is going to feast. He dropped 21, hitting 5 threes in this one. He had back-to-back 4-point possessions in a key stretch of the game that helped the Lakers recover. The Lakers didn’t go back to him after that. Part of that is just not knowing how to play as a team. Part of that is summer league tunnel vision. He hasn’t been very effective on shooting on the move whether it’s coming off screens or coming off pull-ups. His success is largely catch and shoot. So it’s not easy putting up big numbers yourself when you are dependent on others. At the next level, you need guys who can space the floor and put the ball in the hoop around your playmakers and superstars. The problem for him, though, will be on D. That was the rub in college and he improved. But it’s really hard to see any of that in summer league. No one is going after him on D. And that last play where his man hit the game winner, you typically don't want to leave to help from that strong side corner. That’s not the concern, though. What I'm really curious to see is a team just trying to get him on switches or in pick and rolls more or just iso on him to see how he responds. Lakers have been giving him defensive assignments where there is no iso game to worry about. On the few screens he’s had to navigate, he tends to be pretty sticky and the D gets an advantage. He’s struggled a little bit getting outmuscled on the defensive glass in summer, but he pulled down a big on with 8.5 seconds left in this one. He was then fouled and made the two FTs. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Of all the skills all of our summer leaguers have shown, his shooting is the most NBA-ready skill. If it ever disappears, though, he hasn’t shown a whole lot more outside of those two trackdown blocks he had previously. But he has been consistent as hell at shooting the ball. The Stats: He scored 21 points on 6-10 shooting (5-8 from three, 4-4 from the line) to go with 4 boards, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers and 3 fouls in 31 minutes. He was a +1.
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Though 5 Summer League Games, Swider is shooting 17 for 30 from 3 point land which is 56.7%. I will take that all season long please!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 8:44 am    Post subject:

Swider can definitely shoot. Hope it translates against actual NBA competition
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