Kyle Kuzma was preparing for Thursday night's fight against Oklahoma Thunder in a way that would make Kobe Bryant proud: Seeing highlights from himself from his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
After the Lakers big victory over Thunder, where Kuzma dropped a season-high seven-pointers on his way to a high-32 point, Kuzma said he saw highlights from his rookie season to see how he could break out his sliding door.
It's safe to say it worked (via Spectrum SportsNet):
"The last few days I've been trying to look at my rookie highlights to see how I shot the ball and just tried to make adjustments. I tried this year to shoot it and target it and really worried about it, but for me it's just to stay with my work ethic and watch movies of the shots I made this year and last year. "
In the five games that led For his scoring breakout on Thursday, Kuzma shot 41
Through 77 games in his rookie season, Kuzma converted 36.6 percent of his 159 3-point trials tied to a team-high with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This season, he makes only 30.9 percent of his three.
Although some of it has to do with the fact that he is trying a few pieces per. Play this year, it sounds as if Kuzma has just thought about when he's shot this season. If he can figure out what has been behind his shooting matches, he can easily become a 20-plus point per game. Scorer for Lakers.
Would it make him get a seat in the All Star game? Probably not, but it would undoubtedly make him the second largest player on the team outside LeBron James. It counts for something.
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