During the opening night of the NBA in October, the LA Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers took revenge by beating them in the NBA’s reopening night yesterday. In a closely contested game, the Lakers won by just two points and took advantage of an off-night from the Clippers.
But the Clippers were also without two of their main players. Lou Williams missed the game due to quarantine. On the other hand, Montrezl Harrell was absent as he has not returned to the bubble after leaving due to an emergency in the family.
Because of this, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal was not impressed with his former team’s performance.
During the NBA on the TNT show, he said “I want to see the Lakers exercise more dominance. Beating the Clippers with two without Montrez Harrell and Lou (Williams), I̵
What more should the Los Angeles Lakers do?
The Lakers were helped a lot by carelessness from their rivals. The Clippers gave away 20 turnovers and were penalized with the Lakers scoring 30 points from it. Aside from Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers had a terrible shooting night that went 34% off the field.
As for the Lakers, LeBron James won it in the clutch, but he had a bad game before. The Lakers expect him to do much better than just 6/19 off the field. Danny Green also had a bad night, shooting 2/6 and also giving away four turnovers.
As Shaq said, the Lakers should have done more against an impoverished team like the Clippers, given that they are the leading team in the West. And if they want to stay there, they have to be more dominant and show a murderous instinct. But after this win, the Lakers just need two more wins out of the next seven grafting games to remain as number seed. They face the Toronto Raptors next time tomorrow and hope to get a better game and be able to put the game to bed earlier.
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