Less than a week away from the season, and the Lakers have a list of injuries that have already grown depressingly.
This is tough news for Malik Monk (groin sprain) and Kendrick Nunn (ankle sprain), both of whom have minor ailments that will keep them from qualifying for Thursday’s preseason finals in Sacramento. Even harder to swallow is Wayne Ellington, whose hamstring sprain threatens his status at Tuesday’s regular season opening, and Talen Horton-Tucker and Trevor Aris, who are treating injuries that will keep them out of the game for even longer.
But this is an opportunity for Austin Reeves, a rookie aiming for success. From signing after the end of the NBA draft to getting the coaches’ attention during the Summer League to becoming the 14th player on the squad. Now that depth isn’t enough, Reeves was thrown into the fire from the bench – and his teammates loved what they saw.
“I watched a lot of films about him when we actually chose him: I knew right away that he could be an NBA player and play at that level,” LeBron James said. “Its size. His ability to shoot. His pick and roll game, his fold. A child with a high IQ. And there are many dogs in it too. … This applies to our game. ”
The Lakers kicked out the following second-quarter squad on Tuesday night against Golden State: James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Reeves (10 points, three assists), who played for Oklahoma in the last NCAA tournament. March.
“I mean, I grew up watching these guys play, and that they trust me enough to look for me and give me the opportunity to play is a very special event that further strengthens my confidence.”
The Staples Center quickly gained popularity too. Reeves got several fans out of their seats during that second quarter when he was out of touch with completing a reverse layup that left the crowd in trouble. The Arkansas native also drew attention to the moniker that followed from Sooners: Hillbilly Kobe.
Kobe Bryant was Reeves’ favorite player as a child. But in terms of comparisons, he tried to shape his game a little after Joe Ingles from Utah, who is half possession, half shooter, half solid perimeter defender.
“Someone who can do multiple things every night that helps his team succeed,” he said. “I play awkward basketball, so I’m really just trying to be myself and doing whatever it takes to help the team succeed.”
It’s hard to say if Reeves, the thin sniper, will be able to compete for any role as the Lakers get healthier. But coach Frank Vogel has confirmed that the Lakers are more likely to trust him for the minutes if they have more health ties.
“For a young player who tried his hand at the taste for the first time, he played exceptionally well,” Vogel said. “To the point where we trust his presence, the right positioning, the right basketball decision, the right shots, the right play, and he had a great preseason.”
BIG TROUEL PLAYS IN SACRAMENTO
In the preseason finals, the Lakers want at least one more good performance.
The Lakers plan to face off against James, Davis and Westbrook against the Kings in an effort to improve on the awkward start that left the team with a 0-5 preseason record. Vogel isn’t sure how long each of his three biggest stars will play, only that they’ll be spending a little more time together in their final gaming setting ahead of next week’s season opening.
It is unclear how the Lakers will start the game after Davis was in center on Tuesday and Anthony was at the strong forward. Veteran center DeAndre Jordan was hitting the Golden State. Anthony is somewhat of a dark horse starter candidate at this stage in his career, but he was glad the band got together on Tuesday.
“We had jerks, when we were very determined, we were blocked,” he said. “We don’t expect this to happen overnight. But I thought yesterday was one of those moments when I was like, “Okay, we see this, we see that.” Looks good, nice. I believe we will build on this. ”
LAKERS WAIVE McCLUNG
The Lakers began downsizing on Thursday when they announced that they had abandoned rookie Mac McClang attacks. McClung, who played in three preseason games, is expected to join the Lakers’ G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
McClang signed with the Lakers as an undrafted free agent and played for their Summer League team in Las Vegas. He fought his shot (1 of 7) in limited minutes in his three preseason games.