EL SEGUNDO – The common thread between the last two games between the Lakers and Sacramento Kings is De’Aaron Fox – and what’s wrong or not.
Earlier this month, the Kings felt the sting of a tight whistle when, 25-year-old franchise star Dennis Schroeder who checked his hip and sent him to the line for the game-winning free throws. However, on Wednesday night, Kendrick Noone was positive that Fox had taken advantage of the star treatment when he was Fox It bumped against him when he nailed a three-pointer with seven seconds left.
“It was pretty much under me shooting. Under me. And it’s wrong,” Nunn told the Southern California Newsgroup after the game. “Everybody else does it, they say it’s a foul. If the turn is reversed and you do it for Fox, they’ll call it a foul. So they missed that call, and it cost us the game.”
Nunn’s words Thursday afternoon were validated by the NBA’s latest Two-Minute Report, which determined that the responsible crew left a foul by Fox, denying Nunn the opportunity to go to the line and potentially tie the score: “Fox (SAC) steps forward and initiates body contact.” Nunn (LAL), affecting his jump shot attempt.”
The missed call hurt the Lakers doubly: Max Christie was caught seconds later with an apparent on-track error that eventually led to the Lakers’ defeat, their third in four games. The reports of the last two minutes have been a sense of growing frustration for the Lakers lately: In their loss to the Dallas Officials He missed a key call that could have sent LeBron James to win the game at the free throw line in the first overtime, and The team cried out for injustice when a late wrist clamp was defended by Joel Embiid on a report about the Lakers’ loss to Philadelphia.
Even before the report was released, coach Darvin Hamm hinted that the lack of contact with Noon’s bullet seemed like it could have gone either way: “I mean, you could go back and look at it and there was a little bump.”
All that said, the Lakers are very aware after their last three losses have come by a combined 10 points That there are aspects of the game they could do better too.
They squandered a number of possessions in the last 6 1/2 minutes of Wednesday’s 101-game game. They did not score seven of the last 11 possessions. With five minutes left to two minutes remaining, the Lakers had a shot clock violation and then had to force two 3-point attempts to avoid shot clock violations.
Juan Toscano Anderson pointed out some of his mistakes late on: He fouled Fox with 12 seconds left, putting the Lakers in a four-point hole. As for clock violations, Toscano-Anderson said being aware of the clock is one of the basic tenets of basketball, and a team needs to get a better sense of it.
“I think sometimes we get caught up in watching,” he said. “And I’ll speak from my own experience. I can’t vouch for anyone else’s. Sometimes I watch and I don’t watch the watch anymore. This, I don’t want to say unprofessional on my part, but that’s what comes with being a professional, knowing the watch, knowing what’s going on.” within the game.”
The only point the Lakers have is that the Western Conference isn’t really getting away from them. As of Thursday morning, they were two-and-a-half games behind the No. 6 seed and 1½ games behind the No. 10 seed. The playoff spot (seed 7-10) is still a reasonable goal. It’s not crazy to hope for the top six, especially if Anthony Davis, Austin Reeves and Lonnie Walker come back on short notice. Davis took part in parts of training on Thursday, while official updates on Reaves and Walker, who both missed a slew of games, are expected on Friday.
“An added source of motivation is knowing we have Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook,” Hamm said. “We got Lonnie and Austin on the brink of recovery. So that’s even more motivation. You can never have enough lead. I’m excited to see us once we check out.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers lead with the rough-and-tumble Memphis Grizzlies (31-13) in a nationally televised game. Ranked No. 2 last season, the Grizzlies battle it out at the top of the West behind their star athlete and beloved Ja Morant who never misses a moment to enjoy the Los Angeles lights. One of the last times he visited the Lakers, he flew over Avery Bradley for a block chase that is considered one of the most impressive.
The Grizzlies also don’t hesitate to talk about how good they are: Morant said in an interview with ESPN that his team is “fine in the West,” and they fear no opponent in their respective conference. Toscano Anderson’s Golden State Warriors edged out Memphis in the playoffs last year (the Grizzlies had to finish the series without Morant), and they came away with a stellar impression of the group.
“They have a lead there to follow at Ja Morant,” he said. “Everybody seems to be buying there. They all have each other’s back. I know that from playing with them a lot. And they’re really good so, it’s going to be a challenge. They’re one of the best teams in this league. I think it’s going to be a really good test for us. And we’ll see what happens. I think We can compete.”
James still leads West in All-Star voting
With All-Star voting ending Saturday night, it looks like a clear bet that James will be captain of the team for the sixth year in a row.
The final fan voting update released Thursday shows James ahead of all candidates with 6.5 million votes, besting Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetekounmpo, who has just under 6 million to lead the Eastern Conference. James is so far ahead of his closest Western rival, Golden State’s Steve Curry, with 5.1 million votes. The 38-year-old James is the sixth leading scorer in the NBA (29.8 ppg) and has been a team leader for every season of the most recent All-Star format — his picks have also won five straight times.
Davis could also be an All-Star starter, despite missing nearly half of the season so far due to injuries. With 3.8 million votes, Davis ranks third among frontcourt linebackers and fifth in the West, behind James, Curry, Dallas guard Luka Doncic (4.9 million) and Denver center Nikola Jokic (4.7 million). Russell Westbrook landed sixth among Western guards with just under 1 million votes, while Austin Reeves landed eighth (showing more strength of the Lakers voting block than actual All-Star credentials) with just under 400,000 votes.