September 20, 2020

Morning Wrap: Lakers get it done against Rockets; Clippers hope to bounce back against Nuggets

Colorado Rockies’ Matt Kemp (25) congratulates Josh Fuentes (8) on his two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith looks on during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

FOUR: Dodgers reporter Bill Plunkett writes:

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ONE: Lakers reporter Kyle Goon writes: Full speed was Sunday night, after LeBron James’ clinching bucket with 32 seconds left, a fadeaway jumper, Anthony Davis met him on the other end of the court — the two Lakers stars beamed as they low-fived, confident in their eventual 117-109 triumph over the Houston Rockets to even up the series in Game 2.

The Rockets play small by necessity. The Lakers can play small if they feel like it. And they can win, too.

On a Game 2 win, when a small lineup got hot, and the Lakers “called an audible”:

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 7, 2020

LeBron on the versatility of the Lakers’ roster: “Be able time play vs big teams, be able to play small, be able to play in between — we built that from the beginning and we have that, always have that in our toolbox.”

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 7, 2020

Markieff Morris, whose 4-for-4 first quarter start from three convinced the Lakers to stay small: “Last game I didn’t feel like I affected the game at all. And it’s not even just making shots. I just felt like I didn’t do anything.”

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— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 7, 2020

“We were able to turn the ship and make the adjustments.” @KingJames with @LakersReporter on his aggressiveness to start the 4th after a big Rockets run in the 3rd. #LakeShow

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) September 7, 2020

Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap (4) reacts between Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Marcus Morris Sr., right, during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

TWO: The Cllippers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 tonight. Mirjam Swanson writes about Kawhi Leonard and the adjustments the Clippers have to make defensively with the series tied, 1-1.

“We were gonna make it look crowded for them,” Jokic said.

So they did.

“Now the question and the challenge,” Michael Malone said, “is can we do that again in Game 3?”

Offers PG: “We’re aware of how to attack it now … and we’ve got to be better.”

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) September 6, 2020

“I’m sure we have plenty of guys who would’ve loved to be Paul George or Kawhi Leonard.”

Alas, there’ve been no scouting teams employed by Denver in the bubble as of yet, Malone said.

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) September 6, 2020

Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. Zooming on a Sunday: “We saw what (the Clippers) were about (in Game 1), we saw how physical they were, so we knew we had to get our mind right. I was really …read more

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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