September 21, 2020

Morning Wrap: What to watch for in tonight’s Lakers-Rockets game; Clippers dominate late to beat Rockets

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ONE: What are the three trends that will define the Lakers, Rockets series as they prepare for Game 3 tonight after the Lakers won Sunday to tie the series, 1-1. Helping the Lakers cause on Sunday was a big game from reserve forward Markieff Morris, who admitted he needed to be better.

The Lakers and Rockets are even. Each team has seen its path to winning the series realized. Three trends that will define the rest of the games, starting with Game 3 tomorrow night: https://t.co/geqqNUv285

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 8, 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.” pic.twitter.com/1QuO0geEDB

— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 7, 2020

TWO: Paul George had a big game and Kawhi Leonard’s (middle finger) block late in the game helped the Clippers hold off the Nuggets to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven second round playoff series. The Clippers weren’t the best defensively, but they were when it mattered, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Nikola Jokic is great, Paul George says, so what the the Clippers need for Ivica Zubac to do is “make it tough for him.” (: @kylegoon) pic.twitter.com/e7Z4zjKgd6

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— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) September 8, 2020

Kawhi Leonard tells @Farbod_E that Paul George has been consistent with his rebounding, playmaking, defense. “Now he’s making shots, I’m happy for him.” (: @kylegoon) pic.twitter.com/U8US85awcZ

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) September 8, 2020

Game 3 was a bit up and down — until the Clippers put their foot down: “We just decided we didn’t want to lose this game.”

So they didn’t: Clippers 113, Nuggets 107.

L.A. leads the series, 2-1.https://t.co/JNpouGVPdm

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) September 8, 2020

Pat Riley used to say that an NBA playoff series does not begin until the home team loses — but what does that mean in this “Bubble-wrapped postseason?” @MWhicker03LANG explores the notion:https://t.co/7Nz9ZGoDnc

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) September 8, 2020

 

THREE: With the NFL’s season opener on Thursday and its first full schedule on Sunday, reporter Kevin Modesti writes the league expects the unexpected when it comes to COVID-19 and how it will impact the season. Also, when the Rams open the season with the Cowboys on Sunday, they may try a three running back roation.

Expect the unexpected early in NFL season amid COVID-19

Rams plan three-running-backs ‘rotation’ vs. Cowboys, Sean McVay says

FOUR: Chargers reporter Gilbert Manzano notes that Sam Tevi has been named the starting left tackle for Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. And …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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