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It has been a terrific start to the Lakers season so far going 14-2! Since that first loss to the Clippers on opening night the Lakers have gone 14-1 with their only loss coming to the hands of the Raptors. This terrific start isn’t out of nowhere, there are many reasons that his has happened.
The LeBron and AD Duo
With LeBron and Anthony Davis trying to lead the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time in 6 years they’ve done a good job so far. LeBron is averaging 25.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 10.8 APG along with AD averaging 25.5 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.0 BPG they’ve handled themselves pretty well and have found the chemistry to work together.
MVP Award Tracker according tohttps://t.co/3KqgEn1Rcy
1) Giannis Antetokounmpo
2) LeBron James
3) James Harden
4) Luka Doncic
5) Anthony Davis
6) Jimmy Butler
7) Bam Adebayo
8) Karl-Anthony Towns
9) Kemba Walker
10) Pascal Siakam
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 21, 2019
Defense, Defense, and more Defense
The Lakers are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They are ranked 2nd in defensive rating and 1st in the league in blocks per game. Leading the way for us is AD with 3.0 BPG. Then Dwight Howard with 1.6 and Javale McGee with 1.3. Out of all their games the Lakers have held their opponents to under 100 points total in the game. Lastly the Lakers allow the 4th least OPPG with it being 103.1.
Last week, Frank Vogel called @ACFresh21 a “special” defensive player. Caruso is currently posting a riduclous 94.7 defensive rating, which tops LAL and is 2nd in the NBA for players averaging at least 20 mpg in 7 games or more (to Daniel Theis).
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 22, 2019
Don’t say Frank Vogel hasn’t had anything to do with this run. The rotations he’s put in to give us momentum, keeping guys in when they’re hot (unlike Luke Walton), and the plays he runs. For example if we are trying to go fast or we need three pointers he will put in the small line up with AD at the 5. Or if we need help rebounding put Dwight or Javale at the 5, AD at the 4, Kuz at the 3, and LeBron at the 1.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 30, 2019