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A few observations from Lakers 68-61 win over 76ers

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Saturday’s Summer League match-up between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers pinned the number 2 pick, Lakers guard D’Angeleo Russell, and the 76ers’ center Jahlil Okafor, the 3rd pick who many had expected the Lakers to take. Both players but on a good show for the summer league audience who packed the Thomas and Mack center in Vegas to watch the match-up.

The Lakers used a 41 to 28 2nd half to pull away from the 76ers and take the game 68-61 to even up their summer league record to 1-1.

A few observations from the game: 

  • The Lakers were led again by Jordan Clarkson who scored 19 points on 8 for 16 shooting while adding 3 steals and 4 rebounds. Clarkson is averaging a team leading 21 points per game while shooting an efficient 48.5 percent from the field in the first 2 summer league games.
  • D’Angelo Russell still hasn’t found his rhythm offensively but is improving. Russell scored 14 points on the night but on 4 for 15 from the field. A great rebounding guard in college, Russell showed he can do he same at the next level, registering 8 rebounds on the night and is averaging 6.5 rebounds in 2 games so far in this summer league.
  • Russell was very ambitious with his passing on the night, looking to thread the needle on occasion and went for the home run play with a few full court passes, but were off target. Russell committed 7 turnovers to go with only 3 assists on the night. Results aside, you can see the rarity in Russell’s court vision in even identifying the type plays he was trying to make and the speed in which he identifies them. Russell’s reading and recognition of plays on the floor is incredibly quick and needs running mates to keep up and be ready for the pass which should develop as summer league play continues.
  • Jahlil Okafor has been everything that had been advertised going into the draft in terms of his low post offensive game. Okafor scored in a variety of ways, using both power and finesse in the post, giving both Lakers’ centers Tarik Black and Robert Upshaw fits. Okafor finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Okafor is averaging 15.3 points per and 9 rebounds in 4 summer league games including 3 in the Utah Summer League.
  • The Lakers fan favorite for the 2015-16 season might have been found on Saturday with Larry Nance Jr. earning “Larry” chants from the predominantly Lakers crowd. The praise was well earned by Nance who was all over the court, getting put back dunks off misses and swatting shots coming from the weak side, the most notable one against coming against Jahlil Okafor.

  • Tony Mitchell is a 6’6 guard out of Alabama who went undrafted in 2012 and is currently on the Lakers summer league roster. Mitchell had a solid game in limited minutes, scoring 6 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Mitchell is a long shot to make the Lakers roster this season which is a shame because he puts on a great show in warm-ups. Take a look at one of his many spectacular dunks he displayed in pre-game.

  • The Lakers have Sunday off and will see action again on Monday when they face Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks.
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