Their play in the first quarter Friday night against the
Here are five takeaways from Friday's 122-114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
1. Let’s start with the good, of which there was a lot.
2. Noteworthy, too, were
4. One game after he attempted only two shots, D'Angelo Russell took nine, and eight of them were three-pointers. All four of Russell's made field goals came in the first half, where he made four of six shots, entirely from three-point range. "Solid," he said about his performance. "Got the job done." But when Russell is at his best and doing what this staff wants from him, he's attacking the basket more than that.
5. Walton let the second unit go for some time, even when it struggled, during the fourth quarter. He explained his reasoning after the game. "It's tricky because … our starting group and our second group are pretty equal in my eyes," Walton said. "A lot of times, our second group bails us out, so when they were going on that run, I obviously have a lot of trust in our second unit because they've been good all year. But the ball stopped moving; it completely stopped moving. I gave them as long of a leash as I thought I could, and then we went back to the starters."