1. There were more than enough accolades given to Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell because of his 22-point outburst in the first half against Golden State on Monday night.
Russell carried his team when no one else had it going, some said. Russell can score the basketball, others said. Russell has developed his game, even more others said.
But there were other truths about Russell that weren’t as flattering during the Lakers’ victory over the Warriors.
Russell was too loose with the basketball. His four turnovers were not a good sign for a point guard who wants to run the team.
Russell had just one assist against the Warriors. That meant he wasn’t getting his teammates involved enough during a night he scored 26 points.But those faults were something Russell was willing to admit he has to clean up going forward in the summer league in Las Vegas.
2. Power forward Larry Nance Jr. didn’t score against the Warriors, missing his only shot, a three-point attempt.
But Nance still had a mark on the game. He continued to rebound the basketball well, collecting four boards in 19 minutes, and played top-notch defense by staying active around the basket. He also had another steal.
Brown was known for his defense but has been told he needs to work on his offense.
Against the Warriors, Brown tried to be assertive. He went to work in the low post, even drawing double-teams at times.
Brown had eight points on three-for-eight shooting. He missed both of his three-point attempts.He had one rebounds and two assists.