Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay returned to action Sunday for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, helping the team defeat Stephon Marbury and the Beijing Shougang Ducks, 110-99, in a semifinal playoff game.
In 34 1/2 minutes off the bench, behind former Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum, Mudiay scored 24 points on nine-for-16 shooting, while tallying eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Mudiay projects to be a top-five pick this June in the NBA draft.
Provided the Lakers keep their pick, anything below five will go to the Philadelphia 76ers (via the Phoenix Suns), Mudiay could be a serious consideration.
Just 18 years old, Mudiay chose to play overseas in China on a contract worth roughly $1.2 million, instead of playing at the collegiate level. Mudiay was originally born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but grew up in Texas.
The 6-foot-5 guard sprained an ankle 10 games into his career with the Southern Tigers, who in turn signed Bynum to a guaranteed contract. With a limit on...Read more
Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
1. Carlos Boozer struggled offensively against Oklahoma City. He had eight points on four-for-11 shooting. He even missed an easy layup after driving by Thunder shot-blocker Serge Ibaka late in the second quarter. Boozer played just 19 minutes, 22 seconds, with none of that time in the fourth quarter.
2. Ryan Kelly still appears to be trying to find his way at the small forward position. Kelly had 11 points but he missed five of his eight shots and had just three rebounds.
3. The Lakers shared the basketball against the Thunder. They finished the game with 25 assists as a team. Jeremy Lin led the Lakers with eight assists off the bench, and Wayne Ellington had six. All the starters had at least one assist.
“We moved the ball pretty well,” Coach Byron Scott said.
4. Ellington just keeps improving. His eight assists were a career high. He had a career-high 10 rebounds at Utah on Feb. 25 and a...Read more
The Lakers ended Week 16 with an overtime win over the Boston Celtics (23-34), building a three-game winning streak through Week 17 before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-27) on Sunday.Read more
The Lakers were hoping for a season-high four-game winning streak when they played Oklahoma City on Sunday at Staples Center.
But it did not happen as the Thunder held off a late Lakers rally to earn a 108-101 victory.
The Lakers had six players score in double figures, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the Thunder, which had five players score in double figures in the absence of injured All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Jeremy Lin led the Lakers with 20 points on seven-for-14 shooting off the bench and Jordan Hill had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Hill also made his first career three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
D.J. Augustin led the Thunder with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Serge Ibaka had a double-double for the Thunder with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lakers leave Monday for a three-game trip, starting in Charlotte on Tuesday and winding through Miami on Wednesday and finishing at Memphis on Friday.
Thunder 84, Lakers 72 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers (16-41) take a three-game winning streak into their Sunday afternoon battle against a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder (32-27) squad at Staples Center.
The Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook, who suffered a broken bone in his face on Friday night; Kevin Durant (foot); Steven Adams (hand) and Steve Novak (appendectomy).
Center Enes Kanter (thigh) is also questionable.
Oklahoma City sounds a lot like the Lakers, who will play without Nick Young (knee), Ronnie Price (elbow), Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Julius Randle (knee) and Steve Nash (back),
Given the sparse roster, the Thunder will presumably rely heavily on guards D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters.
Augustin, who was recently acquired from the Detroit Pistons for Reggie Jackson, can both score and create shots for his teammates.
Through 59 games this season, he's averaging 10.4 points and 4.8 assists, while shooting 40.6% from the field and 32.9% from three-point range.
Waiters was picked up earlier in the...Read more