1) In the final game of his 10-day contract, point guard
Through six games with the Lakers, Buycks averaged 8.4 points and 2.4 assists a game, shooting 48.3% from the field and 77.8% from three-point range.
The Lakers also lost
If the Lakers look to replace Buycks, it may be difficult for the team to get someone to Sacramento, prepped and ready to help the team, by tipoff.
Buycks was understandably devastated after the game, declining to speak with the media.
2) Tarik Black had a big night on the glass, pulling down 19 rebounds. He's the first Lakers rookie since
Including Black, only four rookies have hit that mark since the 2009-10 season (
"I just saw the ball coming off the board and paid attention to all of them," said Black. "I saw that our game was slow rebounding, and I knew we had to step up the effort -- so that's what I did."
3) Johnson's sprained ankle probably means
Scott experimented with Kelly throughout much of the season at the three, but the concept was abandoned as the natural power forward struggled.
"Ryan will have to go back to the three spot," said Scott. "
Scott spoke before learning of Buycks' injury.
Through Kelly's last five games, he's averaged 5.2 assists a night at power forward. He may struggle to match that production once moved back to the three.
4) "What could happen next? But I don't want to dare ask that question," said Scott after the Johnson injury.
Too late. Answer -- the Buycks broken hand.
"It's one of those things where you just shake your head and say, 'Listen, hopefully we've got seven or eight guys healthy for the next two games and we can finish it out.'"
The team should have
That's six power forwards and/or centers and two guards.
5) The Lakers are locked in at fourth in May's NBA draft lottery, giving the team an 82.8% chance of keeping a top-five pick in June, otherwise it will go to the Philadelphia 76ers, via the
The team will also receive a 2015 first-rounder from the Houston Rockets (54-26), which would currently fall in the 25 to 27 range, depending on tiebreakers generated by the league after the season -- presuming the
The various in-season playoff tiebreakers, such as head-to-head matchups and division records, have no bearing on draft order.
The Lakers will also get the Clippers' second-rounder if it's in the 51-55 range, currently at 55, 56 or 57 -- depending on tiebreaker.