In a game where Coach
Henry scored 29 points -- seemingly out of nowhere. The buzz around camp thus far has been of
In a little over 26 minutes, the Lakers outscored the Warriors by 21 points with Henry on the floor. Conversely, Golden State had a 12-point advantage over the Lakers when Henry was sitting on the bench.
The Lakers invited 19 players to camp, 11 with fully guaranteed contracts. Both
It's unclear how many players the team will carry to opening night, but the maximum is 15. Players such as Eric Boateng,
Recovering from foot surgery, Kelly is about a week away from being cleared to play. Landry put in a solid nine minutes with three points, two assists and a blocked shot.
Henry very quickly made his case. He comes in with a reputation as a solid defender but if he can also provide some level of an offense threat, he could very well be a keeper.
Obviously the Lakers won't expect 29 points a night from Henry, but for a player who needed to make an impression, he certainly achieved that in his first true opportunity.
- Jordan Farmar aggressively looked to play-make. Not every pass was crisp and clean but he played unselfishly with a game-high seven assists.
Chris Kaman's shooting range can be a valuable weapon though he was less effective when he put the ball on the floor. Kamanhad a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Robert Sacredidn't rebound well (just two) but his offensive game has improved -- specifically his jump shot.
Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hilldidn't particularly stand out.
Nick Youngcan score (17 points in under 20 minutes), but he's got to watch the fouls (five).
- It was not
Steve Blake's best game as a Laker.
Kobe Bryant(Achilles') didn't play. Meeks started at shooting guard while Young got the nod at small forward. Boateng, Johnson-Odom and Kelly also sat out -- along with the aforementioned Nash and Gasol.
- The Warriors did not use their primary players long with
Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogutand Andre Iguodalaall playing under 21 minutes. Curry logged just over 14 minutes.