Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson attempts a layup after driving down the lane against the Warriors during the first half.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Lakers guard Nick Young is defended by Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the first half.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Warriors forward Kevin Durant talks with Coach Steve Kerr during a break in the action in the first half.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Lakers coach Luke Walton gets a hug from Warriors center Anderson Varejao before the start of the second half.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Warriors guard Klay Thompson takes a three-point shot over Lakers guard Jose Calderon (5) during the second half.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Guard Klay Thompson passes the ball to teammate Zaza Pachulia for one of the Warriors’ franchise-record 47 assists in the game against the Lakers.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) chases Lakers point guard Jose Calderon around the screen of Timofey Mozgov during the second half.(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
The bizarreness of the situation wasn’t lost on the Lakers or the Warriors. These two teams have seen each other five times in the past two months, three times in the past three weeks and twice in the past two days.
Luke Walton was asked whether he’d miss the Warriors, and he quickly said no.
It will be more than four months until these teams meet again. Here’s what we learned from the Lakers’ 109-85 loss against the Warriors on Friday night.
1. Brandon Ingram played better than his stats suggested. In fact, Walton said after the game that until he looked at Ingram’s stats, he thought Ingram actually played very well. A player’s shot not falling isn’t always the best and is certainly not always the only indication of how he played. So while Ingram went three for 18 from the field, he did grab nine rebounds and two steals and tried to make an impact on defense.
2. Both Ingram and Jordan Clarkson played longer than the Lakers typically want. Each played more than 38 minutes. With their injury situation, though, that became necessary. With three starters out on Friday, those two players’ versatility became paramount.
3. This quote, from Larry Nance Jr., shows why the Lakers won’t miss seeing the Warriors: “First option is two-time MVP, second option is an MVP, third option might be the best shooter in the league and the fourth option is, you know … Draymond [Green], who’s an all-around threat. It kind of speaks for itself. Their firepower is unparalleled and it’s a monster to try and figure out, but it’s something that we have a long time to game plan for again, so hopefully the last leg of it will be better.”
4. Turnovers were a problem for the Lakers, but they weren’t a defining stat. While the Lakers committed 18 turnovers, the Warriors did too.
5. After 47 assists Wednesday, the Warriors notched 31 assists Friday. Not quite up to their record-setting pace before Thanksgiving, but again, the Warriors offered an example of how things work better when you’re able to pass the ball effectively.
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