NBA Summer League 2012: Grading the L.A. Lakers on Their Play in Las Vegas

Lindsey YoungCorrespondent IIJuly 22, 2012

NBA Summer League 2012: Grading the L.A. Lakers on Their Play in Las Vegas

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    With Vegas week wrapping up for the 2012 NBA Summer League, it's time to examine teams' W vs. L column, scoring totals and top players. Although not always a tell-all, these offseason contests can grant a bit of insight into how teams are shaping up.

    Here is my report card breakdown of each Los Angeles Lakers Summer League game and overall evaluation following the series.

July 13: Warriors 91, Lakers 50

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    Los Angeles opened its Summer League series by falling hard to the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs outplayed L.A. throughout the entire contest, and the final 91-50 score illustrates that.

    Golden State was led by Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, who scored 23 and 24 points, respectively. Andrew Goudelock came off the Lakers bench to score 14 points and grab two steals.

    Despite the guard's efforts, however, L.A. delivered an abysmal performance at the Cox Pavilion. The Lakers shot only 27 percent from the floor to Golden State's 52, and the purple and gold also shot less than 20 percent from downtown.

    The Lakers did outscore the Dubs right before halftime, but they couldn't hold on throughout the game.

     

    Score: D

July 14: Kings 84, Lakers 72

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    The Lakers came a bit closer in Game 2, but still no cigar. L.A. fell 72-84 to the Sacramento Kings on July 14.

    Darius Morris led the Lakers with 17 points while Josh Akognon scored an impressive 25 points off the bench for Sacramento.

    Andrew Goudelock once again put up a solid performance for L.A., tallying 11 points, four rebounds and one steal. Although his totals were satisfactory, however, Goudelock continues to have a low shooting percentage; he landed only 3-of-14 from the field against Sacramento.

    The team as a whole struggled offensively once again, shooting only 31 percent overall and 16 percent from the three-point line. The Lakers battled throughout the evening, but Akognon and the Kings were unstoppable in the fourth quarter, and L.A. went 0-2 for the summer. 

     

    Grade: C-

July 16: Heat 106, Lakers 56

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    With Vegas week wrapping up for the 2012 NBA Summer League, it's time to examine teams' W vs. L column, scoring totals and top players. Although not always a tell-all, these offseason contests can grant a bit of insight into how teams are shaping up.

    Here is my report card breakdown of each Los Angeles Lakers Summer League game and overall evaluation following the series.

July 17: Spurs 92, Lakers 81

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    The Lakers played much better against San Antonio in Game 4, coming in on the short end of the 92-81 final score.

    Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with an impressive 27 points, while Morris once again led the Lakers with 24 points—this game being his highest-scoring thus far.

    Although Morris continues to be one of the highest-scoring members of L.A.'s roster, he'll need to lower his turnover totals to be a reliable asset to the team. As a whole, the team committed 14 turnovers, a significant improvement from the first three games.

    The Lakers increased their shooting percentage exponentially, shooting 51.7 percent from the field. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop the Spurs' scoring spurge (led by Luke Zeller) in the final quarter.

     

    Grade: B

July 19: Lakers 75, Clippers 69

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    Eyenga led the Lakers to their first "W" of the Summer League, as they topped the Clippers 75-69 in a low-scoring contest. Eyenga finished with 22 points, followed by Australian native Julian Khazzouh with 16.

    Both teams boasted equal shooting percentages at 43 percent, but the Lakers grabbed 38 rebounds and committed only 13 turnovers. L.A. held the advantage over the Clips from the tip, and four of its players tallied double-digit points.

    Fortunately for the Lakers, their opponents weren't shooting very well overall; the purple and gold still has a need for improved defensive play.

     

    Grade: B+

Final Grades

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    For a team accustomed to winning, the Lakers met a terrible start to their 2012 Summer League series.

    It took awhile, but L.A. seemed to gel more as a team by Game 4, and its shooting percentage significantly jumped in its final two contests.

    Eyenga, Morris and Goudelock proved to be the most consistently solid players throughout the week, and we can expect to see more of them come the regular season.

    Improvements needed on the squad include better ball control, shooting accuracy across the board and a stronger defense.

     

    Overall Grade: C-