Saturday, August 8, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to recover from a 113-97 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Thursday. They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they battle the Indiana Pacers tonight. As for the Pacers, they will try to avoid a second consecutive loss, coming off of a 114-99 loss handed to them by the Phoenix Suns.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Pacers crept away with a 105-102 win. During that game, Domantas Sabonis scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists while LeBron James had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers have played each other a grand total of 97 times as the Lakers won 64 games while the Pacers were limited to 33 victories.
Los Angeles Lakers:
-Markieff Morris (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.9 FG%, 37.4 3P%)
-Rajon Rondo (thumb; 7.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 41.8 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision; 10.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.8 FG%, 28.2 3P%)
-Danny Green (hip; 8.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.7 3P%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Jeremy Lamb (knee; 12.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
-Domantas Sabonis (foot; 18.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 54.0 FG%, 25.4 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 46.7 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (3.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 35.3 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
The contest would be held close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 47% from the field while the Indiana Pacers shot 51%. Three-time NBA champion LeBron James got hot for 17 points while shooting 80%. He was also able to knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists. Anthony Davis chalked up six points while shooting just 29%. He did have six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks while both Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a three-pointer each. Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench but only had three points.
On the other end of the floor, T.J. Warren recorded 18 points which included two three-pointers in the first period. Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo combined for 21 points while Aaron Holiday helped out with four points. Texas-native Myler Turner would be held to just a free-throw. Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer while the Lakers went into halftime with a 59-54 advantage.
The Indiana Pacers would come back to close things out in the second half as they went on a 62 to 52 run, shooting 54% from the field. During that run, Warren stayed hot as he dropped 21 more points on 73% shooting. He was able to knock down 3 three-pointers in the process while Brogdon had 13 points. Victor Oladipo chalked up 12 points which included two three-pointers. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.
As for the California ball club, James added 14 more points to his scoring total while Anthony Davis was held to two points. Quinn Cook played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Pacers who escaped with a 116-111 win, thanks to two clutch shots by T.J. Warren. Warren finished the game with 39 points, along with 5 rebounds, and one assist while LeBron James had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block.
The Los Angeles Lakers will battle Nikola Jokic (20.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 30.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (45-24) on Monday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on February 12 when the Nuggets fell to the Lakers, 120-116. Anthony Davis finished that game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Jamal Murray had 32 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The Indiana Pacers will meet up with Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.6 FG%, 24.8 3P%) and the Miami Heat (43-26) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. It will be the third of four times that these teams will fight each other this season. January 8 was the last time they played each other as the Heat ran away with a 122-108 victory. During that game, Tyler Herro scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Domantas Sabonis had 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists.