3 takeaways from Lakers Vs. Clippers opening night

The NBA IS BACK! We kicked off the season last night with the New Orleans Pelicans against the defending Champion Toronto Raptors (Without Kawhi) & The battle of Los Angeles with the Lakers Vs. Clippers on TNT. Here are the 3 biggest takeaways from last nights game.

1. Anthony Davis is the Lakers #1 option.

Throughout the whole game last night Anthony Davis was being fed the ball with a variety of Clippers bigs guarding him. Davis was getting the ball in the low post and forcing his way to the free throw line where he struggled last night shooting 9/14. Davis was clearly the #1 option even with LeBron in the game. His final state line last night was 25 PTS, 10 REBS, 5 ASTS, 2 BLKS on 8/21 from the field.

2. The Clippers bench dominance.

The clippers might have one of the best second units in the league, led by three time 6th man of the year Lou Williams, the Clippers bench out scored the opposition 60-19 with Sweet Lou pouring in 21 PTS. Everyone who came in off the bench were in double digits. The clippers deep bench will give them an advantage against almost every team this season. Injury aside I honestly believe that their bench will put them over the top against teams like the Lakers in the playoffs.

3. The Lakers may not be the team we expected (for now at least)

The Lakers are most definitely a playoff team but I’m not to sure their ceiling is as high as we thought. The bench looked atrocious last night, Quinn Cook struggled as the primary ball handler, and the bench as a whole produced little offense on a night they so desperately needed it. Even LeBron didn’t look great last night. 18 Points just isn’t enough against one of the best defenses in the league. At this point in time the key to the Lakers success is non other than Kyle Kuzma. Right now Kuz is out indefinitely with injury but when he returns they need him to play improved defense and score about 16-20 points each game. Like it was said last night on TNT, teams with two superstars need that third supporting player to step up and produce. Kyle Kuzma is that guy for the Lakers and if he can’t produce a third rotating player will need to step up.

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