No Lonzo, No Problem!
Last night we saw the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Dallas Mavericks 108-98 in the semifinals. Lonzo Ball recorded another double-double scoring 16 points and dishing out ten assists but had to leave early due to a calf injury. The Lakers were able to finish the game and was led by another player by the name of Kyle Kuzma.
If you do not know much about Kyle Kuzma do not feel embarrassed, because I’m pretty sure a lot of people do not know much about the first team All-Pac 12, 6-foot-9, power forward/small forward, who played his college ball at the University of Utah. So far in this years, summer league Kyle Kuzma has been averaging 19.8 ppg shooting 46.9% from the field, 6 RPG, and 3.2 APG.
The Lakers selected Kyle Kuzma in the first round at No. 27, and so far he has been looking like a steal in the draft. When watching Kyle Kuzma play last night the first thing I noticed is that he has good size for a power forward/small-forward. Also, he’s very mobile for a big man, hustles, rebounds, and Kuzma can stretch the floor with his three point shooting. In today’s game having a big man who can stretch the floor with his three point shooting is very important.
Last night Kyle Kuzma shot 5-7 from three, and 8-14 from the field and finishing with a game high 24 points. Kyle Kuzma did a great job on the offensive end, but Kuzma also recorded one block, and that block came in the 4th quarter when the game was close at 96-92 against Dorian Finney-Smith, so this shows that Kuzma can also be a play maker on the defensive end.
Next game will be against the Portland Trailblazers in the Finals, and the Lakers may not play Lonzo next game so his calf can have time to heel. So I think we’ll get to see more of Kuzma next game and I’m excited to see what this kid will do on ESPN in the Finals coming off a 24 point game.
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