The Los Angeles Lakers have just two games left to sharpen up before the regular season opener, back in Southern California to host the Utah Jazz Tuesday night. Lonzo Ball and Andrew Bogut have both been ruled out of the contest, and it seems more and more likely that Ball’s preseason is over.
Brook Lopez will get another chance to feel out his new surroundings, already looking comfortable as the go-to post operator in his Lakers debut. Watching the Lakers’ offense flounder through the first half of preseason, then watching Lopez take commanding control of their half-court offense, painted a very clear picture of how big an impact he’ll make while the rest of the team finds its way.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton tinkered with the starting lineup, giving Larry Nance Jr. the nod over Julius Randle with Brook back on board. Whether that continues going forward is one of the smaller things to keep an eye on.
A not-so-small thing to keep an eye on is Kyle Kuzma, who’s emerged as a preseason darling gathering national attention. He has two games left to continue his march toward the regular season, and watching him continue to flourish has been the high-point for this team.
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