When the Los Angeles Lakers take the floor for their game against the LA Clippers in Orlando on July 30, they won’t have one of the key players from their win against their intercity rivals on March 8, Avery Bradley.
In the Lakers’ last matchup with the Clippers, Bradley scored 24 points on 9-17 shooting from the field, including 6-12 shooting from behind the arc. He finished the game a team-high +13 in the box score.
While Bradley didn’t offer that type of production every game, he was trending upwards before the season was indefinitely suspended, averaging 10.5 points on 43% shooting from 3-point range in the Lakers’ last 15 games. Now, in light of Bradley’s decision to sit for the remainder of the season, Frank Vogel will have to experiment with different lineups to make up for the loss of Bradley, his starting point guard for all but 14 games this season.
On this week’s episode of “Can U Dig It?”, Christian and Jacob talk about which lineups they’d like to see the Lakers experiment with in Orlando. Of course Bradley’s absence will affect the starting lineup, but it will have arguably a bigger affect on the bench unit since, presumably, Alex Caruso or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will replace Bradley in the starting lineup.
Bradley’s absence also opens up a spot in the closing lineup. Should Vogel try and maximize’s the team’s defense or their shooting? Tune in to find out what the guys think.
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