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Players Grades: Lakers vs. Spurs

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 129-115 loss to the Spurs

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All streaks, good and bad, must come to an end, but it sure isn’t all that enjoyable to see your team on the wrong end of that. The Spurs weren’t going to lose every game the remainder of the season, no matter how nice that would have been, but the Lakers sure didn’t make it hard for them to snap their losing streak.

Beating a team in back-to-back games may be a tough proposition and it was made a tougher one for the Lakers considering the roster turnover between the two games due to injury. But it doesn’t excuse much of what went wrong and this felt like the type of loss that really revealed some things.

So, let’s grade the loss. As always, grades are based on expectations for each player. A “B” grade represents the average performance for that player.

Taurean Prince

36 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 5-10 FG, 2-6 3PT, -19

To be honest, I didn’t really love the performance of many of the role players, the second time this road trip it didn’t really feel like the non-stars brought the proper amount of effort. On paper, Prince had a decent game and perhaps he isn’t the best example of the issues as his shooting has drastically improved.

But when you give up 129 points to the Spurs, it doesn’t feel like anyone deserves a good grade.

Grade: C+

LeBron James

36 minutes, 23 points, 14 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 7-17 FG, 2-6 3PT, 7-10 FT, -28

This had the feeling of a LeBron mailing-it-in type of performance until he flipped the switch in the second quarter. Then, it felt like a vintage LeBron performance as he did everything, manipulated the defense how he wanted and pulled the Lakers all the way back into this game.

But he’s 38 and there’s only so much he can do — or is willing to do at this point in the season — to keep the Lakers alive sans Anthony Davis.

Grade: B+

Jaxson Hayes

20 minutes, 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 3-4 FG, 2-3 FT, -13

When saying some things were revealed, one of the big things is that the Lakers have a big backup center problem, that being that they don’t have one. The more Hayes plays this season, the more apparent it is that he’s not that guy.

He had five fouls moments into the third quarter and it was a miracle he didn’t foul out. He still continues to struggle to rebound, an issue I’ve brought up repeatedly. He’s just not good enough for a team with title aspirations.

Grade: D-

Austin Reaves

34 minutes, 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 8-18 FG 4-10 3PT, 2-2 FT, -8

One of the only other guys who I thought showed up for the Lakers, though he wasn’t even really efficient. He had a good game through sheer force of effort. At this point, this feels like the baseline in terms of production for Reaves, which is a great place for the Lakers to be when fully healthy.

Grade: B

Max Christie

23 minutes, 2 points, 1-6 FG, 0-1 3PT, -25

There’s probably a conversation that needs to be had about Max Christie. More often than not this season, he’s struggled. It’s not necessarily unexpected in a sophomore campaign, but it’s been more bad than good of late.

Does it mean to give up on him? Probably not. But he’s not making a particularly strong case that he shouldn’t be dealt at the deadline in the coming months.

Grade: F

Jarred Vanderbilt

13 minutes, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3PT, -2

Whether the back spasms or the heel or whatever it may be, Vando did not look right on Friday. He’s still not playing more than 20 minutes a night. Hopefully, this extended break can let him get right. Otherwise, it might be worth evaluating if he still needs more time off.

Grade: C

Rui Hachimura

34 minutes, 20 points, 5 rebounds 4 assists, 8-15 FG, 0-5 3PT, 4-5 FT, +1

One of the positives is that this felt like a get-right game for Rui. He continues to be a positive alongside LeBron this season, and that pair connected a couple of times on the night.

I’m still not sure Rui or the Lakers exactly know his role with the bench yet, but if they can figure it out and fully unlock Rui, it would be huge for this team.

Christian Wood

30 minutes, 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 6-10 FG, 2-5 3PT, 3-8 FT, +13

There’s a pro and a con to this game from Wood. On one hand, it’s the best game he’s played in weeks, maybe months, for the Lakers. But it’s also very clear he can’t play center but for very specific match-ups.

And when the Lakers don’t have Anthony Davis healthy and Hayes is the other center, it means they don’t have a center. That’s not Wood’s fault, but it is the Lakers’ problem.

Wood and LeBron have some great chemistry and that showed against tonight. Finding the right pieces around them for second units is probably the key now.

Grade: A-

Darvin Ham

I wouldn’t say it was a great game for Ham. But there’s also not a lot you can do when your hands are tied and half the roster is out injured. Effort also isn’t something that you can particularly control as a coach.

I didn’t walk away from this game thinking it was the coaching staff’s fault they lost. But I also don’t think they helped things. What grade does that amount to? Ehhh.

Grade: C+

Friday inactives: Jalen Hood-Schifino, Maxwell Lewis, Alex Fudge, Gabe Vincent, Anthony Davis, Cam Reddish, D’Angelo Russell

You can follow Jacob on Twitter at @JacobRude.

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