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Players Grades: Lakers vs. Thunder

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 133-110 loss to the Thunder

Film study: Max Christie’s defensive potential

Let’s take a closer look at Max Christie’s defensive strengths and where he can improve for the Lakers

Player Grades: Lakers vs. Pistons

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 133-107 win versus the Pistons.

Why the Lakers need to find the solution to their math problem

The team’s recent 44-point loss to the Sixers wasn’t just a beatdown, but rather the culmination of an ongoing numbers issue.

Player Grades: Lakers vs. Sixers

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 138-94 loss to the Sixers.

How Austin Reaves’ move to the bench has recalibrated his game

Although a polarizing move at the time, the decision to "realign" Austin Reaves has since benefitted him and the Lakers.

Which Bulls guard should the Lakers prioritize in potential trade talks between Alex Caruso and Zach LaVine?

The Lakers have been rumored to a couple of guards on the Bulls roster, but should they be prioritizing Alex Caruso or Zach LaVine in a trade?

Player Grades: Lakers vs. Jazz

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 131-99 win over the Jazz

Players Grades: Lakers vs. Rockets

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 105-104 win over the Rockets.

Why D’Angelo Russell is the point guard the Lakers need right now

D’Angelo Russell may not ever get the same credit as some of his more beloved teammates, but his passing and playmaking have been critical for the Lakers to start the season.

Players Grades: Lakers vs. Blazers

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 107-95 win over the Blazers.

Film study: Breaking down Cam Reddish’s defensive potential

Let's take a closer look at the defensive flashes Cam Reddish has shown thus far this season for the Lakers.

Lakers Notebook: The importance of finding, turning and utilizing corners

After a slow start to the season, the Lakers have won three games in a row. One reason behind their turnaround has been their continued success in leveraging the corners.

Players Grades: Lakers vs. Grizzlies

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 134-107 mauling of the Grizzlies.

Players Grades: Lakers vs. Blazers

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 1116-110 win over the Blazers.

How changes for Lakers in Suns win can be stepping stone toward lasting success

Injuries have impacted the Lakers season but not making adjustments could have been an even bigger problem. In their win in Phoenix, they began to rectify that.

Players Grades: Lakers vs. Suns

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 122-119 win over the Suns.

Why Austin Reaves’ on-ball growing pains are part of the process

After a breakout sophomore season and playoff run, Austin Reaves’ uneven start to the year for the Lakers is not only normal but should be expected.

How Christian Wood is finally finding the intersection of success and impact in Los Angeles

The early returns of the 28-year-old’s play for the Lakers have been encouraging. Not through his traditional means, but thanks to a newly embraced role and his coach’s trust.

5 observations from the Lakers first five games

From the strong play of the Anthony Davis and Christian Wood duo to the team’s growing pains in their new 5-out offense, let’s look at five observations from the Lakers first five games this season.

Anthony Davis ‘finding rhythm’ for Lakers in dominant start to season

After a poor second half against Denver, Anthony Davis has dominated for the Lakers through the opening week of the season.

Christian Wood is bringing two-big lineups back in style

After two seasons where the Lakers’ only reliable centers were LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they may have finally found a guy who could play with both of them in Christian Wood.

Why the Lakers limiting Lebron James’ minutes is the right move

Let's take a closer look at why the Lakers plan for LeBron James’ minutes makes sense on multiple levels

3 takeaways from the Lakers’ opening night loss to the Nuggets

From self-inflicted mistakes on the break, in the half court, and Anthony Davis’ quiet second half, the Lakers got a preview of the areas they still need to clean up in their loss to Denver.

5 things we learned about the Lakers this preseason

A new offense, starting five and a super sub are just some things that have developed during preseason for the Lakers.

New Season, New Austin Reaves

On the heels of success in increasingly prominent roles in the regular season, playoffs and with Team USA, Austin Reaves appears ready to lean into his inner-alpha dog.

Can LeBron James continue to defy odds in his unprecedented 21st season?

LeBron James’ ability to continue to defy odds while also evolving his game will be a key driver of the Lakers title chances.

D’Angelo Russell is evolving in front of our eyes

There are numerous clues from the off-season and pre-season that indicate D’Angelo Russell is taking a leap in his team impact with the Lakers.

Can Anthony Davis be the best player on a championship team?

This season, Anthony Davis is more than just "the key" to the Lakers’ success. He’s the lock, the door, the foundation and the framework the whole team is built on.

Can Darvin Ham press the right buttons in year two?

After his impressive first year as a head coach, the Lakers will need Darvin Ham to continue to grow just like his players.

Will D’Angelo Russell make it past the trade deadline?

D’Angelo Russell has to be a consistent two-way player this season to prevent the Lakers from looking to upgrade their point guard options at the trade deadline

Could this season’s Lakers be the franchise’s best 3-point shooting team ever?

As the Lakers continue red-hot 3-point shooting in the preseason, could that translate into a record-breaking regular season?


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