It’s a good thing that the Lakers summer league squad was more intent on integrating players into the triangle offense than winning … because they didn’t win in Las Vegas.
An 80-71 loss on Thursday afternoon to San Antonio in L.A.’s final contest dropped the team to 0-5, though second rounders Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter ultimately showed some positive signs heading into October’s training camp.
Caracter scored 10 points with six boards, and Ebanks 11 point with seven boards, the two also combining for three blocks.
Both players were more productive throughout the five games than in Game 5, with Ebanks totaling 45 points in his first two contests and Caracter amassing three straight double-doubles.
Former first round pick and Slam Dunk champ Gerald Green had his chance to shine in the loss to San Antonio, using 30 minutes of playing time to score 18 points while matching Ebanks with seven rebounds.
The Lakers took a 35-34 lead into halftime, but were outscored 23-12 in what proved to be the decisive third quarter.
When the team gets back from Vegas, we’ll sit down with assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard for a more detailed breakdown, focusing on Ebanks and Caracter.