Below is a running diary of L.A.’s Friday evening summer league debut in Las Vegas, with some comments drawn from our @LakersReporter Twitter account, and a few more details in case you missed any of the action:
Lakers: Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Chinemulu Elonu, Robert Sacre
Warriors: C. Jenkins, K. Thompson, H. Barnes, F. Ezeli, J. Tyler
5:00 Calling the first five minutes a “slow start” would be an understatement … a series of clanked LAL jumpers resulted in Warriors run outs, and along with two Klay Thompson triples produced a 15-2 deficit. In fairness, Thompson, Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins all started for an injury-depleted Warriors squad for the final few NBA weeks, and their experience/confidence showed early.
2:57 Then we got our first look at Darius Johnson-Odom, the team’s draft day acquisition from Dallas (No. 55 pick) out of Marquette. He immediately offered two solid possessions of perimeter D, reminding us that GM Mitch Kupchak said we’d like his energy and attitude on the floor. An ability to inject a shot of energy plus some perimeter D from the guard spot (he’s a classic combo guy) is perhaps DJO’s best chance at earning some minutes off the bench should he make the roster. Alas, after one, L.A. trailed 24-12.
6:47 Showing that he didn’t forget how to score, Goudelock converted another J, and Johnson-Odom added free throws to get L.A. within 13. DJO’s D continued to be a boost.
2:50 Nobody spent more time at L.A.’s practice facility since season’s end than Christian Eyenga, who routinely worked with player development coach Phil Handy and other coaches on his handle and shot in particular. He had a slow start from the field, missing his first four, but announced his presence with an emphatic put-back slam off a miss in the lane. Eyenga’s athleticism has never been questioned, but he’s still working towards learning the game to the point of being a consistent contributor. The half closed at 40-26 GSW after four straight Darius Morris points, L.A. being outscored only by a point (25-24) after the 15-2 Warriors start.
3:43 With Thompson and Barnes again leading the way, Golden State pushed its lead back up to 19 at 52-33. Morris had a few nice slashes to produce buckets for teammates (three assists with four boards), and Goudelock added a triple (12 points), but L.A. was shooting only 26.1 percent. In other news, the media room had chicken fingers with buffalo sauce, which was nice.
0:00 With his father and Lakers broadcaster Mychal Thompson watching in the stands, Klay buried four triples in the quarter alone, six in the game, to blow the game open at 68-36. Barnes added three more triples himself, reaching 23 points to Thompson’s 24, the two a combined 17 of 26 from the field. #lotterypicks
5:00 With the deficit growing to 77-38, L.A. coach Chuck Person continued to give burn to Goudelock, Morris, Johnson-Odom, Eyenga, Ater Majok and Sacre, the six guys selected in the second round of the past two drafts. Goudelock led the way with 14 points, Morris 11 and Eyenga eight, but being doubled on the scoreboard preempted any individual stats.
0:00 The bright spots were few and far between in a tough opener for the Lakers, simply outclassed by Barnes and Thompson, though Johnson-Odom’s D, Goudelock’s scoring and some driving and dishing from Morris showed something. We’ll see if L.A. can get better tomorrow against Sacramento, but your final in this one: GSW 91, LAL 50.