We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from the Lakers’ preseason loss to the Clippers:
Points from the Clippers bench of the team’s 97 total points. Matt Barnes notched 18 points and six rebounds to lead their second unit while Ryan Hollins scored 11 points and grabbed five boards.
Minutes from Hill in his first game back since the beginning of the preseason. The big man scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, four of which came on offensive end.
“Jordan (Hill) gives us energy, athleticism and rebounding,” explained Steve Nash. “He’s in a tough position because he missed some time and he’s still trying to pick up the offense, but his energy off the bench is huge for us.”
Turnovers for the Lakers, making it the second straight preseason game with at least that number. Through seven preseason games, the Lakers are averaging 18 per contest.
“We’re making way too many mistakes and our opponents are capitalizing pretty well, so we just have to tighten up because it’s less than a week (until the regular season),” noted Pau Gasol.
More points the Lakers had in the third quarter than the Clippers. For the first time this preseason, the purple and gold won the opening frame coming out of halftime. In their previous six contests, the team had been outscored by an average of almost 13 points.
Steals from Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, who started in place of Chris Paul. The third-year guard also notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 assists, while constantly pressuring the Lakers guards into numerous mistakes.
“A guy with the athleticism and strength he has, he can do great things, and obviously we saw a lot of great stuff out of him tonight,” said Nash.