The Los Angeles Lakers are confident going into the stretch run. Despite a slow start, they plan to make a strong run at a playoff spot this year. They have a legitimate shot at making some noise, especially after the influx of talent they acquired at the trade deadline.
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After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to bounce back with a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. A big performance from Malik Beasley was a key factor in LA’s victory. Anthony Davis made romantic overtures to Beasley after the game.
“After shootaround today, he got a lot of threes up, and it showed,” Davis said via the NBA Interviews YouTube channel. “He’s very hard on himself, and as far as shooting the basketball, he never wants to miss two in a row. And he came out on fire. Anytime he’s making shots, it just opens the floor up more for all our guys to get to the basket. Even when he’s missing, I mean, you still got to respect him as a shooter. But when he’s making, he gets very hot, and the rim gets very big for him.”
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The Lakers could not have won Tuesday night without Beasley’s huge performance. The wing shot an impressive 7-for-12 from deep and finished the game with 24 points, 2 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals on his way to a perfect game.
AD was just as dominant. The big man finished with 35 points, 17 rebounds, and 1 assist on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. Even from the charity stripe, he shot a perfect 12 for 13.
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The return of LeBron James to the Lakers before the end of the season is a potential upside for the team. James is making significant progress toward a return, as reported by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
“Despite seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end, there was one positive development for the Lakers on Sunday,” McMenamin wrote on March 12.
“LeBron James rejoined the team after being on a medically excused absence in the past week. The 20-year veteran is no longer wearing a walking boot. The tendon injury in his right foot will be reevaluated in approximately a week and a half, according to the team.”