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"You are a really big idiot if you manage to f--- this up." Words to live by. For Julius Randle and everyone else.
One thing I've been struck by in last few days... Jazz personnel LOVE Carlos Boozer. Clashes with perception among fans, who soured on him.
Tell us how you really feel, Kobe.
Kobe: "We're going to be smashmouth basketball. That's just how we're going to play. It's going to be nasty, it's going to be physical."
Kobe: "Who do we have out there that's going to handle the ball? Ronnie Price, God bless his heart, was like the Energizer Bunny out there."
Kobe: "We're a grind it out team. Our personalities are just that way. We all put our hard hats on."
Kobe: "ESPN are idiots but you're a really big idiot if you manage to f--- this up."
Kobe on Julius Randle having him and Byron Scott as mentors: "It means he can't f--- it up. If you f--- this up you're a really big idiot."
That message obviously has gotten through to Randle, who had said earlier on same topic of having mentors: "It's up for me to mess it up."
Scott was very pleased with Randle’s play in the second half, praising him in his presser. Wants to push Randle to get that every night.
Byron Scott on Julius Randle: “Obviously he has it in him. He has a world of talent. It’s about him (doing it consistently).”
Byron Scott said the halftime talk was all about defense, playing “on a string,” and was pleased w/effort. Jazz = 37 2nd half points.
PA man Lawrence Tanter with a slip of the tongue, says Lakers play Kings in Sac on Friday. Fortunately it's still in Vegas. Phew.
Lakers win! Lakers win! A preseason game.
FINAL: Lakers 98, Jazz 91. Kobe Bryant with 26 points and Carlos Boozer with 19 points.
LAKERS WIN! THEY WIN! THEY WIN 98-91!
I understand the symbolism, but if you are sitting in the lower bowl at Staples Center do you really need *free* tacos?
LAL in this 2nd half have outscored Utah 57-32. Much better effort defensively than the 1st half or last 3 games.
Looks like the Lakers are going to earn a win. Normally we'd say, "Meh, Utah. Meh, preseason." But the way things have gone, they'll take it
Ronnie Price again making a play on D, his third drawn charge of the game to get LAL possession w/1:33 left, up 93-86.
LAL get a corner 3 off a nice extra pass from Wesley Johnson, and take a resulting 91-85 lead. LAL 4 for 13 from 3 tonight.
Julius Randle, Running Back for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Impressive again from the 19-year-old Randle in this 2nd half. This time a board, sprint w/ball in transition to get Ellington 2 FT's.
Ed Davis is getting good looks in the paint, here taking advantage of a mismatch w/Steve Novak, and is 3 of 4 for 6 quick points.
Like seeing Kobe, Randle, Johnson and Davis get some minutes together here, with youth and athleticism around Bryant.
Price gets some well deserved rest after another defensive play. Kobe's in for the final 6:14, will basically play point guard.
Kobe Bryant checks in as Alec Burks replaces Dahntay Jones. Conspiracize away...
I hate Dahntay Jones.
With no other PG's on the roster healthy right now, Ronnie Price has played 34 minutes with 6:49 to go. Will reach 40 if he stays in.
“GET THAT S*** OUT” - Julius Randle after blocking Dante Exum’s layup. Maybe.
I remember Julius Randle starting games slow at Summer League and coming on in the 2nd half. That's absolutely been the case tonight.
Warning: 5th straight Julius Randle tweet. He came over for a big swat of Dante Exum, his 2nd block of the half.
Great play by Dante Exum to get to the rim. Greater play by Julius Randle to get up block Exum's shot.
Nice signs this quarter continue for the rookie Julius Randle, who just hit his 3rd straight jump shot. Has 8 quick points.
LAL down 2 despite shooting 38% is thanks to active defense: 23 Jazz turnovers, to LAL's 13, plus second chance points (15-4).
Make that 10 assists for Ronnie Price, when the Lakers had three in all of the first half.
So in succession, from Julius Randle: 17-foot make, driving make at the rim, 17-foot make again. Six quick points for the rook.
CAN’T HANDLE RANDLE, STEVE NOVAK.
Randle taking the 17-footer last time down set him up to get Novak's respect on the next trip, and he drove around him for a paint bucket.
Ronnie Price is diving all over the place tonight, causing havoc. Kobe, Byron both love him.
The shot Kobe wants Randle to get up without hesitation, a 17-footer, goes down for the rookie to put LAL up 74-72.
Nice defensive play from Julius Randle, who came from the weak side to swat Rodney Hood near the rim.
Boozer: 19 points, 9 boards, 6 steals in 28 min.; Kobe: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 boards in 25 min.; Price: 6 points, 7 assists, 3 steals.
LAL down 72-69 after 3 Q's, erasing a 16-point halftime deficit to take the lead before Utah ended the period on a 9-4 run.
"I’ve always liked Carlos Boozer” - Every Lakers fan as of October 19, 2014.
The irony is that after all the disapproving things we've written and said about the Boozer signing, he's on my fantasy team. BK
Ian Clark's been a sudden offensive problem for LAL, his 4 of 4 FG's getting Utah back even at 69.
14 steals for the Lakers tonight. Impressive.
Ed Davis in this half at backup 5 (Sacre got the minutes in the 1st half). Scott's playing both right now behind Hill.
Wesley Johnson just registered a dunk over Carrick Felix that I suspect will get replayed as much as Xavier Henry's slam on Jeff Withey.
MR. WES IS IN THE BUILDING. AIN’T NO QUESTION WHO ABOUT TO KILL ‘EM.
Terrific perimeter defense from Ronnie Price tonight, and it just led to another steal. Johnson dunked again in transition, LAL up 65-62.
2006 CARLOS BOOZER IS ON THE LAKERS RIGHT NOW. This could quickly change, though.
Boozer also just notched his 5th steal. Utah has 19 turnovers. Byron Scott has at least something to by pleased w/defensively there.
Carlos Boozer's had his best game of the preseason: 17 points on 5 of 11 FG's with 8 boards in 24 minutes.
Monster dunk by Wesley Johnson and Lakers fans finally have something to cheer about. Lakers 61, Jazz 57 with 5:26 left in the 3rd quarter.
LAKERS LEAD! THEY LEAD! THEY LEAD 61-57!
It's a 23-3 run after Wesley Johnson got yet another steal and converted a tomahawk on the other end. LAL up 61-57.
Lakers have opened the third quarter on a 19-3 run and lead 59-57.
Lakers play a little defense and get back into this game. And, of course, there's Kobe's 21 points in 22 mins.
The Jazz expected the Lakers to roll over like they did on Thursday. No dice. They're fighting back tonight.
Utah has 7 of their 17 turnovers in the last 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Boozer has 4 steals, and Price/Kobe have been in passing lanes.
Don't look now but it's Lakers 57, Jazz 57 with 6:31 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers were down 22 points in the 2nd quarter.
Who are these guys in purple and gold? Stu wants to know whether this is the right score after Johnson ties the game on layup
Tie game. Down 54-38 at the half, it's now a 57-all tie after another steal and Johnson transition layup w/6:31 to play in the 3rd.
IT’S A TIE GAME! HYFR.