25 clap bonus for suffering through that game:)

It’s crazy how teams can look completely different depending on the personnel match ups. Their wins over San Antonio, Memphis, Miami, and Minnesota were the result of their youth and speed.

Against teams that could either match their pace or play good defense (New Orleans, Denver, Milwaukee, Toronto) they lost badly.

I did a deep dive on the Lakers defense when they held the Kings to 86 points on Saturday, and I saw a lot of what you saw: fast young team that plays with pace, but no defense; WCS is a walking offensive foul who can’t finish against mobile defenders; Bagley is far from being ready for prime time; the bench was really awful; and Fox is very good when he has a speed advantage.

Against the Lakers, Fox was 1 for 3 when guarded by Lonzo (a nice drive where he initiated contact to get Lonzo off balance) plus a couple of free throws. The Kings did a number of actions to get Fox switched on Kuzma and Ingram, and he went crazy for a half, driving to the rim for and-1’s, hitting step back 3’s, and pulling up for mid range jumpers. He cooled off considerably in the second half, missing 6 of 8 shots that were similar in quality to those of the first half. He ended up with 21 points, and 7 rebounds, but only 2 assists and 4 turnovers.

The Kings actually had more fast break points than the Lakers (25–17), but got killed in the paint and on the boards, which limited Sacramento’s number of transition opportunities. If the Lakers hadn’t missed an ungodly number of free throws, the score would have been even more lopsided.

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