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August 17, 2020

Corey Brewer says Lonzo Ball, offense can carry Lakers until defense improves

first_imgIt might be hard to make that case on Friday’s performance alone. While Ball and Ingram shone, and Brook Lopez added 19 points, neither team of young stars encountered much resistance.“If these two programs are the future of the NBA, there’s no defense in the future,” Suns coach Earl Watson told reporters. “It’s defenseless. It was offense versus offense.”The Suns allowed the Lakers to score 132 points two nights after losing to Portland 124-76 in their opener.“No matter what you say,” Brewer said, “every Laker fan who watched the game said the Lakers played their butts off tonight. And we won.”IN THEIR DEFENSEWalton was pleased with the way the Lakers responded Friday to a hard foul by Devin Booker and the resulting scuffle in the third quarter.Brewer had a breakaway layup and Booker fouled the veteran hard. Larry Nance Jr. rushed to help Brewer up, and in the process bumped into Booker. Booker leapt up and shoved Nance from behind.Booker and Nance were assessed technical fouls and Booker was also called for a flagrant foul. Before that was all sorted out, however, a tense scene played out, with players having to be separated.“Our guys stood up for our player, their team stood up for their player,” Walton said. “That’s what it should be. Never any violence, never anyone getting hurt. But the fact that our guys ran down there to have Brewer’s back is what matters.” Do the Lakers have a Julius Randle problem? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn some ways, Brewer seems out of place on this team. A veteran of five teams playing in his 11th season, he is surrounded by teenagers and 20-year-olds. Last February he was traded from Houston, a team with championship aspirations, to the rebuilding Lakers.On Friday, however, the smiley swingman seemed as jubilant as ever, jumping passing lanes and leading fast breaks.“For me, I get to watch these young guys develop and I get to have fun playing basketball,” Brewer said. “With Lonzo out there playing the way he plays, (when) he starts playing fast, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”He also has confidence the Lakers (1-1) will be better than most projections.“We’re going to win some games,” he said. “People don’t think we’re going to be good, but we’re going to turn this thing around. We’re going to win some games.” Lonzo Ball’s focus in tight game reminds Lakers coach of Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One of the Lakers’ young stars nearly notched a triple-double and another set a career scoring high, but when Coach Luke Walton went through his list of the players most important to the Lakers’ 132-130 victory over the Suns on Friday, he made sure to include 31-year-old Corey Brewer.“Corey came out and really set the tone,” Walton said. “He really energized this entire group. Guys were going nuts for him, mainly what he’s doing defensively.”Starting while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope served the second game of his two-game suspension, Brewer played 33 minutes and led all players with three steals. But after watching Lonzo Ball erupt for 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, and Brandon Ingram add 25 points, Brewer is convinced the Lakers’ offense is good enough to carry the team when the defense lags.Related Articles Lonzo Ball just misses triple-double as Lakers hold off Suns “We’ve got to play better defense,” Brewer said. “But offensively everything was clicking for us. If we play like that offensively, we play (just) a little defense, we’re going to beat a lot of teams.” Heisler: Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, Magic Johnson’s Magic, has his own magical arrival last_img read more

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