The Los Angeles Lakers went back to their Minneapolis days, and unveiled their baby blue ‘MPLS’ throwback uniforms for Wednesday nights clash against the Washington Wizards. This special uniform might of given the team some type of super power, as they unexpectedly defeated the Wizards 102-99 in overtime.
Wizards guard John Wall, promised to show the Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball “no mercy” in their first matchup together. While Wall did get the better in the box score department, it was Ball and the Lakers who emerged with the triumph.
To me, Brandon Ingram (above) had the ‘X’ factor for the Lakers and seized the moments that mattered. Ingram started slow in the beginning, but after a dust-up with Washington’s Kelly Oubre, he scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and tipped in his own miss to save the Lakers and send the game into overtime.
After Wednesday’s loss, Wall was asked what he and the Wizards have to do to take the next step. “Play some damn defense,” he immediately replied. That’s fine, but it also presents the same question that has faced the Wizards for years: How much better does John Wall have to be for the Wizards to be great?
Catch you Monday.