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Lakers’ Brandon Ingram Sees Team Improvement When He’s Active and Moving

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Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Brandon Ingram has stepped up his game this season, becoming a more adept ball handler when he is thrust into the job, mostly when LeBron James isn’t on the floor.

But Ingram realizes that his continued improvement in his play off the ball will lead to good things for the team as a whole.

“How good guys were moving without the basketball, I think most of the time we’ve been getting the best shot for the team” Ingram said, via the Lakers official Twitter account.

“I think we did really, really good beyond the 3-point line, so we’re shooting with more confidence. Of course on the defensive side, we’re getting better and better each game I think when I’m active and when I’m moving around… I think that’s when I play much better. Just cutting off the basketball and having a chance to attack not only for myself but also for my teammates.”

Ingram is posting 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season for Los Angeles.

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Byron Scott Blasts Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma for ‘Death Lineup’ Comment

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Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, and current NBA analyst Byron Scott wasn’t a fan of some comments made recently by Lakers’ forward Kyle Kuzma.

The comments that drew the ire of Scott?

“I think our smallball unit can be really good,” Kuzma said,according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times .

“I think we can have a death lineup whether that’s [Rajon] Rondo and Lonzo [Ball] on the floor at the same time and me and [Brandon Ingram] and [Le]Bron [James] or substituting guys. I think as we get better defensively and get more continuity, that small ball lineup is going to be huge for us, especially in the playoffs, when everybody’s going to be going small.”

During an appearance on ESPN’s ‘The Jump’, Scott retorted:

“I’m not buying it. I’m trying to figure out what “death line up” he’s talking about. Because, the times that I’ve seen Kuzma at the five spot when they went to their small ball line up. Offensively, it’s okay, it’s okay. But, defensively you got killed, because he had to guard guys who are much bigger and more physical in the low post. He’s not suited for that, right now. So, Kyle, stay in your lane. Don’t try to be the coach, stay in your lane.”

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Lakers’ Luke Walton Not In Danger of Losing Job

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton is not in danger of losing his job as the team battles to hold onto their grip of the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference.

According to the Athletic’s Sam Amick:

“As I’ve chronicled before, the dynamic between Luke Walton and his Lakers bosses is complicated enough that his situation will be worth monitoring until season’s end, yet even before the Lakers routed Dallas on Monday to improve to 22-19, when they had lost five of six games since losing James entering play, a source close to the situation said that there were no signs of imminent danger for the third-year coach.”

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Lakers’ Rajon Rondo Sent to G League for Rehab Assignment

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The Los Angeles Lakers have sent veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to the G League for a rehab assignment, the team officially announced on Monday.

Rondo suffered a broken right hand back on November 14th during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Rondo inked a one-year pact with the Lakers and is averaging 8.5 points, and 6.5 assists per game this season for Los Angeles.

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