The Los Angeles Lakers are going to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season. But despite a disastrous season, the Lakers management can look forward to their young core which will give them success in future games. D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and company have proved on Sunday that they are capable of beating the best in the business.
The Lakers shocked the world by handing the defending champions Golden State Warriors their sixth loss of the season on Sunday. The promise of their younger players was tested against the best team of the league.
MVP Stephen Curry was asked about the potential of rookie D’Angelo Russell by Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group. “He has total skill set. He’ll be great going forward in this league.” The MVP described D’Angelo Russell, according to the Lakers Nation.
The Lakers’ back-court, comprising of Russell and Jordan Clarkson, made all the difference by out-playing their Warriors’ counterparts which featured Curry and Klay Thompson. Clarkson and Russell posted 46 points together, with Russell’s total tally at 21 points.The Lakers’ also triumphed in restricting Stephen Curry to only one three-pointer in the game. The MVP has torched many opponents with his lethal three-pointers this season. All-stars Curry and Thompson managed only 33 points together.
The Lakers still has 18 games remaining in the regular season. And after struggling in the initial phases of the league, Russell has emerged as the leading scorer for the Lakers, including a career high performance of 39 points against the Brooklyn Nets, as reports the Cleveland.com. The Lakers is scheduled to face Orlando Magic in Staples Center this Tuesday.
Kobe Bryant is set to retire after this season. The Lakers’ think-tank is content to see their young brigade evolving to a matured set of players that will hopefully secure another championship for the franchise in the future.