NBA Summer League: Lakers look to improve upon 0-3 record

By Quixem Ramirez

April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Devin Ebanks (3) tangles with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second overtime at the Staples Center. Lakers won 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE


San Antonio Spurs (1-0) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-3)Time: 5:30 p.m.TV: NBA TVVenue:Thomas & Mack


If you are craving a close, highly contested Summer League game; I’d advise you to not watch the Los Angeles Lakers. Last night they suffered a 50-point loss to the Miami Heat. They offered little no resistance.

Give them, uh, credit for showing up?

More ugly numbers (if you are a Lakers fan): The Lakers finished with 11 points in the first quarter — their leading scorer was Robert Sacre with four points.

Miami outscored the Lakers 73-45 in the final three quarters.

Just ugly.

While it’s highly unlikely they repeat that stinker of a performance, it’s hard to envision them defeating the Spurs, who haven’t lost a Summer League game since 2009. San Antonio has won nine of their last 11 games to be exact.


Some Lakers of note to watch tonight:

Andrew Goudelock– Appeared in 40 games with the Lakers last season. He posted a 8.4 PER while shooting 39.1% from the field in limited minutes. He brings a decent offensive repertoire for this level in addition to a capable catch-and-shoot game.

Darius Johnson-Odom– He’s similar to Goudelock in the sense that he’s a combo guard that can create for himself somewhat reliably and shoot from the perimeter. DJO’s 3-point shooting regressed from year-to-year (47.4% shooting behind the arc his freshman year) to 38.5% shooting in his final collegiate season. While that is some cause for concern he doesn’t rely on shooting for his main source of offense.

Devin Ebanks– Ebanks is probably the best player on this team. I’m not sure if he should be proud of that title but it’s something. He averaged 16.5 minutes last year where he was generally called upon to use his length to disrupt opposing scorers. He’s not an adept scorer but, at this level, he can carry a slight offensive load. As a rookie, Ebanks averaged 15 points and 3.6 rebounds in his first Vegas action.

Chinemelu Elonu and Ater Majok– Just because I giggle when you say their names. (I’m not weird.)