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the corkboards leading
10-26-2017, 09:45 PM
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LOS ANGELES -- After a contentious buildup between the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers centered around a LaVar Ball guarantee and a prediction that John Wall will "torture" Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton told his players at shootaround that the team "should be offended" and "not stand for" someone saying something about one of their teammates.
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A "more locked in" Lakers rallied around Ball and handed the Wizards their first loss of the season with an inspired 102-99 overtime victory at Staples CenterOur guys were David Amerson Authentic Jersey more locked in tonight," Walton said after the Lakers (2-2) earned their biggest win of the young season. "It shouldn't be anything to do with [what Marcin Gortat and Wall said about Ball]. [But] I did [tell them] it is nothing personal but we defend each other. If people want to talk about our players, we should be offended and we should go into that game and telling ourselves that is not alright and we are not going to stand for that and we are not just going to [lay down] and let that happen."
Wall -- who admitted that he was motivated by LaVar Ball's guarantee after the Lakers' loss to New Orleans on Sunday that his son was not going to lose again this week and by Gortat responding to that by saying that Wall would "torture" the rookie -- finished with 18 points, nine assists and one steal in the loss.
"I told you so," LaVar Ball told ESPN's Jeff Goodman after the Lakers' win. "I've seen this story before."
For the third time in four games this season, Ball struggled with his shot and went 2-for-11, missing all five of his 3-point attempts. But Ball got what he wanted most -- a win -- and he helped the cause by impacting the game with 10 assists, eight rebounds, one block and one steal to go with his six points and just one turnover. In overtime, Ball scored two points and had two assists while Wall was 1-for-5 with two points.
Walton said he drew up the first play of overtime for Ball to shoot a 3-pointer despite the fact that he wanted his team to attack the paint.
"Lonzo, you are going to take this 3 and knock it down," Walton said he told the rookie. "And he liked it. He didn't make it but he walked back to me and said, 'Coach, I am going to hit the next one.' And he missed the next David Amerson Authentic Jersey one too. But his confidence was there. For a rookie, you love to see that and down the stretch he made some really nice plays.
"Even when he is missing his shot, he is still impacting the game in such a positive way. We are really happy that we have him on our team."
During some of the times when Ball was on Wall, the No. 2 overall pick held his own most of the time by staying in front of Wall and harassing Wall into 2-for-7 shooting when he was on the Wizards' star.
In the fourth and overtime, Wall missed 9-of-his-final-10 shots, including misfiring a double-clutch potential game-tying 3-pointer David Amerson Authentic Jersey at the overtime buzzer with Ball hanging on his hip. Wall was held to two points after the third quarter with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drawing the responsibility of guarding Wall most of the time.
"I thought tonight was our best defensive night all year," Ball said. "... It started at practice, everyone bought into it, we were ready for this game. You could see it on the court, the way we were guarding tonight, we were all playing for one another
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