Lakers Won't Change Lonzo Ball's Shot During Season

Lakers Won't Change Lonzo Ball's Shot During Season

Two of the Lakers' five scorers in double figures came off the pine, while Julius Randle finished with eight points and eight rebounds in only 19 minutes on the court. "It was a good win for us, to finish the road trip like this".

Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 apiece for the Lakers, who salvaged the finale of a four-game road trip and won in Phoenix for the second time this season.

Lonzo Ball didn't resent his benching in the fourth quarter of Monday night's matchup against the Phoenix Suns. He's shooting a terrible 31 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range. The prized rookie point man watched the last period from the bench as head coach Luke Walton rolled the dice with a hot Jordan Clarkson as Ball had struggled from the floor. "Brewer and Clarkson were both incredible tonight; they had been out there, they were working hard and obviously Zo's ability to play the game and run that point spot for us - there were a couple times I was one play away from putting him back in, and one of those guys would make a play". Instead, the Lakers scored nine of the next 11 points in the game and ended the first quarter leading by one point, 21-20.

Ball, however, was just happy that his teammates got the job done. "And I thought we did a great number defensively as well".

As the low score suggested, neither team looked sharp early on, and it was a sloppy first half with the exception of sharp offensive performances by Booker for Phoenix and Clarkson for LA.

"I thought the 3-pointers were the difference in the game", Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said.

From that point forward, Brewer stepped up and made two free throws to ice the game, but LA held on for a comfortable seven-point victory. "And we want to encourage him to keep shooting". If the shot really is as bad as early returns indicate then Los Angeles can use the offseason to make actual changes.

The score was tied 81-81 after Bender's left-handed driving layup with 7:25 to play.

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