Spruiking their offseason moves as championship-winning pieces, Saturday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors was a rude-awakening for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Playing without LeBron James and Austin Reaves, the Lakers’ newest acquisition and younger players had an opportunity to shine in the preseason opener. Unfortunately for Laker fans, that failed to materialize as the Warriors ran away with a 125-108 win.
Los Angeles Lakers fans were comically brought back to earth following the team’s 17-point loss to the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center.
While Los Angeles fans would rightfully be unconcerned with the result given the absence of James and Reaves, it didn’t stop them going into meltdown regarding a few of their new players.
Offseason free agent signings Cam Reddish and Christian Wood were given no leeway in their Laker debuts, while the same could even be said for rookie guard Jalen Hood-Schifino whom the franchise drafted with the 17th overall pick.
Looking to revitalize his NBA career on his fourth team in five seasons, Reddish failed to have an impact in just over 18 minutes before going down with an ankle injury. Golden State kept the former 10th overall pick to one point on 0-4 shooting, while he also committed three turnovers and finished a game low -22.
A late high-profile signing last month, Wood had his moments but ultimately tallied just five points on 2-8 shooting. The 28-year-old was visibly frustrated at times in the face of tough Warrior defense, finishing a -16 in his 19-and-a-half minutes.
The preseason opener is way too early to assess any rookie, but nonetheless Hood-Schifino was outplayed by Golden State’s 19th overall pick Brandin Podziemski. The 20-year-old had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Hood-Schifino finished with seven points, six rebounds and two assists on 3-11 shooting.
Overreaction is always one of the most entertaining elements of preseason basketball, and Laker fans sure delivered after the opening game. The two teams will meet again at Crypto.com Arena on Friday.