Sacramento Kings (L):
Unfortunately for the Kings, they were eliminated from the playoff race a long time ago and this was the last of their games within the NBA Bubble. Before catching a flight back to the West coast immediately afterwards.
In a game which was very much a rest game for the Lakers, Sacramento took it, 136-122. AD, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Caruso and Kuzma sat this one out. As Frank Vogel started both James and Green but benched them after the first half. LA’s leading scorer in this one was Dion Waiters as he hit 8 of his 15 shots and finished with 19 points. The purple and gold led for most of the first half before the Kings took over in the second, leading by as much as 28 points.
THT! Dynamite!: Horton-Tucker made yet another appearance for the Lakers in this game, this time as a starter. He played 34 minutes and scored 14 points on 6/15 from the field. He also showed some reliability from beyond the arc as he knocked down 2 of his 5 catch-and-shoot opportunities. He also, once again, showed his prowess on the defensive side of the ball as he had 3 steals. Another promising showing from one of the youngest players in the NBA, now knocking on the door for playoff consideration.
Injury Concern?: With Davis missing this one as a result of a sore right knee and James being listed as probable prior to tip off thanks to a sore right groin, should the Lakers be worried? Possibly, as many Laker fans know, LA can not win a playoff series without both being healthy. If these issues persist into the post season, Vogel may find his best option in asking his superstars to play through the pain.