The Lakers won a wild game at Staples that involved many high and low points throughout the game. The Miami Heat are obviously a rebuilding team this year and it shows by their starting line-up. Most players don’t ever deserve to be starters, but their are some talented players like Dragic and Reed that give it a lift. Compared to the Lakers line-up it is easy to see why the Lakers won 127-100.
D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle got it going early on and really jolted the starting line-up like they have for most of the season. Lou had another good 4th quarter that helped put the game to bed. Heck even Deng had a really good performance against his former team.
Out of all the players that played in this game, nobody had the most surprising performance then Brandon Ingram. He started the last game where he had a hot start from the perimeter, but he cooled off after the first half. This was very impressive because Ingram had been struggling with his stroke all year.
He is currently shooting at a very poor clip 25% percent from 3. This hasn’t been because of his shot being broken or having a funky release the doesn’t translate, it is just that he hasn’t quite adjust his shot to the NBA. The NBA 3 point line is farther than the NCCA. It isn’t a huge difference, but it is enough. His arc is much flatter then it was in college.
Here are 2 Brandon Ingram shots. One being in college and one in the NBA:
Weird college basketball angles aside, his shot is not going as high as it was before causing for it to be off target. This has caused him to miss many good looks that are created by the offense. Once it starts to fall, fans will really start to see his potential.
As a byproduct of his non-exisistent jumpshot, others parts of his game have been highlighted much more then they were in college. His playmaking and toughness have both been as impressive as they were last year. He may not be a Ben Simmons type passer, but he has made some jaw-dropping passes for a lanky small forward.
Against Miami, he was really able to attack and get inside. He may not have insane athleticism, but his long legs really allow him to get inside really quickly. He plays so much tougher than his frame as he can absorbs contact much better than most think. Even through contact, Ingram can draw fouls and finish. His shot chart is really telling of the game he had inside:
Now let’s get to this film room before Clarkson’s squares up with me.
This is a pretty good job by Ingram of backing his defender down in order to get closer to the rim or at a more comfortable spot on the floor. It isn’t much, but it is enough to get at a good range to fadeaway. His height is such an advantage that he can shoot over practically anyone in the NBA. This shot is going to become a signature for Ingram going forward as it is very tough to block or contest.
Who said Ingram is afraid from contact and tries to avoid it? If someone says that ever, feel free to link them to this article. Ingram drives off the pick and roll to then be met by Haslem at the rim. He takes the contact well and just misses the shot, but then is able to get the put back. This is all made possible because Ingram was not knocked off balance by taking contact well. A great job of staying with the play and not getting demoralized by the miss.
Luke Walton has been great off of timeouts. He draws up plays that almost always work and result in a easy bucket or an open look. Luke designed this play to be ran after the defensive possession and the Lakers ran it perfectly. Jordan Clarkson casually brings the ball up the floor then passes it to Ingram. JC runs around a pick from Black and gets a clear runaway to finish a well placed lob by Ingram. Great finish, but a great pass as well.
This is far from shying away from contact as Ingram goes straight into some big bodies trying to draw contact. He drives straight into Willie Reed and pushes him to the side to then change direction towards the rim. He lays it up right before Williams came flying in. Very aggressive play by a player with this raw of a build. His toughness is often taken for granted, but it is becoming noticed more and more.
Ingram can run one heck of a pick and roll at 19. He does a good job of keeping his defender on his hip to not let him get in front to bother his shot if he decided to take one. He throws up what appears to be a floater, but then the pass falls right into Tarik’s hand for an easy make. A great read from Ingram to notice the big was helping and Tarik had a lane to the rim.
This was certainly the most impressive take from Ingram in this game. He didn’t even wait for Black to set the screen, he just decided he was going to get to the rim no matter what. He gets past him man quite easily, but Brandon quickly realizes he isn’t that good of a finisher with his left so he changes hands and still gets the bucket. This was the Brandon Ingram that I loved to watch at Duke. The aggressor that is going to get to the rim and take the contact.
Ingram practically told Josh Richardson to get the heck out of his way. He got past him and then had a clear lane to the hoop. Reed was way too late on the recovery and Ingram had an easy attempt. If Ingram’s shot is not falling then plays like these are going to keep him not the floor. They show the diversity in his skill set as he has many ways to hurt defenses.
Extra passes? Ball movement? An interior shot being passed up for a 3 point shot? This is a little taste of Warriors basketball. Black could of very well shot a floater or layup, but he instead made the right play to kick it out to Ingram. Brandon then notices that Richardson is rotating off of Deng so he quickly whips it to Deng for a great look. If Deng can hit these types of shots, the Lakers may not be screwed. As for Ingram, great job of noticing that his shot wasn’t falling and that Deng would have a better look.
Great anticipation on this pass by Ingram that added a little special sauce by not even looking. Lou’s man tried to trap Ingram, but Brandon read it the whole way and gave a great pass to Lou for the open 3 point shot. The list of 19 year old small forwards that can make this type of pass is extremely short.
I guess Ingram really is Go-Go Gadget.
*Special shoutout to Clayton Fawcette for the point on Ingram’s shot arc*