In response to the LA Instances:
Who was that masked man who stepped into the Lakers’ beginning lineup on Thursday and turned a maybe awkward state of affairs into a robust win over Charlotte throughout a very tough stretch of a still-difficult season?
With Cam Reddish unavailable towards the Hornets resulting from a sore groin, coach Darvin Ham coyly stated earlier than the sport that he would play “somebody” in Reddish’s place. That “somebody” turned out to be Rui Hachimura, who remains to be required to put on a face protecting after present process surgical procedure for a nasal fracture he suffered in November.
The lineup change, which got here out of necessity moderately than selection, turned out to be an excellent one. Hachimura mixed with reserves Austin Reaves, D’Angelo Russell, Max Christie and Christian Wooden to finish the third quarter with a 14-5 surge that helped lengthen the one-point halftime result in 19 after three. The identical 5 gamers additionally began the fourth quarter, creating sufficient area between the Lakers and the Hornets (7-22) for LeBron James and Anthony Davis to be spectators for the ultimate 12 minutes of an eventual 133-112 match.