November 20, 2017

NBA - Latest Lakers Player Notes
11/20/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. (fractured left hand) has a target date for his return, but coach Luke Walton refused to divulge it. Nance has missed nine games.

11/20/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez put up 21 points for the Lakers on Sunday in a win over the Nuggets.

11/20/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle scored a season-high 24 points as the Lakers beat the Nuggets on Sunday.

11/20/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball posted his second triple-double (11 points, 11 assists, 16 rebounds), though he hit just 5 of 13 shots from the floor Sunday. Ball had the most rebounds of any NBA rookie guard since January 2001, when Steve Francis grabbed 17. "It's what we've been saying the whole time, even when he's not scoring the ball, he has rebounds, assists and steals," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "Sixteen is a lot, (but) I'm not totally shocked by it. He's really good down there on the glass."

11/18/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram had 17 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which beat the Suns in Phoenix twice this season.

11/18/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which beat the Suns in Phoenix twice this season.

11/18/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his season-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers (6-10) and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Kuzma, who came in second on the team in scoring at 15.5 points, missed all six of his first-half field-goal attempts, but made his first four in the second half to cut the deficit to six. Kuzma scored 14 points in the third quarter and the Lakers got as close as two, but the Suns pushed their lead back to 89-82 entering the fourth.

11/18/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
PG Lonzo Ball finished with six points on 3-for-7 shooting, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

11/16/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 26 points in Wednesday's 115-109 loss to Philadelphia.

11/16/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 24 points in Wednesday's 115-109 loss to Philadelphia.

11/16/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points in Wednesday's 115-109 loss to Philadelphia.

11/16/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball scored two points in Wednesday's 115-109 loss to Philadelphia. Ball struggled through three quarters, shooting 1 for 9 from the field including 0 for 6 from 3-point range. He was benched for the fourth quarter for the second consecutive game by coach Luke Walton.

11/16/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance, Jr. missed his seventh straight game Wednesday with a second metacarpal fracture in his left hand.

11/14/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma had 11 points for the Lakers, who have two of their six wins against the Suns in Phoenix.

11/14/2017 - Corey Brewer  
F Corey Brewer finished with 13 points for the Lakers, who have two of their six wins against the Suns in Phoenix.

11/14/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball, who became the youngest player in NBA history on Saturday to have a triple-double in Milwaukee, was 3-of-10 shooting with seven points, five assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes. He left the game with 2:47 to go in the third quarter and never returned. "We got the win and everything worked out so I have no complaints," Ball said. "(Jordan Clarkson) was hot. I would have rolled with him too."

11/14/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers (6-8), who ended a three-game losing streak in a game where neither team had a double-digit lead until 2:30 remained.

11/14/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson had 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting to help give the Lakers a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday night.

11/14/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points for the Lakers (6-8), who ended a three-game losing streak in a game where neither team had a double-digit lead until 2:30 remained.

11/12/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points in Saturday's loss at Milwaukee. He also added 11 rebounds for his third double-double in five games since being inserted into the starting lineup. Kuzma is averaging 16.6 points on 52.3 percent shooting along with 8.6 rebounds over his last seven games.

11/12/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball made history Saturday night, becoming the youngest player to record a triple-double when he totaled 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in Saturday's loss at Milwaukee. He wasn't much in the mood to celerate the feat. "I really don't care," Ball said. "We took a loss, so it don't really mean nothing. I just wanted to win tonight. I thought we put ourselves in a good position to get it, but it didn't happen." Ball grabbed his 10th rebound with 9:11 remaining and at 20 years, 15 days, he broke the record held by LeBron James, who was 20 years, 20 days old on Jan. 19, 2005.

11/09/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball came close to his first career triple-double in Thursday's 111-95 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, though the rookie once again labored with his shooting. Ball finished 3 of 12 overall and 1 of 7 on 3-point tries. Ball is shooting 29 percent from the field and 23 percent from the beyond the arc. He's also averaging more than six rebounds and six assists per game.

11/09/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram scored 18 points in Wednesday's 107-96 loss at Boston.

11/09/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points in Wednesday's 107-96 loss at Boston.

11/09/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday's 107-96 loss at Boston.

11/09/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
PG Lonzo Ball had nine points, six assists, five rebounds and four blocked shots in Wednesday's 107-96 loss at Boston. He shot 4 of 15 from the floor and is 10 of 43 in the past three games, 2 of 16 from 3-point range. Ball was booed lustily during introductions and every time he touched the ball because he wouldn't work out for the Celtics and his father said he didn't want him to play in Boston.

11/09/2017 - Andrew Bogut  
C Andrew Bogut was active for the first time as a Laker on Tuesday. He played six scoreless minutes.

11/05/2017 - Julius Randle  
PF Julius Randle surpassed 2,000 career points when he scored his sixth on Sunday.

11/05/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball had nine points and nine rebounds while shooting 3 of 13 from the floor Sunday against Memphis.Ball has hit just 6 of 30 shots from the floor over his past three games.

11/04/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez was a cornerstone for the Nets' organization for almost a decade, but in a 124-112 Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on Friday night, he was Brooklyn's biggest problem. Lopez connected on 6-of-9 3-point attempts en route to a season-high 34 points, 23 of which came in the second half, and he added 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Friday was Lopez's first game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds since November 2016 -- when he did it against the Lakers.

11/04/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma scored 17 of his 21 points before intermission and set a career best with 13 rebounds for the Lakers' on Friday night. "He's so talented," teammate Brook Lopez said of Kuzma. "He's taking advantage of his opportunity." One opportunity afforded Kuzma was insertion into the starting lineup, which the rookie forward said he learned of just before tipoff. He started, then proceeded to finish as one of three Lakers with a double-double. Kuzma's 21 points came just one shy of tying the career high he set one night earlier at Portland.

11/04/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball, who attempted just two field goals Thursday at Portland, took the Lakers' first two shot attempts of the game against Brooklyn on Friday night. Ball finished with six points and seven assists.

11/03/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball, who went scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting Thursday night at Portland, entered the game shooting .333 from the field and .286 from 3-point range. "He's a good shooter," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "He shot for a good percentage in high school and college, and he'll shoot a good percentage in the NBA. It's early in his first year."

11/03/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. broke his right hand in the third quarter Thursday. Nance, averaging 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, is out indefinitely.

11/03/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma came off the bench for 22 points Thursday in the Lakers' loss at Portland. He might see more playing time moving forward after F Larry Nance Jr. broke his right hand.

11/03/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez scored 27 points Thursday in the Lakers' 113-110 loss at Portland.

11/01/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points off the bench in Tuesday's win over the Pistons. Kuzma had seven points and fellow reserve Julius Randle added six in a 13-2 run that gave the Lakers a 38-24 seconf-quarter advantage.

11/01/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez was 3 of 31 from 3-point range in his first eight seasons in the NBA before going 134 of 387 last season (34.6 percent). He was 2 of 6 from 3-point range in Tuesday's win over Detroit and is 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) for the season.

11/01/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle scored 17 points off the bench to lead seven players in double figures as the Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 113-93 on Tuesday night.

11/01/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance recorded his third double-double of the season (14 points, 12 rebounds) in Tuesday's win over the Detroit Pistons, and 13th of his three-year NBA career.

10/28/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma had nine points, three rebounds and three assists in his return to Salt Lake City. Kuzma played at the University of Utah for three seasons, averaging 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 96 career games before Los Angeles drafted him 27th overall in June.

10/28/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
PG Lonzo Ball had nine points on 3-of-10 shooting to go along with four assists, two rebounds and five turnovers on Saturday.

10/27/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. went to the locker room early in the third quarter after getting a cut on his mouth. He returned with 7:53 left in the quarter and Los Angeles trailing by one

10/27/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball, who turned 20 on Friday, is 7 of 34 from the field in his past three games.

10/26/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball recorded six points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while shooting 2-for-11 from the floor, 0-for-5 from 3-point range, in the Lakers' overtime win against the Wizards on Wednesday.

10/26/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. matched his career high with 18 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds in the Lakers' overtime win against the Wizards on Wednesday.

10/26/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram beat Kelly Oubre Jr. off the dribble, banked a running shot off the glass and then tipped in his miss with 0.7 seconds left. That allowed the game to continue into overtime, and the Lakers eventually beat the Wizards 102-99 on Wednesday. Ingram had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lakers.

10/24/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
PF Larry Nance Jr. had his 2018-19 option picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Nance was the 27th overall pick by the Lakers in 2015. He overtook Julius Randle as the team's starting power forward and in three games this season, Nance is averaging 11.3 points and seven rebounds. In 129 games for the Lakers, Nance holds averages of 6.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. He is eligible for a contract extension next summer and if there is not an extension, Nance will become a restricted free agent in 2019.

10/24/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram had his 2018-19 option picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Ingram was the second overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Duke. He averaged 9.4 points and four rebounds in 79 games last season. In Los Angeles' first three games, Ingram is averaging 14.7 points and three rebounds. He scored a career-high 25 points in a two-point win at Phoenix on Friday. Ingram is under team control for another year and the Lakers will have to decide on his option for the 2019-20 season next October

10/22/2017 - Ivica Zubac  
C Ivica Zubac was active for the first time this season and did not play. He is the tallest player on the Los Angeles roster at 7-foot-1.