April 24, 2018

NBA - Latest Lakers Player Notes
01/01/2018 - Tyler Ennis  
G Tyler Ennis matched his career high of 20 points while posting a season-high 11 assists in Sunday's 148-142 double overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.

01/01/2018 - Josh Hart  
G Josh Hart scored a career-high 26 points before fouling out in overtime in Sunday's 148-142 double overtime loss at Houston.

01/01/2018 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle totaled 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in Sunday's 148-142 double overtime loss to the Houston Rockets. He became the first Laker to finish with that stat line since Shaquille O'Neal in 2004.

12/28/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance led the Lakers' reserves with 12. Nance matched Marc Gasol and Los Angeles center Andrew Bogut with a game-high nine rebounds.

12/28/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma's run of consecutive games scoring in double figures ended at 11. He went to the locker room with 5:57 remaining after coming down awkwardly defending a Memphis shot. Kuzma returned shortly thereafter, but he made little impact, finishing with nine points on 4-of-24 shooting. "I was very happy about the shots. I thought they were all, for the most part, pretty good, open shots," Kuzma said. "It just wasn't falling tonight. As a professional, you're going to have those nights. Everyone's had those nights, and tonight was mine." Kuzma's 4-of-24 shooting from the floor and 1-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc were both season worsts.

12/28/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson connected on 5 of 9 3-point attempts en route to 22 points.

12/28/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram, who led the Lakers with 23 points, shot just 5 of 11 from the foul line.

12/26/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle scored 16 off the bench.

12/26/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson added 17 points Monday. Clarkson missed his first seven shots, but rebounded to make five of his final six of the first half.

12/26/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma made 6 of 11 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead the Lakers. Kuzma joined LeBron James as the only NBA rookies to score at least 30 points on Christmas. "I'm just hitting shots," Kuzma said. "Just trying to focus on that, and my shots are going in."

12/24/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
PG Lonzo Ball, who was injured in the second quarter of Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a sprain in his left shoulder. Ball will be reevaluated in one week, according to a statement released by the Lakers. He will not play in Monday's game against visiting Minnesota, the Lakers said. Ball played 28 minutes in Friday's game at Portland. He returned to the court after suffering the injury when he became tangled with Portland's Jusuf Nurkic near the end of the first half. He told reporters after the game he felt a "pop" when the injury occurred. He finished with 10 points and four assists. If Ball does not play until he is reevaluated in a week, he will miss five games.

12/24/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points apiece for the Lakers.

12/24/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle added 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

12/24/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball had 10 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds Saturday

12/24/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram (right quadriceps contusion and left quadriceps tendinitis) sat out Saturday.

12/24/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points apiece for the Lakers.

12/24/2017 - Thomas Bryant  
C Thomas Bryant made his NBA debut after the 2017 second-round pick from Indiana was recalled from the G League on Dec. 16. Bryant had one point in four minutes.

12/23/2017 - Ivica Zubac  
The Los Angeles Lakers recalled C Ivica Zubac from the South Bay Lakers of the G-League. Zubac scored a career-high 28 points on 13-for-20 shooting to lead South Bay to a 114-109 win over the Canton Charge on Friday. In his most recent stint with South Bay, Zubac averaged 23.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.1 minutes over four games.

12/23/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma followed his career-best game of 38 points in a win over Houston with 27 points and game-high 14 rebounds in Friday night's loss to the Warriors. He has now scored 25 or more in three straight games, joining Lakers legends Elgin Baylor and Jerry West as the only three rookies ever to record such a three-peat.

12/21/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day jail sentence but is allowed to leave Seal Beach (Calif.) Police Department Detention Center for both Lakers games and practices, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The fifth-year guard, in his first season with the Lakers, was sentenced to 25 days in prison in Oakland County (Mich.) Jail after agreeing to a plea of allowing a person to operate his vehicle under the influence in March, stemming from when he was with the Detroit Pistons. Caldwell-Pope filed a petition to serve the sentence at the Seal Beach facility, but he must wear a GPS monitor outside the detention facility. Under terms of the work-release program, Caldwell-Pope must submit to a breathalyzer upon his return from each practice. Because he is not allowed to leave the state, Caldwell-Pope has already missed two road games. He will travel with the team for a Friday matchup against the Warriors in Oakland, but he will not be available for games at Houston and Minnesota on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, respectively.

12/21/2017 - Andrew Bogut  
C Andrew Bogut was in the starting lineup Wednesday to replace Brook Lopez (ankle). Bogut scored two points in 17 minutes. With Lopez slated to miss at least three weeks, Walton will tweak his starting lineup based largely on matchups.

12/21/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma scored 24 of his career-high 38 points in the first half on 9-for-9 shooting against Houston. "I scored 30 in the summer league," Kuzma said matter-of-factly. "This is a better team but the same mentality. I've got the same mentality every time I step on the court: play my hardest and just be locked in."

12/19/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez has a moderate right ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers announced on Tuesday. Lopez rolled his ankle while contesting a shot from behind in the second quarter of Monday's 116-114 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. X-rays were negative and an MRI exam confirmed the severity of the injury for Lopez, who exited Staples Center wearing a walking boot and using crutches. Lopez is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 28 games this season since being acquired in a trade from the Brooklyn Nets in June.

12/18/2017 - Brook Lopez  
C Brook Lopez sprained his right ankle while defending Kevin Durant's drive with 1:43 left in the first half Monday. X-rays were negative, but Lopez did not return. Kyle Kuzma started the second half in his place.

12/16/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss three games while he is ineligible to travel with the team over a 25-day span due to a plea agreement stemming from his DUI case in Michigan, he announced. Caldwell-Pope is not allowed to leave the state of California while attending a rehab program, meaning he will not be able to play in Los Angeles' games in Houston (Dec. 20 and Dec. 31) and Minnesota (Jan. 1). He did not play Thursday in the Lakers' 121-112 loss at Cleveland, as he was unable to get to the game in time after a court appearance in Michigan. Caldwell-Pope was cited for driving a vehicle while intoxicated on March 29 in Auburn Hills, Mich., when he was a member of the Pistons. He pleaded guilty in May to a lesser charge of allowing another individual to operate his vehicle while intoxicated.

12/14/2017 - Corey Brewer  
F Corey Brewer appeared in his 304th consecutive game, the NBA's longest active streak. The previous active consecutive games streak bearer was Thompson, whose 447-game streak ended in April.

12/14/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not with the team due to an unspecified personal reason.

12/14/2017 - Josh Hart  
G Josh Hart scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first pro start. Hart played in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was not with the team.

12/14/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram paced the Lakers with 26 points in a 121-112 loss to the Lakers.

12/14/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick of the Lakers, finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a loss to idol LeBron James and the Cavs. "He's said over and over since he was growing up and who he modeled his game after," James said of Ball. "Who was his favorite player? It was me, and I was humbled by that." Ball said playing against his idol for the first time was "pretty cool."

12/12/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram had one of his worst games, shooting 2 of 12 from the field while scoring five points and committing five turnovers in 41 minutes.

12/12/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma (19 points) hit a 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds left to tie the game at 99, but New York won in overtime. "We fought," Kuzma said. "Could've kept the lead in that second quarter and got back in the game, but it happens."

12/12/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball tallied 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists in an overtime loss during his Madison Square Garden debut. "I think Lonzo is awesome," the Knicks' Michael Beasley said. "You guys are hung up on him not scoring the ball, but what rookie comes in and averages 50 points? There aren't a lot of 20 (point), five (rebound), five (assist) guys out there. He's a great point guard."

12/12/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope paced the Lakers with 24 points in a 113-109 loss to New York.

12/07/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Thursday's 107-104 victory at Philadelphia. Ingram, who scored a team-high 21 points, missed five of his 10 foul shots and was only 6 for 20 from the floor as the Lakers' final possession unfolded. He found himself wide open on the right wing, however, and rookie guard Lonzo Ball, on a drive from the right corner, pitched the ball to him. Ingram connected with eight-tenths of a second left.

12/07/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle scored 16 points in Thursday's 107-104 victory at Philadelphia.

12/07/2017 - Jordan Clarkson  
G Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points in Thursday's 107-104 victory at Philadelphia.

12/07/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and four blocked shots in Thursday's 107-104 victory at Philadelphia. He was booed every time he touched the ball. "I knew it was going to be like that," Ball said of the crowd. "Right when they called my name (in pregame introductions), they were ready to go. They were going after us. It's always fun playing like that, though."

12/04/2017 - Larry Nance Jr.  
F Larry Nance Jr. finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers.

12/04/2017 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 points for the Lakers.

12/04/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram contributed 18 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost five straight.

12/04/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to lead the Lakers (8-15).

12/04/2017 - Corey Brewer  
F Corey Brewer appeared in his 300th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NBA. He played 11 scoreless minutes. The last player to appear in at least 300 consecutive games was Tristan Thompson, whose streak of 447 straight appearances ended last April. Former Laker A.C. Green owns the all-time record of 1,192 straight games played from 1986 to 2001.

12/03/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma's back spasms that kept him out of Thursday's overtime loss to Golden State improved enough for him to play, coach Luke Walton said Saturday. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Nuggets on Saturday. Kuzma was named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November.

12/01/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma of the Lakers has been named the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month for October-November. Kuzma led all West rookies in scoring (16.7 points) and field-goal percentage (50.4). Kuzma became the first Lakers rookie since Magic Johnson to collect 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game when he reached those marks on Nov. 17 against the Phoenix Suns.

11/30/2017 - Julius Randle  
F Julius Randle scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Golden State. It was his second 20-point game of the season.

11/30/2017 - Brandon Ingram  
F Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 32 points in Wednesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. He made 12 of 21 shots.

11/30/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma, was ruled out of Wednesday's loss to Golden State after experiencing back spasms during warmups. The rookie out of Utah, is averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 50.4 percent from the floor.

11/28/2017 - Kyle Kuzma  
F Kyle Kuzma, the team's leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, returned to a reserve role with Lary Nance Jr. returning from a broken bone in his left hand.

11/28/2017 - Lonzo Ball  
G Lonzo Ball scored just three points, going 1-for-7 from the field and 1-for-6 from 3-point range. Ball added seven assists.