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[November 21, 2017]
Los Angeles rookie Lonzo Ball has put up a lot of clunkers
through his first 17 NBA games but he also has two triple-doubles in
the past five games. Ball will look to follow up a strong effort
when the Lakers host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Ball had 11 points, a career-best 16 rebounds and 11 assists in
Sunday's 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets while fully
impressing coach Luke Walton. "It's what we've been saying the whole
time, even when he's not scoring the ball, he has rebounds, assists
and steals," Walton told reporters. "Sixteen is a lot, (but) I'm not
totally shocked by it. He's really good down there on the glass."
Chicago has its own talented rookie in forward Lauri Markkanen but
his early season heroics haven't prevented the club from getting off
to a porous start. The Bulls are a putrid 1-7 on the road after
opening a four-game excursion with a 113-105 loss to the lowly
Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
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ABOUT THE BULLS (3-11): Markkanen scored a season-best 26 points and
also collected 13 rebounds in the loss to Phoenix and has team-best
averages of 15.6 points and eight rebounds. The 7-footer is scoring
on the inside and also has knocked down 10 3-pointers over the past
three games and is developing as the team's top scorer much sooner
than expected. "I do like a lot of the spots that Lauri is getting
the ball on the floor," Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters.
"But when he's got it rolling like that (against Phoenix), we've got
to make it a point to find him."
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ABOUT THE LAKERS (7-10): Power forward Julius Randle had a superb
outing with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the
victory over Denver. Walton dissected the 22-year-old's fine
performance and was wondering what the potion is to make that type
of showing into a regular thing. "I'm trying to figure that out,"
Walton said. "Because when he plays like he did (Sunday), he's as
good as anyone in this league."
1. The teams split two meetings last season with Randle collecting
20 rebounds (to match a career high) in the Lakers' victory.
2. Chicago SG Zach LaVine (knee) is expected to start practicing
this week and is on target to make his club debut in December.
3. Los Angeles C Brook Lopez is averaging 20 points on 17-of-27
shooting over the past two games.
PREDICTION: Lakers 109, Bulls 106
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