Lakers’ Lonzo Ball bounces back with triple-double effort in second Summer League game

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Much of the talk following Lonzo Ball‘s debut with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Summer League on Friday night came with heavy criticism about his play on the court. 

He shot an abysmal 2-of-15 from the field that included going 1-of-11 from beyond the arc for five points along with five assists, four rebounds, and three turnovers in 31 minutes of action. It was a forgettable performance that Ball voiced that he hoped to put quickly behind him. 

The 19-year-old was able to do just a night later in the 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics by recording a triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes played. He capped his performance with an uncontested dunk in transition in the final minute of the game to give him the impressive statistical mark. 

Ball put on full display his unique passing ability that has the Lakers excited about his future as he found several of his teammates at the basket for layups after getting dribble penetration or beyond the arc. 

He looked much more at ease orchestrating the offense making more sound decisions while he was also able to get to the rim both in the half court and in transition much more effective than in the previous game. Ball will have an opportunity to build off that on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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