LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night scratched out their first win streak of the season beyond a collective effort past the Memphis Grizzlies.
However, what has continued to remain the same has been rookie Lonzo Ball‘s shooting woes as he made just three of his 13 attempts from the field and was 1-of-8 from beyond the arc in the game for nine points but also tallied nine assists and five rebounds.
This has pushed Ball to average on the season 8.8 points on 29.9 percent shooting from the field and 23.4 percent from 3-point range. He has shot lower than 30 percent in all but two games while making three or fewer field goals in that same parameter.
Although these shooting issues have persisted, head coach Luke Walton has remained encouraged by Ball’s approach to continue to take shots despite the misses piling up.
“I want him to keep shooting,” Walton said. “I am glad he isn’t turning them down. I am glad he’s putting pressure at the rim “
The 20-year-old has increased his aggressiveness with his shot over the last four games having taken at more than field goal attempts in three of the contests. In fact, the Lakers are 5-2 when Ball hoists up 10 0r more field shots and 0-3 when he fails to reach that mark.
That said, his teammates have continued to voice support with Ball while understanding his importance within the offense and team’s identity on that end of the floor.
“He’s doing everything else,” Brook Lopez said. “His scoring is not a concern to us. What he does for us is irreplaceable.”
Ultimately, It’s an offensive approach that the Lakers welcome and are hoping the second overall pick continues to carry over moving forward this season.
“He’s being aggressive,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “He is attacking the rim more. He’s playing hard. That’s what we need from him.”