The SWAG is Back: Nick Young, Lakers back on track, sweep Hawks

Happy 100 Chick Hearn

There are so many brilliant things about this game against the Hawks on a night when Chick Hearn’s memory was celebrated on his 100th birthday at Staples Center for “Chick Hearn Night.”

For Starters:

Thomas Robinson earned himself a start as a result of his inspired play and ten rebounds in the last game.  He played the same, 15 minutes, and put up 9 points and 8 rebounds.

“It’s nice to reward people that come into work everyday and work really hard and don’t get the same opportunities as other players.” _Coach Luke on T-Rob

Jose Calderon playing controlled basketball, filling in for D’Angelo Russell, and NOT turning the ball over for 4 assists and 9 points

Nick Young came back from his toe injury and did what Swag El does.  Hitting the 3 ball at 80% (4 of 5) for 17 points including his, dare I say “patented,” four-point play.  Swaggy D got a steal as well.

The OTHER starters (bench mob):

“The energy the second unit brought on the defensive end in the second quarter I think changed the outcome of that’s what we’ve been preaching all year but it’s the first time we saw all five guys talking..”_Coach Luke

Larry Nance Jr with a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds.

Tarik Black had 7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

“We give ourselves up for each other. We sacrifice for each other, you can see it on the court.  Open man gets the shot, we play defense for each other, you can see it on the team. We smile together, we laugh together, we love each other in this locker room.”_T Black

Lou and JC led the team in scoring with 21 and 18 respectively. Bonus: JC wore a kilt in a post-game interview he shared with Larry.

“They have been one of the best groups of five, starters or benches, all season long in the NBA all season.” _Coach Luke

A Lakers Win, A sweep of Dwight Howard and the Hawks on the season series,Tacos for ALL in Attendance and this game was put “in the fridge” all of which were rare commodities if happened at all last season.

“We all BELIEVE in each other” _Nick Young


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