D’Angelo Russell, his voice as level as the top of an NBA backboard, made sure to point out the thing that he was about to say needed to be bolded and underlined. “’I’m going to continue to stress it,” he said. “But what you guys see is a team figuring it out.” Russell sat in front of the media and said this on Monday night, his team having just grinded its way through a win against the Orlando Magic.
The Clippers would build a double-digit lead that grew to as many as 19 before back-to-back Lakers threes right at the end of the first kept things from being wildly out of hand. From there, the Lakers sort of just hung around, never really threatening but never fading either. Already short-handed with Rui Hachimura (concussion protocol), Jared Vanderbilt (heel) and Gabe Vincent (knee), the Lakers lost Taurean Prince during pregame warmups when he felt soreness in his left knee.
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