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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs. Mavericks – Game 60


The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to get back on track and dropped their second consecutive game to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, 108-93.


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Ben McLemore drew the start in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who missed the game with an ankle sprain, and he immediately knocked down a 3-pointer, although the Mavericks built up an early 8-3 lead. Defensively, Los Angeles had trouble containing Luka Doncic, who was able to execute the Dallas offense, allowing them to remain in control.

McLemore stayed hot from the field, draining three more threes to help the Lakers take their first lead of the night, while Marc Gasol made a surprising appearance as the first big off the bench. Los Angeles would end the quarter shooting 6-of-11 from distance but went into the second with a slim 26-23 lead.

The Lakers managed to keep a slight advantage over the Mavericks as they looked to attack the basket, highlighted by a Talen Horton-Tucker pass to a cutting Wesley Matthews. Both teams then struggled to score the basketball, but L.A. gave itself some extra cushion after a Markieff Morris dunk off a turnover.

The Purple and Gold quickly built up a double-digit lead as their defense was able to force more Dallas mistakes which ignited their transition attack. L.A.’s plan of trapping Doncic to get the ball out of his hands worked to perfection, and the size of both Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond proved to be suffocating.


The Mavericks were able to knock down consecutive threes near the end of the quarter, but the Lakers went into the half ahead 58-46.


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L.A. came out of the second half gates solid on both ends of the floor before Dallas’ offense found its rhythm moving the ball side to side. Anthony Davis looked like he hurt his left calf as he grabbed at it after a rebound, but remained in the game.

The Lakers offered little resistance to the Mavericks as the latter made a 15-6 run to get back within single digits. Tim Hardaway Jr. nailed a three on the final possession of the third, and the two teams went into the fourth tied 79-79.

Scoring was scarce as both teams did not score for the first three minutes until Horton-Tucker knifed his way into the lane for a dunk. However, Dallas retook the lead for the first time since the first midway through the quarter as Los Angeles experienced another dry spell.

The Lakers defense had no answer for the Mavericks pick and roll, particularly containing Dwight Powell, who saw little resistance rolling to the rim for lobs and dunks. Things fell apart on both ends for L.A. down the stretch, and they would leave Dallas without a win.


Lakers News and Notes:


A Lakers 9-part documentry is on the way


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The Los Angeles Lakers have quite the storied history, from the Hall of Fame players that have donned the Purple and Gold to the seventeen NBA Championships.

The Lakers were one of the pillars of the league; they truly became the NBA’s glamor franchise when Jerry Buss bought the team back in 1979. Buss turned the Lakers into must-watch television, and his ingenuity and business savvy propelled the franchise to worldwide fame and acclaim.

The story of the Lakers franchise is one everyone should know about. In an appearance on the “All The Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Jeanie Buss revealed that a project documenting all things Lakers currently is in the works:


We are making a nine-part docuseries about the Lakers starting from when my dad bought the team in ’79 and very much people I thought enjoyed ‘The Last Dance’ so we’re give our fans what they’re hungry for… So the docuseries will tell the story, especially in the context of my dad buying the team until we won the championship last year and it all weaves together and how my dad had really hoped that there would be a day that Magic and I work together running the team. And it was Magic coming back and standing with me, beside me, that helped me make the changes that were necessary in order to get the team back to being competitive. So my dad really, he saw that.”


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A docuseries on all things Lakers would be a massive hit with the fans, especially because there are so many things that have not been extensively covered or forgotten as the years have gone by. Los Angeles has also not been one to shy away from drama or controversy, which would make for excellent viewing content.

Just the Lakers’ 2019-20 season alone is arguably worth its own series given what the team had to go through, but the upcoming docuseries Buss teased will surely be something people will have to tune in for.

HBO is also producing a Lakers limited docuseries.

Buss made sure to note that the upcoming docuseries are different from the limited series currently being developed by HBO. The show will be a dramatization of the 1980’s Showtime Lakers, drawing inspiration from Jeff Pearlman’s book, “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980’s”.

No one from the Buss family will be involved in the making of that series, however, while they are all involved in the docuseries.


The Lakers remain Dallas to take on the Mavericks Saturay evening. Tip-off is at 5:30 pm and the game can be seen on ABC and on Spectrum SportsNet.

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