Anthony Davis heaps praise on Kyle Kuzma for big game vs. Blazers
Anthony Davis: “@kylekuzma has been playing out of his mind since he’s been back.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 29, 2019
Kuzma helped the Lakers snap a season-worse four-game losing streak, top-scoring for the Purple and Gold with 24 points to go with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes off the bench.
LeBron James, who entered Saturday night’s contest with a questionable tag due a groin injury, finished with 21 points and 16 assists, while AD contributed 20 markers, nine boards, and five dimes.
Kuzma’s performance comes on the heels of arguably his best individual game of the season in a heartbreaking Christmas Day loss to the L.A. Clippers. The third-year forward dropped a season-high 25 points and four triples on 8-of-17 shooting in the defeat.
Through three games since his return from an ankle injury earlier this month, the Lakers forward appears to be getting his rhythm back with averages of 21.7 points and 2.7 threes on 49 percent field goal shooting.
Kuzma has been struggling throughout the season with all the major moves the Lakers made in the off-season, most notably the acquisition of Anthony Davis. There’s no question that Davis’ arrival has had an impact on his game, as he has had to adjust to a new role with the two-way superstar in town.
Prior to tonight, Kuzma came in with averages of 11.9 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting just 43.8 percent from the field, all career-lows so far. Nevertheless, despite the down year, the Lakers have made it known that Kuzma is a huge part of their plan, considering that they kept him out of any deal for Davis in the summer.
Kuzma is still just 24 years old. It’s understandable that he might have needed some time to adjust a lesser role, especially after being accustomed to having more touches in his first two seasons.
Fortunately for the Lakers, it appears like the third-year forward is finally regaining his form.