Kyle Kuzma speaks out on hitting game-winner vs. Nuggets
Los Angeles Lakers third-year forward Kyle Kuzma came up huge in Monday’s win against the Denver Nuggets. In just his second start in Orlando, the 25 year-old tallied a total of 25 points in 33 minutes of play and knocked down a game-winning three to give the Lakers their third win in seven games in the bubble.
When Kuzma was asked post-game about his willingness to take big shots, his answer was pretty straightforward.
“I think Jesus could be in front of me, and I would probably still shoot.” Kuzma said (per Taylor Rooks on Twitter).
“I think Jesus could be in front of me, and I would probably still shoot.”
– Kyle Kuzma, postgame pic.twitter.com/nfxiZ9hrR3
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 11, 2020
Shoot your shot, Kuz.
So far this season, Kuzma has been a mainstay as the Lakers’ main option off the bench. Tonight’s start was only his eighth in the 60 games total he’s played for LA this season. The Michigan-native has slowly settled in his role as a sixth man with head coach Frank Vogel giving him the opportunity from time to time to finish games. Tonight, the Lakers head coach was confident enough to draw a play to free up Kuzma on the right wing for an open game-winning three.
Monday’s performance by Kyle Kuzma should definitely make Vogel rethink his rotation a bit and probably stick to starting with Kuzma to give the Lakers a bit more scoring punch. The Lakers offense has struggled in the bubble which has been one of the main reasons they’re sitting on a lowly 3-4 standing in Orlando.
The Lakers have one last game on Thursday against the Sacramento Kings before heading to the post-season. Hopefully, Kuzma’s divine shooting will be available again for the Purple and Gold.