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Luke Walton credits Corey Brewer for setting the tone in first win

Corey Brewer

While many gave a lot of credit to Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram’s solid play on Friday against the Phoenix Suns, and considered it as the biggest reasons why the Los Angeles Lakers won their first game of the season, Luke Walton thinks another player set the tone for them on the night.

Despite his stat line being inferior to what his two teammates produced, Corey Brewer received a lot of praise from his head coach for the way he played defense. He also said, via Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, that he gave the team a lot of energy, which rubbed off on his teammates.

The 31-year-old Florida product finished with five points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals, and played with a lot of hustle, by battling for loose balls throughout the game. Brewer saw 33 minutes of action, and is expected to continue being a fixture in the Lakers’ rotation this year, for how he forces steals, and giving them extra possessions.

The Lakers are now 1-1 on the season, and will look to own a winning record on Sunday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. Even with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope set to debut for the team soon, Brewer could still receive a lot of minutes if he once again plays on a high level in the next game, and proves that he could make a difference for them whenever he’s on the court.