Lakers coach Luke Walton on Lance Stephenson’s flashy crossover: ‘I was just happy he scored’
Los Angeles Lakers swingman Lance Stephenson sent throes of the NBA internet into a frenzy during Tuesday’s win over the Washington Wizards, with a dazzling array of moves that sent Jeff Green sprawling during the first half (even though Stephenson did in fact step on Green’s foot, to surely aid the tumble). But Lakers head coach Luke Walton unsurprisingly wasn’t going to pander to one move, giving his thoughts to ClutchPoints’ Ryan Ward after the game:
“I was just happy we scored. I know all the players enjoy that, but it’s one bucket and get back on defense … I was more impressed with his 10 rebounds than that play.”
Stephenson did fill up the box score across his 25 minutes Tuesday, collecting seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He shot 3-for-7 from the field, with one of the makes being that jumper that shook Green.
The 10 boards were a new season high for Stephenson, who had six such performances as a member of the Indiana Pacers last year. In his first season as a member of the Lakers, Stephenson has taken on a reserve role for all 63 games he has appeared in, averaging 15.9 minutes per contest, his lowest mark since the 2011-12 campaign.
Now back from a sprained toe that cost him nearly three weeks of action, Stephenson is looking to close out the season on a high note, in hopes of securing himself a roster spot for the 2019-20 year. The Lakers are sure to have some level of overhaul once the season concludes, but Stephenson’s handles Tuesday are sure to make the highlight package for the year.