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Warriors Have High Praise for Lakers Young Core After Close Game

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The Lakers-Warriors game on 29 November 2017 is the closest and most exciting game between the two teams in recent history. The fans have gotten full value for their bucks in that game that went toe-to-toe into overtime.

The defending NBA champions have nothing but lofty praise for the young core of the Lakers.

Head coach Steve Kerr gave his candid opinion on Brandon Ingram, who had a career night with 32 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. “He was getting downhill on us and getting to the rim, and he was very aggressive. They (the Lakers) got him to some spots where he could operate and he played a great game.”

Draymond Green also reaffirmed his 2016 compliments of Julius Randle. Earlier last year, Green commented “I think he can (be as good as me). He has the potential to be better than me.” This time around after the intense Lakers-Warriors match, Green repeated his positive appraisal of Julius Randle, who provided the spark in moments when it mattered for the Lakers, crediting him for accepting the bench role. He brings a lot of energy to that team. It’s kind of a theme when he’s in the game, that’s when they kind of go on their runs. He brings life to the Lakers.

Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Brook Lopez, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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Kevin Durant embraced the rising sophomore in Brandon Ingram, giving him the pat on the back. “All night he made plays, finished over the top, made the [jumpers], made good decisions. As a player playing against him, I hate to see it. But if I was watching on TV, I’d be really excited for him. You can see he’s learning and getting better. He’s growing as a player, and his teammates and coaches believe in him.”

Prior to the game, Stephen Curry proclaimed similar positive assessment of his counterpart point guard, Lonzo Ball. “I’ve always said I know he’s a great talent and i think he loves to play basketball, so he’ll be able to fight through all of that and have a great career. I hope you didn’t judge me off of my first 20 games in the league either.”

The season is still young but it sure seems like the Warriors see something special in this young Lakers team that bodes well for the future in Los Angeles.