Join the Lakers at the buzzer!Win the trust of James Vogel, fearless Clay, your position is secure


The lakers fell to 26-31 after a disappointing loss to the Golden State Warriors, leaving them five games below.500 and their next game against the Utah Jazz.For such turmoil of the lakers, they all offseason do seem to be a failure, Russell – starting, brooke, from trading to provide holden – tucker contract of tens of millions of annual salary, then let the team all frontline defense resources, formed a set of given priority to with shooting ability cast of characters, most of the lakers management decision is considered wrong.Join the Lakers at the buzzer!Win the trust of James Vogel, fearless Clay, your position is secure.The lakers did the right thing before training camp, however, by turning the contract of undrafted Austin Rivers into a permanent one, giving him a two-year deal at the last minute before the season began.Although only $100, 000 is guaranteed in the first year, the lakers still have Rivers, and in lebron James’ opinion, the team’s acquisition of rivers is a treasure.Against the Warriors, Klay Thompson surprised everyone. He scored 16 points in the final quarter and hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the clutch to become the key to the Warriors’ victory. The player guarding Klay was Rivers.There must be some people who think that Rivers’ defensive performance is a disaster, that he can’t do anything about klay’s scoring spree.But to be honest, once Klay found his feet, he took a couple of shots that were either a step or two from the 3-point line or forced by a defender, the kind of shot that, when not fouled, you just hope he doesn’t make because Klay has proven himself in so many big situations.Rivers put some pressure on the warriors offensively, going 5-for-5 from the field, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range for 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. His highlight of the game came when he hit klay’s big nail-board shot early in the fourth quarter.Fans may have a number on how bad the lakers have been defensively this season, but Rivers hasn’t been as bad as the rest of the lakers.Although he averaged just 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game, averaging just one in three games, the lakers’ defensive rating was 104.4 when Rivers was on the floor, and his defensive rating was once among the top 30 in the league.It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but you can get a sense of how good rivers is defensively when you mention that he leads the lakers in individual defensive efficiency and Anthony Davis is second in the league in defensive efficiency, just outside the 120th percentile.He’s another player in the league who can’t be judged by numbers.In one of the lakers’ behind-the-scenes notes, a video of reeves guarding thunder star Shay Alexander, who is averaging 22.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists this season, was released on the big screen.Coach Vogel asked everyone in the room, does the ball need an assist or a double team they’re used to?Rivers, who sat in the corner, was very quiet and did not speak.James was the first to say, “No need, AR [Austin Rivers] can handle it.”Trevor Ariza, another veteran forward, also said Rivers could have defended Alexander alone.Not only do James and others trust Rivers’ defense, but Coach Vogel also loves Rivers, somewhat reminiscent of Vogel’s love for Alex Caruso.Vogel didn’t hesitate to pick a player to guard Kris Middleton against the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, and Rivers was his first choice.Rivers (6-foot-6) and Middleton (2-foot-1) were hardly physical players, but Middleton was limited to 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 30.0 percent from 3-point range.Rivers did what Vogel asked him to do with his head and hustle, and Middleton’s field goal percentage was the lowest of any Bucks player in that game.Matching up with opposing perimeter shooters, once the job of Caruso and Pope, has fallen to rivers, a rookie, this season to guard small but agile guards as well as tall guards known for their shooting abilities.You could see rivers walking into the locker room with the scars of a 10-year veteran, but when his number was called, he kept going.With the lakers signing a bunch of one-year deals, they can count on rivers signing a two-year deal, though his contract is not guaranteed for next season, and fans know he’s the most secure player on the roster.

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