Popovich defends Laker's Walton in wake of Ball's criticism

Popovich defends Laker's Walton in wake of Ball's criticism

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

They had a 35-8 edge on the break this time, and Ball's 11 assists were his most since the rookie sustained a shoulder injury that sidelined him for six games.

Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Ball added 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings 99-86 on Tuesday night. Much of his offensive action came from various spots on the floor with much of his scoring coming from the mid-range off high pick-and-roll action and along the baseline.

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The Lakers beat Popovich's Spurs 93-81 on Thursday night thanks to an intense defensive effort in the second half which didn't suggest a team quitting on its coach.

The comments stirring controversy regarding LaVar Ball's thoughts about Lakers head coach Luke Walton may not have been a random shot for attention.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said it has been hard finding the right combinations with so many key players out. "There's some people that are straight scorers, [and] Brandon is not one of them".

"As a player he wasn't the best athlete in the world, but those are the guys that sometimes understand the game better, it comes a little tougher. They don't want to play for him". That's what happens when you make everything about you.

"They made the last run and just kind of sustained it", Fox said. "Just trying to be aggressive on every single play".

"He pretty much is the offense", Ball said. What coach got fired this year and LeBron tweeted about him? "He scores pretty easily and that is his game". He was playing his eighth game of the season against the Suns, and finished with 21 points, four steals and three blocks. As a team, the Spurs shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 61-44 to run away with the game after a slow first half.

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