Pacific Notes: Bridges, Ramsey, Lakers, Kings

Suns forward Mikal Bridges discussed a variety of topics with Spencer Davies of BasketballNews.com, including the early buzz for Most Improved Player, playing with Chris Paul and his relationship with Deandre Ayton.

Bridges, a 24-year-old defensive-minded player, has improved his offensive game and starts alongside Jae Crowder and Ayton in Phoenix’s frontcourt. He scored a career-high 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including 6-of-8 from deep) in the team’s game against Indiana a week ago, averaging 15.1 points per contest in 11 games so far this season.

“I was just hoopin’, man,” Bridges said of his performance. “Just playing basketball. Reading things, being aggressive, taking shots when I’m open. The Pacers do a lot of things out there, so still keying in on the other end, but just being more aggressive and taking the shots where I thought I could be aggressive.”

Phoenix has opened the season with a 7-3 record. The team’s last three games have been postponed because it didn’t have the required minimum of eight players available due to health and safety protocols, as noted in our new 2020/21 NBA Game Postponement Tracker.

Here are some other notes from the Pacific Division today:

  • Kings guard Jahmi’us Ramsey will be re-evaluated in 2-to-3 weeks after undergoing an MRI that confirmed a left groin strain, the team announced. Ramsey, the No. 43 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has only appeared in four games this season.
  • The Lakers have made the most of their somewhat limited time together, building their chemistry on the court to start the season, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register writes. COVID-19 has restricted teams this season, but at 11-3 (and five straight wins), the Lakers look to be maximizing their situation so far. “I think it’s all about having fun and being happy with your job,” Dennis Schroder said. “So I think everybody when they wake up, they like to come to work and I think that’s pretty important for us and I’ll always be on the sidelines and just talking and trying to get everybody engaged.”
  • De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton will likely be the only Kings players untouchable in trade talks this season, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee writes. Fox, 23, is coming off a season where he averaged 21.1 points and 6.8 assists per game, while Haliburton, 20, was drafted by the team No. 12 overall last fall.
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8 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Bridges, Ramsey, Lakers, Kings

  1. cwr_12

    Bridges should definitely be in the conversation of winning most improved player

  2. Sillivan

    Id like to see Kings trade Bagley iii to
    Raptors for Powell
    Mavs for Powell
    Wolves for Powell

    Salary filler if needed

    I just want to get rid of pain and I like Powell

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    This season is weird. Seems like this virus and protocols is going to affect this whole season. Lakers are riding this well and are consistent.

  4. siggers84

    Yeah definitely keep Haliburton and Fox. Bjelica is better then Bagley. Trade Bagley, Barnes and Hield. Kings need to look for players who can defend.

    • formerlyz

      you would think Woodard would see some minutes defensively at the 4/3 spots

    • kingsforever 2

      Belly don’t better than bagley. Finishing, athletic and rebounding is a good Bagley skill set. Bellys defense as terrible as bagley.

      And bagleys 3 point shooting is in this Saison good too.

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