Western Notes: Patterson, Lakers, KP, Lonzo

In his second year with the Clippers, reserve power forward Patrick Patterson is impressing his Los Angeles teammates and coaches with his preparation, according to Mirjam Swanson of the Orange County Register.

“Coming in every single day and getting (his) work in, condition-wise, shots, always putting in the extra time,” Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said of Patterson’s prep work, despite a limited on-court rule thus far. “Pat Pat has been doing a good job of playing five-on-five with the young guys, and just keeping his flow.”

There’s more out of the Western Conference:

  • Complacency may be the toughest adversary the reigning champion Lakers confront during the 2020/21 season, says Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register. Though the defensive-oriented champs have lost two games they led entering the fourth quarter this season after not dropping a single such game during 2019/20, their offensive output has improved notably, Goon opines.
  • Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis has been trending upward since his return to game action, according to Dwain Price of Mavs.com.
  • Fourth-year Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball has struggled to fit in on the hardwood during his second season with New Orleans, writes Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer. After failing to agree to terms on an extension by the deadline this season, Ball will be a restricted free agent this summer. Though he’s a savvy player and good defender, Ball’s jump shooting (just 38.7% from the floor) has limited his efficacy this season.
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14 thoughts on “Western Notes: Patterson, Lakers, KP, Lonzo

  1. “Though a savvy player and good defender, Ball’s jump shooting (just 38.7% from the floor) has limited his efficacy this season.”

    His career % is 38.9%. He’s not “struggling” or unable to fit in, this is just who he is.

    • bigguccisosa300

      Also a 49% career FT shooter

      Not exactly indicative of future success lol

      • KnickerbockerAl

        FT% is a big indicator if he can improve as shooter. Not a good sign considering this is his 4th yr. Always liked him. Thought he had potential to be a a good PG also very good 2way player. Still young I guess.

  2. I remember Phil saying KP ‘might be too tall for basketball’. There’s some truth to this – his centre of gravity is so high he gets pushed over about three times a game. He’s definitely been more aggressive.
    I feel like Dallas’ coaching staff need to tell KP and Marjanovic to be bullies – they’re always the tallest on the court – DUNK EVERYTHING!

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    KP needs to add weight and strength. You’re absolutely right. This way he can handle that better. Needs to get his center of gravity lower. Also playing center protects him more. Can’t be running around on perimeter. Get a Big PF who’s strength is D and reb. He will protect KPs back. He’s never going to be most physical. So you need a physical guy next to him. He can play C by positioning. Doesn’t have to block everything. He’s a legit scorer. But you have to protect him on D. Even play more zone with him. He’s listed 7’3” in sneakers 240 LBs. He should be no less than 265 LBs. You look at McGee he’s long an athletic. He’s at 270 LBs. KP doesn’t have to be a great defender. But has to be able to stay on floor 30 mins plus. Like I said he should be 265 plus. He will not last this way. People go crazy over a few great gms. Tell me when he plays 30-34 mins for yrs.

    Patterson was drafted by Rockets. He had good yrs. Then left, he really got no playing time after that. Don’t really know what happened.

    • You’re right, I’d say we would be shocked to see how slight KP is in real life.
      I’m 6’5″ 240 and am a pretty average athletic build.

  4. formerlyz

    I’m not much of a fan of the backcourt pairing of ball and bledsoe. They should separate them

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