Dallas – Los Angeles Lakers Rookie Contradictions Austin Reeves Aside from being in the NBA uniform on Wednesday night, it was astronomical to rely on Mavericks 107-104 to win the tie 3 from extra time on the court.
All 30 teams passed him on draft night, and the two-way contract he signed with LA only became a full-fledged roster spot after the Lockers suffered injuries during training camp.
Although he has the confidence of coach Frank Vogel this season, the main reason Reeves recorded 90 minutes in the fourth quarter on Wednesday was that LA had no choice. Over the past 48 hours, the team has been reduced from the ranks of players and staff who have entered the league’s health and safety protocols.
When Reeves received the pass Russell Westbrook Let the extra session fly from left to right for 1.0 seconds, however, the environment was irrelevant. He was a basketball player and did what he did until he played the game.
“I mean, this is basically the story of my life,” Reeves later said. “I’m always been underestimated. I do not go to big high school, so I do not get much work done, but at the end of the day, you have to show up at the basketball court. I have to hit that shot. It’s very special that my teammates have faith in me to take that shot.”
The shot gave the Reeves 15 points per game, set a new career in scoring, and became the fifth record holder to score 3-pointers in six attempts. This prompted his team to gang up on a 23-year-old from Arkansas near Midcourt after Dallas, the Future Hall of Famers and all the stars in them. Reggie Bullock Could not turn off his frustration 3 before the final buzzer.
Anthony Davis Place the reeves on a headlock. Westbrook combed his hair. When the team returned to the locker room, LeBron James The game ball was given to him, and Diandre Jordan He hid behind Reeves who poured a bucket of ice water on Rookie to celebrate.
When Reeves was asked “the true nature of comrades,” he said what was in that moment. “Especially you don’t see much of the type of guys we have on this team – the six Hall of Famers and then all the guys who have been in the league for 10-12 years. So, really, it’s just special.
“I’m lost the words. I mean, I ‘ve grown up watching them all play, so for them … it’s even special that I’m teaming up with them.”
It was a complete revelation for the Lakers, who have not felt great about this season. The positive Govt-19 tests that hit the team this week – are generating Dwight Howard, Dylan Horton-Tucker And Malik monk, As well as assistant coach Bill Handy and play-by-play broadcaster Bill McDonald are not available – only applicable to that trend.
But with a flick of the wrist, Reeves revived some momentum for the Lakers, who have won six of their last eight games.
“It just didn’t happen the way everyone expected it to,” James Lockers said of the season, now 16-13 and No. 6 in the West. We want to continue our habits, we need to continue to do what we have to do.Every night is better.Therefore, we are a team.We have a lot of injuries, a lot of mixed sequences.Odly guys in ethics and wrong ethics, things of that nature.
“So, we’re a team now, we like where we are.”
When James hit the Maws 3 shortly before his big-time shot, James picked up the same matter-of-fact tone that Reeves did when he was asked what James Lighting did in a timeout.
“The debate is whether I messed up on security,” Reeves said of the intense conversation. “I did not see the shooter, or whatever, he shot. But, I mean, it’s basketball. The other team is trying to achieve something. So, things go wrong, things go right, but I do not want to. I do not think so. I try to be consistent in everything, regardless of how I play with the player. I think it’s very similar in nature and my mood. High, never too low. “
If there was one high point so far this Lakers season, it was their performance in times of crisis. The Reeves shot pushed their record to 5-1 in extra time.
“Throughout the year there will be ups and downs, but eventually, when the game is in line, there are guys in the locker room who can play at the end of the game,” Westbrook said. “Looking to the left and to the right, it’s a good feeling to know that guys can close and finish games when we need to.”