Lakers teammate talked to Lonzo Ball about walking away from fight

19 November, 2017, 02:44 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker left shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday Nov. 17 2017 in Los Angeles

After a thrilling game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers will be attempting to get back in the win column against the Phoenix Suns.

Ball said after the game that he didn't want to pick up a technical foul.

On Friday, the latest installment in a series of near-brawls came with 3:17 left in a 122-113 Suns win.

That's because Ball, the Lakers' often-criticized rookie point guard, walked right past the entire situation, opting to watch from afar.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker left and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope compete for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday Nov. 17 2017 in Los Angeles

Coming into Friday night, the Suns are really struggling, as they have lost seven of their last eight games. Ulis and Caldwell-Pope started shoving and the well-rehearsed choreography began again.

Years of jostling for lottery position turned into real-life jostling. Suns rookie Josh Jackson stormed into the fray a few seconds later. Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds against the Lakers.

Kuzma was one of two Lakers with a double-double. Kyle Kuzma has 263 points in 505 minutes.

Kuzma missed all six of his shots in the first half, but came out of halftime energized.

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Booker led the Suns with 33 points on 13-of-27 shooting. He also added five steals.

Lakers coach Luke Walton surmised earlier this week that Ball has been impacted by the arrest of his younger brother LiAngelo and two teammates for shoplifting earlier this month during a trip to China with the UCLA hoops team.

"We know that it's a long season", Walton said before the game, "and there's ups and downs throughout that season".

"If we keep going out there playing hard together, keep building that chemistry ..."

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Truth be told, Ball and the Lakers have bigger things to worry about. His third quarter lob to Lopez for a two-handed dunk was perhaps the play of the night.

The Suns (6-11) will play host to the Bulls (3-10) in the first of two meetings between the teams in 10 days. However, the Nuggets have found some form and they'll be full of confidence after pouring in 146 points on Friday, so I'll be taking them to get the win and cover on the road.

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