This wasn’t the start to Austin Reeves’ season that one imagined.
The young, talented Los Angeles Lakers guard was supposed to be the third member of the team’s big three, alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but has yet to show.
Especially in Sunday night’s 132-127 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings at Golden One Center.
Despite the heroic efforts of Davis and James at the last moment, Reeves had almost no performance for the Lakers throughout the game. He made 1 of 12 shots from the field, 1 of 8 three-pointers, and only scored 5 points. . scope.
The 25-year-old player also did not show much all-around talent. He only had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 3 turnovers in 28 minutes of playing time. He was even replaced by Gabe Vincent after Los Angeles successfully forced overtime.
If the Lakers want to remain competitive in the Western Conference, Reeves really needs to fit into their 3 role, especially on offense.
Los Angeles’ other starters had a productive night, combining for 94 points. More play from Reeves might be enough to push them over the edge in Sacramento.
Instead, Lakers fans lashed out at Reeves and questioned whether he was ready to take on the role.
Reeves and the Lakers will try to rebound Monday night at crypto.com Arena against a young and talented Orlando Magic, a team that won its first two games to start the season.