Kuzma turned in 20 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt), nine rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a steal across 34 minutes in Saturday's 111-88 win over the Grizzlies. It's a small sample size, but Kuzma's superb numbers over the past two games go a long way towards eliminating any doubt about his increased value in Brandon Ingram's (ankle) absence. After absorbing Ingram's output in a 27-point effort on Friday, he followed up with a full stat line in the decisive win over Memphis. While he's an apt contributor with a typical game script, he should be considered a chalk play in all formats as long as Ingram is sidelined.
Kuzma finished with 27 points (12-22 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during Friday's 133-120 loss to the Spurs. Kuzma dropped 27 points in Friday's loss to the Spurs, his highest points total since the third game of the season. He has now scored in double-digits in seven consecutive games and is flourishing next to LeBron James. There were some questions coming into the season around the fit of the new look Lakers team but Kuzma has managed to expand on his impressive rookie season and should be rostered everywhere.
Kuzma netted 22 points (7-19 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine rebounds and five assists across 39 minutes in the Lakers' 121-113 win over the Spurs on Wednesday. Kuzma was an ideal complement to the efforts of LeBron James, who led the Lakers with 42 points. Kuzma's contributions helped make up for the in-game loss of Brandon Ingram after the latter exited early with an ankle issue. The 23-year-old has opened December with a pair of 20-point efforts, and he's been even more impressive on the boards of late -- factoring in Wednesday's production, Kuzma has hauled in between eight and 12 rebounds over his last four contests.
Kuzma scored a game-high 23 points (8-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes during Sunday's 120-96 win over the Suns. The second-year forward was headed for a much bigger afternoon, but the Lakers elected to rest their starters in the fourth quarter of the rout. After slumping in mid-November, Kuzma is finding his groove again, scoring more than 20 points in three of his last five games while averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 boards, 3.8 assists and 2.0 three-pointers over that stretch.
Kuzma posted 15 points (4-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-7 FT), 12 rebounds and six assists across 37 minutes in Friday's 114-103 win over the Mavericks. Kuzma's been on a roll over the past four games, averaging a solid 17 points and four rebounds per game over that span. Brandon Ingram has been the bigger playmaker at the off-guard slot, but the Lakers are better off with both of them in the starting five as opposed to the bench tole Kuzma had to begin the season.
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