Kuzma scored 11 points (3-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and collected 13 rebounds across 22 minutes in a win versus New Orleans on Friday.
Kuzma struggled with his shot from inside the arc, converting three of four tries from deep but missing all six of his two-point attempts. However, the fourth-year forward came up big on the boards, grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds in only 22 minutes. Kuzma's output is slightly down the season, as he is thus far posting per-game averages of 10.6 points and 5.1 boards in 24.8 minutes.
Kuzma posted 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds and an assist across 27 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.
Kuzma only trailed Anthony Davis and LeBron James in minutes played despite coming off the bench, and he responded to the coaching staff's trust with his second double-double of the season -- both have come across his last four appearances. Kuzma has also scored 10 or more points in three games during that span, and he has been productive, albeit inconsistent, as one of the first players off the bench on a regular basis in a star-studded Lakers roster.
Kuzma isn't starting Friday's game against the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
Kuzma had started each of the last three games for the Lakers and posted a double-double in Thursday's loss to the Spurs. However, he'll come off the bench Friday with Markieff Morris stepping into the starting five.
Kuzma had 13 points (6-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt) and 10 rebounds in a loss to San Antonio on Thursday.
Kuzma's stat line was unsurprisingly shot-heavy though his inefficiency was quite visible. He made up for it with rebounds, marking his first 10-rebound game since March 8. It could perhaps be attributed to the absence of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle), whose injury has allowed Kuzma to start and average 6.0 more minutes of playing time.
Kuzma is expected to start Thursday's game against the Spurs with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) sidelined again, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Kuzma will draw his third straight start in Caldwell-Pope's stead. In his previous two starts, Kuzma averaged eight points, five rebounds and one block across 30 minutes.
Kuzma will start Tuesday's game at Memphis, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
The 25-year-old will receive his second straight start with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) again sidelined. Kuzma is averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists over 29.5 minutes in his two previous starts this season.
Kuzma will start Sunday's game against the Grizzlies, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
The 25-year-old will enter the starting five Sunday with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) unavailable Sunday. Kuzma had 20 points (8-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 29 minutes during his previous start this season.
Kuzma had 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in a 109-103 win over the Spurs on Friday.
Kuzma entered Friday's matchup having scored only six points in both of his past two games. He improved against San Antonio and will have a better chance to upgrade his scoring numbers over the next few days. The Lakers face a two-game set at Memphis, whose inexperience and player injuries lie in Kuzma's favor.
Kuzma scored 20 points (8-12 FG, 4-6 3 PT) to go with three rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and a turnover in 29 minutes of Sunday's 127-91 win over Minnesota.
Kuzma drew the start with Anthony Davis out and responded by netting a team-high 20 points. The forward was efficient shooting the rock and added in a team-high three blocks in a team-high 29 minutes. Kuzma showed he can play well taking on a bigger role when Davis needs a rest and is off to a great start this season for LA.
Kuzma will get the start in place of Anthony Davis (calf) on Sunday against Minnesota, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
With Davis sidelined, Kuzma will move into the lineup at power forward, while Marc Gasol starts at center and LeBron James gets the nod at the three. Kuzma is off to a strong start to the season, and he's coming off of a 28-point, eight-rebound, five-assist, two-steal effort in Friday's win over Dallas.
Kuzma will come off the bench during Tuesday's opener against the Clippers, Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation reports.
Dennis Schroder will get the nod, as will Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol. Even though he's not starting, Kuzma could still see minutes in the high-20s.
Kuzma signed a three-year, $40 million extension with the Lakers on Sunday, which includes a player option for the third season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 25-year-old will begin the season with some finacial security after helping the Lakers win the NBA Finals earlier this year. Kuzma averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.0 minutes over 61 games during the 2019-20 campaign, and he should be an important piece off the bench again for Los Angeles this season.
Kuzma had 23 points (8-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds and two assists in a 112-107 preseason win against Phoenix on Wednesday.
Even with LeBron James and Anthony Davis returning to start, their limited minutes allowed Kuzma another chance to lead Los Angeles in Wednesday's victory. The 25-year-old has taken advantage of their absences with an average of 22.0 points and a 47.6 three-point shot percentage through three games.
Kuzma will start Wednesday's preseason game against the Suns, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hip) is unavailable Wednesday, so Kuzma will join the starting five for Los Angeles. The 25-year-old has totaled 43 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in 78 minutes through the first two preseason contests.
Kuzma delivered 25 points (8-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-8 FT), six rebounds, four assists and a block across 40 minutes during Sunday's 131-106 win over the Clippers.
Kuzma was one of two Lakers that reached the 25-point plateau, as Talen Horton-Tucker paced the team with 33 points (11-17 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 7-9 FT). Kuzma will probably be one of the team's biggest bench threats and, while that limits his upside, he's more than capable of delivering strong scoring performances. He scored 15 or more points in 28 games last season.
Kuzma registered 18 points (5-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-9 FT), five assists and two rebounds across 38 minutes during Friday's 87-81 win over the Clippers.
Kuzma took advantage of the fact that players such as LeBron James, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were all out due to rest, and he made his presence felt on the offensive end of the court. Kuzma is not expected to be a starter once the regular season begins but he might be a useful player in fantasy due to his ability to score against any given opponent. His role and usage will ultimately determine his upside, but the talent is clearly there -- even if he's been inconsistent throughout most of his NBA career.
Kuzma had 19 points (6-13 FG, 5-11 3PT, 2-3 FT) and three rebounds in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Heat.
It was a typical up-and-down game for Kuzma, but he showed well on the offensive end, hitting four threes against the Heat's zone defense. Kuzma's 19 points set a new playoff career high, and his four made threes were his most in any game since Game 4 against Portland on Aug. 24.
Kuzma totaled 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt), one assist and one steal in 19 minutes during Thursday's 114-108 victory over Denver.
Kuzma continues to underwhelm on both ends of the floor with what can only be described as another mediocre performance. Across his 15 playoff games, Kuzma has scored in excess of 15 points only twice, adding a combined 13 assists, five steals and five blocks. Apart from doing his best Doug McDermott impersonation, Kuzma is giving us no reason to think he will be a reliable fantasy asset anytime soon.
Kuzma notched 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds, a steal and a block in 21 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.
Kuzma was coming off back-to-back eight-point performances and, even though a 13-point outing doesn't scream massive improvement, he did take a step forward in terms of efficiency -- he missed just one shot all night long. The Lakers need Kuzma to become a reliable scoring threat regardless of his role and that hasn't been the case in the current playoff run, where he has scored topped the 15-point plateau just once while notching fewer than 10 points four times.
Kuzma ended with just eight points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes during Friday's 112-97 Game 1 loss to the Rockets.
Kuzma offered next to nothing in Friday's loss, highlighting the Lakers' bench struggles. With Anthony Davis and LeBron James the focus of basically the entire Rockets defense, Kuzma needs to be doing more if the Lakers are to proceed, especially on the offensive end.
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