Lakers coach Luke Walton praises guard Josh Hart, says he makes ‘winning plays’

first_img“He was making winning plays all over the court,” Walton said about Hart’s performance against Phoenix. “I thought it was directly related to how he played: Fighting over screens, tagging on the weak side, getting a steal when they were hurting us early in the game with those rolls to the rim, making the extra pass.“Everything we always preach about, he was doing those things, and he knocked down a couple shots, too.” Related News Lakers monitor LeBron James’ minutes to prevent ‘Cleveland all over again’ Lonzo Ball not aware of his greatness, LeBron James says The second-year player out of Villanova has averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game this season. He has shot 45.7 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range.The Lakers will host the Spurs on Wednesday. They’ll carry a 14-9 record into that matchup.center_img Hart finished the win with six points and two assists in 18 minutes on the floor. Walton said scoring is “not what’s most important” for Hart.“What’s most important is winning plays and winning games,” Walton said. “I’m sure everybody wants to score but he sure seems — lately he’s just been out there having fun, playing for the joy of trying to win. He’s put together a couple really nice games in a row for us.” Luke Walton believes Josh Hart is a difference-maker for the Lakers.The 23-year-old guard has posted inconsistent offensive numbers for Los Angeles this season. But, Walton, the third-year Lakers coach, said Hart impacts the game in ways that don’t appear on the stat sheet after his team’s 120-96 win over the Suns on Sunday.last_img read more

Ray Parks returns, Alab Pilipinas extends win streak to 6

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Kyrie Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in thriller FILE – Photo from ABLMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks returned and Alab Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 111-87 whipping of Saigon Heat in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.Parks, the reigning two-time Local MVP, collected 23 points and seven assists in his first game back after missing three games due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 25-year-old Parks had an efficient shooting night, going 8-of 12 from the field. The 6-foot-4 guard also became the 16th player in the ABL to reach 1000 career points.Reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos were dominant anew as both combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds to lead Alab, which stretched its winning run to six games and hiked its league-best record to 12-2, including 10-0 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRamos had 30 points and 18 rebounds while Balkman had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.Alab raced to an early double-digit lead before closing out the Heat (10-7) with an 11-3 blast at the midway mark of the fourth quarter. View commentslast_img read more