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Frank Vogel outlines takeaways from Lakers’ first preseason game

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The Los Angeles Lakers played the Brooklyn Nets in the first preseason game of the calendar year, but it resulted in a 123-97 loss.

Los Angeles stayed close for the first three quarters as it trailed 84-81 entering the fourth, but the Nets’ deeper reserves were too much for L.A.’s youngsters to handle.

The injury report for both teams also affected the game’s outcome. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza didn’t play for L.A. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden didn’t play for the Nets.

Anthony Davis, however, played 11 first-quarter minutes.

That allowed more minutes for players battling for a rotation spot, which revealed positives and negatives.

Head coach Frank Vogel outlined those after the game, including what he saw from the big men.

“There were a million little details that we talk about every day, and, as expected, some were good, some were not,” Vogel said. “But I think we played with pretty good pace. I liked the rim protection of DeAndre (Jordan) and Dwight (Howard) and AD. When they were out there, I think having that type of length is going to be really beneficial to our defense this year.”

Vogel continued about what went wrong on the other end.

“I just think we forced a little bit offensively,” Vogel said. “We only had 17 assists, so we didn’t play with the pass enough, but overall some pretty good things.”

Talen Horton-Tucker and Kent Bazemore each had three assists to lead the team, but given the absence of James and Westbrook, the two key ball-handlers, it made sense the numbers weren’t the greatest right away.

The team has 11 new faces, so players need to adjust to playing with each other and develop chemistry on both ends quickly.

L.A.’s second preseason game is Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. PT against the Phoenix Suns.