LeBron James' age, Anthony Davis' inconsistency and Austin Reaves' inability to live up to preseason hype cast some doubt on this team's ability to get back to the Western Conference Finals. In the semifinals of the NBA's inaugural In-Season Tournament in Las Vegas, the older Lakers looked dramatically more spry than New Orleans.
The Phoenix Suns took a 106-103 In-Season Tournament loss at Los Angeles Lakers after a debatable timeout was granted to L.A. in closing seconds.
For the third time this season, the Lakers and Suns battled out a close game that, for the third time this season, saw the Lakers come out ahead. Offensively, it was a tough game for Reddish, which was indicative of the night as a whole for the Lakers. The team having a number of wings they can throw at players is a luxury they've basically never been afforded in the LeBron era, so it's a welcome sight. Booker never got into rhythm and while Jarred Vanderbilt had a big role in that, it was Reddish who played twice as many minutes.