Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers look to have recovered from their nine-game absence as they'll be gunning for a third straight win after taking down the Kings by 99-86 on Tuesday.
Earlier in the campaign, president of the Lakers operations, Magic Johnson, called for a "shot doctor" to work with the team's shooting woes. Eisen asked ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Friday why the Lakers haven't publicly endorsed Luke Walton after LaVar Ball said he had no control over the team.
Walton was hired as the Lakers' head coach after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors. Walton wants him to be just as willing to pass when driving down the lane now that Randle is becoming a more regular presence in the starting lineup. I would usually be all over the Spurs in this matchup, but I actually think this a good spot for the Lakers to get the cover at home while the Spurs are so shorthanded. "There is no doubt that they support me".
"Big shoes to fill", said Worthy, now a Lakers analyst for Spectrum SportsNet.
A Lot of road games ahead for this young Lakers team.
Los Angeles started the second quarter with a 20-3 run in five regulated minutes.
With his team leading 104-101, Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead they preserved to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games. Now averaging career-highs in all key stats, Ingram has become a core player for the Lakers.
If LaVar doesn't deserve the respect they have shown him, there's no embarrassing or intimidating him, either, when all he has to do in reply is talk into a live microphone.
Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball also boasted about his teammate's scoring ability as the focal point of the offense. It's telling that the likes of Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich, among others, can't stop singing Walton's praises.
As much as the Razorbacks have struggled offensively, their recent defensive woes have been almost as bad. They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage, and really understand the game. Now attempting less than two three-pointers a game, Ingram must improve in that area if he is to become a true scoring threat in the National Basketball Association.