Purple & Bold: Lakers’ (new) Splash Bros.: JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 8 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Exhale.Good news came from the Lakers’ camp Wednesday morning, when the team sent word that an MRI revealed that Anthony Davis’ scary fall Tuesday night resulted in a gluteus maximus contusion — plenty uncomfortable, surely, but not as serious or significant as everyone who saw the play feared.Davis officially is listed as questionable for Friday’s game at Dallas — about which Kyle Goon will have more shortly. Stay tuned for that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut know that if Davis’ injury does require he miss a game or two, or more, the Lakers are quite aware of the team effort it’ll take to fill the void he’d leave: The six-time All-Star is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season and is the primary reason behind the Lakers’ swift rise to the top of the Western Conference.Dwight Howard thinks he and his teammates will be able to hold it down.Actually, specifically, he and JaVale McGee, because “me and JaVale got to get our 3s right!,” as Howard put it.From their perspective, the two basically have blossomed into bona fide big-man bombers. Basically. Sort of.McGee banked in a 3-pointer in the Lakers’ victory Sunday over the Detroit Pistons (his second made 3, in just three attempts, this season). And for your information, no he didn’t call “bank.” It was Sunday, after all, when brick-and-mortar banks are closed: “It was online banking,” he explained.center_img On Monday, Howard stepped up in rhythm and swished an open 26-footer from beyond the top of the arc. He’s now 2 for 4 in 3-point attempts this season — to improve to 8 for 67 (11.9 percent) for his career.McGee’s career 3-point shooting numbers are similar: 4 for 30 (13.3 percent), including Tuesday’s miss from deep.Neither player had made two 3s in a season before, which might be why coach Frank Vogel isn’t exactly insisting that they keep shooting: “Yeah, that’s not something that we want.”But, Coach, they’ve been working on their outside shot! Really!“During practice, we always have our individual workouts. We get ’em up during that time,” said Howard, who also can be seen putting up long-distance shots before and after games. “I think the last one … I demolished him. But JaVale is doing an amazing job. Tonight, he went for the 3. And, I think next game, he’s going to hit another one. I’m looking forward to that.”In fact, to hear Howard tell it, he’d rather participate in an All-Star 3-point-shooting contest than the dunk contest — which, by the way, he said he knew nothing about Tuesday night, despite reports that he could participate during the forthcoming All-Star festivities in Chicago.“They should put the bigs in the 3-point shootout,” Howard said. “We got CashApp; I’m CashApp, JaVale is Google Pay, A.D. is Venmo and LeBron is IOU.“Just kidding.”Yes, they’re amusing themselves putting up faraway shots — “More 3s I shoot, the more blocks I’ll get, I’m pretty sure that’s how it works,” McGee reasoned Sunday — but they’re also serious enough about it to get away with it. To earn it, even.“Those guys are doing the dirty work, so you got to have a little leeway sometimes to have fun with the game,” Vogel said. “They both practice them, so that’s the one thing. You’re like, ‘Don’t take a shot you don’t practice,’ but they do practice them, and you got to reward them a little bit for all their hustle and dirty work at times.”– Mirjam Swanson Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Reading the coverage‘He’s as tough as they come.’ – Locker room reaction after Anthony Davis’ scary fall in the win over New York.Walking on sunshine – Actually, make that “sunshiiiiiine.” Dwight Howard was feeling good after his contract was guaranteed Tuesday.A.D. declines Lakers’ extension offer – But don’t stress. It’s what was expected. Kyle Goon explains.Welcome to the block party – Goon also gets into why so much rejection is so good for the Lakers.Tis the season – Goon unpacks the trade rumors you want to know about.Doesn’t have to be pretty – The Lakers got it done against Detroit for their fifth straight W.Bradley scare – Plus a check-in with Svi Mykhailiuk. Money! – A La Habra man made a half-court shot at the Lakers game Sunday night to win $100,000.last_img

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