Of Course Patrick Beverley Shut Down Lonzo Ball

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The debut of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was highly anticipated for an organization that has missed the playoffs each of the past four seasons. "And that's good", Jordan told the Los Angeles Times.

"I just had to set the tone", Beverley said. "I don't worry about one game". Nance had the toughest assignment on the floor on Thursday having to guard Blake Griffin who was seemingly on a mission in his first game without Chris Paul.

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Ball struggled throughout the game as Beverley guarded him physically, and taunted him. Beverley is not only one of the more, let's be charitable and say intense defenders in the league, he's also precisely the type of guy who would spend all summer looking forward to stuffing Ball into a locker.

Bounce Back (I was going to repost the lyrics from Big Sean and his godawful song but I did not and I am a better person for it): Lonzo had a less-than-stellar start to his National Basketball Association career as he finished with one made shot against Patrick Beverly. "I told him after the game due to all the riff raff that his dad brings that he is going to get a lot of people coming at him. We had a couple little runs where they got loud", Walton said. Deng could lineup as a starter on Thursday, but that has more to do with a leftover two-game suspension for starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope than Deng cracking the Lakers' rotation.

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Ball missed his first three field-goal attempts and both free throws before making his only basket, a 3-pointer, with 4:49 left in the first half.

"Yeah, you shut the m--f-- down", LaVar told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Spears after the game.

"When he stepped on the court, he wasn't ready to go like he has been the past week", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.

Come at him is exactly what Beverley did and Lonzo wasn't ready for what he was faced with.

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