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Damian Jones again showed the skills that made the Lakers look at him. Will it result in more playing time?

George Mikan Wilt Chamberlain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Shaquille O’Neal Anthony Davis All of these great Lakers centers are pale compared to the size of Damian Jones, the best 10 day contract player of all time and owner of the best field goal Percentage of all players in franchise history

With a 2-2 night against the team stupid enough to cut him, Jones shoots off the field 100% in purple and gold, the best percentage of any Laker to ever fire more than one shot, And while his team fell short in a 114-104 defeat to the Phoenix Suns, that must be traced back more to head coach Frank Vogel’s bizarre decision not being close to his best player than anything Jones has done to his historical efficiency obviously has to include him in the MVP conversation at this point

Okay so I’m mostly satirical upstairs – even if the numbers are real – but that’s because of its seriousness This was a strange game and there’s not much to be done about it.The Lakers weren’t just at their starting center in Marc Gasol – due to the health and safety protocols of the NBA – but Kyle Kuzma was scratched with a bruise to his right heel minutes before the tip. Jared Dudley played in the center several times and it worked in a matter of moments

Then, in the third quarter, Sun’s star Devin Booker was kicked out on what appeared to be a fairly innocuous exchange

Seriously, it’s been a strange night it’s hard to take too much of it one way or another without Anthony Davis, Gasol, and Kuzma, this isn’t a Lakers rotation to play when games matter, except at Disasters Most teams won’t win many games if they miss one of their stars and two other rotation players.The Lakers are no different in this regard. Even 38 points from LeBron James and a short-lived, late comeback attempt could only get them so far. p>

If there’s actually one thing that can actually be taken away from this game, it’s how much the Lakers clearly need gas.You can call him old and slow, whatever you want – he’d probably be the first to admit that he is both at this point – but just see what the Lakers defense looked like on the edge without his intelligence and length to see how much they are going to need him The fact that Jones looks like such a revelation is more of a statement of how badly the Lakers just needed someone who is big and can do something than it is necessarily an indication of their long-term worth. Whatever led Gasol to the health and safety protocols, hopefully he’s fine and he can come back soon

And for those of you hoping for more minutes from Jones, he was given substitute role five in the second half. He’s not perfect on defense in his second game with the team – a shock, I know – but he is plays hard and understands his role so if you’re after him to get more chances, it seems Vogel is slowly coming along

The Lakers end the first half of the season in Sacramento against the Kings on Wednesday, their final game before the All-Star break. If Gasol misses that, expect Jones to burn a little more again

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