The Lakers were all but left for dead when LeBron James and Anthony Davis both missed Saturday’s game against the Thunderin Oklahoma City. But what happened? Kyle Kuzma, who has been the poster boy for the Lakers’ lack of scoring depth for the past month or so, dominated the game with Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard turning back the clock. The result is the Lakers eclipsing the Bucks for the top spot in this week’s Power Rankings
For all the talk of the Lakers being hopeless if either LeBron or Anthony Davis missed time, they emphatically proved that wrong by manhandling the Thunder on Saturday in OKC without either of their superstars. Kyle Kuzma, whose name has consistently been involved in trade rumors over the past month, led the team with a career-high 36 points while Rajon Rondo played like the 2009 version of himself. The Lakers’ role players surely heard the chatter about it being a two-man team, and proved their point in a huge win, their eighth straight. The Lakers have earned their return to the top of the Power Rankings.