A series of Los Angeles Lakers players hit the Playoffs milestone after winning game 1 in the Western Finals against Denver Nuggets.
The Los Angeles Lakers took an overwhelming victory over the Denver Nuggets in game 1 of the Western 2020 final and the fourth half was a performance by the bench. As a result, veteran players of the Lakers like JR Smith or Rajon Rondo have the opportunity to create historic milestones.
JR Smith only played 4 minutes in this match, but that was enough for him to successfully hit a three-point throw. The side step with 2 minutes and 15 seconds remaining gave former Cleveland Cavaliers a 293 long shot and overtook Kobe Bryant to reach ninth in the Playoffs’ marksman list.
Smith’s next target will be the eighth place for Kevin Durant, a player who has made 304 exact three-point throws in the Playoffs. However, it is difficult for the 35-year-old veteran to level the 11 long throw distance with the current playing time.
Smith’s teammate Rajon Rondo has 9 assists in today’s match, thereby winning tenth place in Michael Jordan’s list of assists in Playoffs history. With 1025 passes, Rondo only needed to create 15 more times to match Kobe Bryant in ninth place.
If this form is maintained, the former Celtics player can completely take the legendary sixth place Larry Bird this year. During his career, Bird has 1062 passes leading to the score at the Playoffs.
Rajon Rondo is in his 14th season of his career and the second at the LA Lakers. Rondo came mainly from the bench and shared a dribbling role with LeBron James, responsible for leading the bench. Meanwhile, Smith was brought back to the stage before seeding games and increased the depth of the Lakers roster.