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Isaiah Hartenstein dots LeBron James and receives praise from fellow players

by archysport

The LA Clippers won the first city duel of the season against the Los Angeles Lakers, thanks in part to Isaiah Hartenstein, who made LeBron James look old a few times in the final section. Meanwhile, the Lakers continue to try LeBron as their center.

The German got 11 points (5/7 FG) in 16 minutes, 7 of which the international scored in the final quarter when the Lakers presented their small line-up with LeBron James as the center. The 23-year-old scored all of his 7 points in those minutes against the Lakers mega-star, including a mighty slam when he caught LeBron on the wrong foot.

“Isaiah is playing a great season for us,” said Clippers guard Luke Kennard, with whom Hartenstein spends most of his time on the field. “He always stays positive and always plays hard – no matter how things stand.”

Hartenstein himself passed the praise on to point guard Eric Bledsoe. “He made my life easy. In the second quarter he came to me and said what he saw. That helped and later we did more pick’n’roll.” That was the right remedy against the porous defense of the Lakers, especially James appeared several times disinterested in defense and allowed Hartenstein easy deals.

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