Kuzma finished with 35 points (15-27 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and one block in 22 minutes during Friday's 161-144 victory in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Kuzma appeared intent on taking home the MVP award Friday, looking to score at every opportunity in the Team USA victory. There were multiple contenders for the award but ultimately it went to Kuzma who led all scorers on the night. Kuzma has been having a solid season for the Lakers, however, can be a one-dimensional player at times. The Lakers are going to pushing hard for a playoff spot and Kuzma should continue to be a primary focus on the offensive end moving forward.
Kuzma registered 19 points (8-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one block over 35 minutes in the Lakers' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
Kuzma has been on a scoring tear as of late, averaging 27.7 points per game over his last three outings. That uptick in scoring has coincided with Kuzma catching fire from downtown, and he's drained 13 threes in that span on 52.0% shooting from beyond the arc.
Kuzma collected 39 points (14-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 6-7 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in 32 minutes during Sunday's 143-120 loss to the 76ers.
Kuzma exploded offensively in this one, pouring in 23 points in the first quarter alone. He appears to have gotten himself out of the recent funk he was in, and Kuzma is likely to continue operating as the team's second-best scoring option behind LeBron James.
Kuzma put up 25 points (10-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes Thursday in the Lakers' 129-128 win over the Celtics.
One of several players rumored to be involved in a potential trade to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, Kuzma ultimately stayed put after Thursday's deadline passed. After a string of poor shooting outings, Kuzma bounced back nicely Thursday, but his production still figures to be somewhat volatile from game to game while he sacrifices some usage to a now-healthy LeBron James.
Kuzma (hip) is listed as available to play in Thursday's game against the Celtics.
As expected, given his probable tag, Kuzma will play in Thursday's outing in Boston despite his lingering hip injury. It's been a struggle for Kuzma, who is shooting just 39.4 percent from the field in his last three games, but he should continue to get plenty of usage and plenty of open looks so long as LeBron James is on the court.