With the new year off to a bad start, the Lakers could use a win against the Grizzlies.
Beating Memphis would mean that the Lakers were at least able to muster a win in 2017 against a good team. The Grizzlies are likely going to make it into the post-season again, and have proven to be one of the effective and efficient teams in the league.
They present a different challenge to the Lakers, though. Instead of shooters, youth, or even coaching, their area of focus is strength.
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Playing against teams like this, the Lakers will have their ability to play hard basketball tested.
This is easily a game where the focus could be Julius Randle or Brandon Ingram.
Ingram, the second overall pick from the previous draft, still needs to work on his aggressiveness. Randle is in a similar boat, but the difference there is that he already has the size and less excuses.
In order to be as effective as possible, Ingram still probably needs to gain some weight.