Tiger Fight, September 27. In the fifth game of the Western Conference Finals that ended today, the Lakers defeated the Nuggets 117-107, and the series scored 4-1 to advance to the finals. After the game, Lakers player Kyle Kuzma was interviewed by the media.
Speaking of helping the Lakers return to the Finals after a lapse of 10 years, Kuzma said: "This means a lot. The Lakers are the best club in the world, especially when you are talking about basketball, reaching the Finals so many times. It’s crazy to have the opportunity to be part of this team’s history. Obviously, the Lakers haven’t made the Finals in 10 years, and I’m just happy to be here."
Talking about the growth of himself and Alex Caruso along the way, Kuzma said: "I have grown a lot, especially this year. My game content has improved as a whole. On the defensive end, I just try to be correct. Judgment, correct rotation and passing, is the improvement of the overall basketball IQ. We have championship players, have Hall of Fame players, as young people, in such a team, we are taught the right way Playing, I love this process very much and I am very grateful."
Speaking of the team’s tacit understanding, Kuzma said: “The most important thing is sacrifice. Everyone has made sacrifices for the team to become better. When you maintain this mentality, especially for a team like ours, Love each other, we are brothers, we communicate closely and we have communicated in group chats throughout the season. We are like real family members. This is not common in the NBA. Many teams are not like this."
In this game, Kuzma played 21 minutes, 3 of 7 shots, 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.