‘Legacy Damager’: Fans Troll Lakers After Kyle Kuzma Hits Game-Winner vs Cavaliers

Published 11/10/2021, 11:27 PM EST
Nov 10, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) and forward Corey Kispert (24) celebrate a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Kuzma made a clutch shot to hand the Wizards a victory over the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, a little surprising, but Kuzma turned up in the clutch for the Washington Wizards.

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After the horrific bittersweet ending to his Lakers career, Kuzma seems to have revived his prospects with the Wizards. Naturally, Laker fans are in disbelief that Kuz was the one the Wizards relied on. Moreover, the fact that he delivered is hurting them even more because his time at the Lakers was arguably plagued by choking in the decisive moments. Consequently, Kuzma received a lot of criticism in his time at the Lakers.

However, this recent clutch performance was a silencer for most of Kuzma’s critics.

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Fans react to Kyle Kuzma’s clutch basket; Lakers fans annoyed

His clutch shot received two extreme reactions, one of respect, and the other comparing with his former (Laker) self.

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What does this mean for Kyle Kuzma and the Washington Wizards?

The Washington Wizards seem to have maximized from the Russell Westbrook trade. Consequent to the win over the Cavaliers, Wizards are now at the top of the Eastern Conference.

While they struggled to even make the playoffs last season, Washington looks like a side with renewed energy and brilliant chemistry. This is the reason they are above contending stacked teams like Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls at the moment.

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Nov 10, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Dean Wade (32) drives against Kyle Kuzma (33) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards brought in Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell Pope as a part of the trade for Russell Westbrook. This trade seemed to be good on paper for the Wizards. Considering that statistically, Westbrook might be more dominant than any of these players, their combined skillsets have helped the franchise on both ends of the court. They can all be the role players who step up in a time when the team needs them the most.

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However, they should know that this run of form is still not at championship level. While the franchise can rely on Bradley Beal to consistently deliver, they should still work on improving their chemistry as a team.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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