“Allow Me To Play More Basketball”: Lakers Guard Sends a Message to Frank Vogel Ahead of WCF

Published 09/15/2020, 9:00 AM EDT
Sep 10, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) and guard Danny Green (14) in the second half in game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers celebrated in pure joy as the team made the WCF for the first time since 2010. The Lake show dominated their series against the Houston Rockets, leaving them no breathing space. It was Alex Caruso who shone bright with his incredible two-way game, even though AD and Bron stole all the limelight. 

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Caruso is loved by the Laker faithful for his mesmerizing game on the offensive end. He stands at just 6’5”, but can poster opponents with a thundering dunk. Alex Caruso’s been a fan favorite ever since landing in LA, and has even earned quite a few nicknames

In the 2020 NBA Playoffs, coach Frank Vogel has placed his trust in Caruso, and the 26-year-old has lived up to his expectations. Caruso certainly deserves this appreciation post for the unbelievable blocks that he made against the Rockets. His chase-down rejections displayed the intensity he had to deliver for his team. 

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Alex Caruso reflects on the increased responsibility given to him by the Lakers

Alex Caruso started off with the Lakers as a two-way player. But now, he has now cemented a place for himself with the purple and gold. Moreover, after getting extra playoff minutes, the Texas native didn’t disappoint. 

Moreover, Caruso spoke to the media about his playing time, which has increased drastically over the past few weeks. Apparently Caruso has seen a six-minute MPG increase in the playoffs, compared to his regular-season average. Here’s his comment on the same: 

“Especially in the playoffs, six minutes in the playoffs is more than six minutes in the regular season games, just from the intensity and in schemes and having to play every possession like its the last one like it’s the end of the world,” Caruso said. 

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“It’s been fun for me though. I’m not saying I’m not tired, I obviously get tired in the game having to guard great players and just playing as hard as we do as a unit. But I’m loving it. We play basketball for a living so if you allow me to play more basketball I’m only gonna be happier,” Caruso mentioned.  

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Alex Caruso proved to be an important piece in the puzzle against the Rockets. Coach Vogel saw the difference he could bring and offered Caruso extra minutes from his regular playing time. This obviously boosted his confidence, propelling him to play better and achieve the desired results. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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