Daily News: Luke Walton scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and added four assists in 28 minutes during the Lakers’ 107-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
It was pretty standard stuff from Walton — nothing awe-inspiring, but it was certainly nothing awful either.
Walton is averaging 4.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 16.6 minutes.
The Lakers’ starting small forward is content to fit neatly into a modest role. He looks to past first and shoot second. He sacrifices his statistics for the benefit of his teammates. As long as the Lakers keep winning, he’s willing to maintain the status quo.
“It’s satisfying,” Walton said of his role. “If the team keeps winning, whether I score six points or 16 points, that doesn’t matter. We’re in a tight race right now for best record. A lot of times, if you look back at teams that win championships, it’s always teams that do the little things well. So you try to get those done.
“If I can help get other people going, if I can make the hockey assist, you know, I’m fine with that. The only thing that really matters is whether the team wins.”