Thomas Bryant earned a spot in the Lakers starting lineup after Anthony Davis went out with a right foot injury. The 25-year-old center had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, the Wizards.
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham talked about his performance in this game, saying that the team is not surprised with the way he is playing.
“Just that no-quit attitude,” Ham said about Bryant postgame. “He has some great hands. Couldn’t get some layups to drop tonight, but you look and see he still finished 7/13 [field goals], 16 [points] and 10 [rebounds]. Two huge threes down the stretch.
“The kid is just not afraid of the moment. He’s going to use all his will, all his power, all his God given ability to lay it on the line for us. His spirit is always is great. That’s the biggest thing about him.
“His teammates, we all want to see him do well. Just the spirit he brings every day, the no-quit attitude and he’s a serviceable player at that.
“He’s doing what he’s doing. He’s not surprising us at all. We always knew. He’s been a starter in this league with the Wizards at that. He’s been a starter, he understands what it’s about whether he’s coming off the bench or is starting the game off. Had another great night tonight.”
This season Bryant is averaging 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game.