Lonnie Walker IV proved to be the unsung hero for the Los Angeles Lakers in their Game 4 victory against the Golden State Warriors, and his performance did not go unnoticed. Magic Johnson, the former Lakers point guard and basketball legend, took to Twitter to express his admiration for Walker’s contribution to the team’s success.
I think I was calling for a guy?? Lol Lonnie Walker stepped up big and did not disappoint! The hardest thing to do is to close a team out like the World Champion Golden State Warriors.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 9, 2023
In the game against the Warriors, Walker scored 15 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists, and made two steals. However, it was his fourth-quarter performance that proved to be the game-changer, as he scored all of his points and grabbed all of his rebounds in the final 12 minutes. In addition, he also added one of his assists in the fourth quarter.
Despite not being a regular part of the Lakers’ rotation during the postseason, Walker has consistently provided a scoring boost off the bench whenever he has been called upon. Interestingly, his future with the team is uncertain, as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Last summer, the Lakers signed Walker to a one-year deal after the San Antonio Spurs withdrew their qualifying offer, which would have made him a restricted free agent. In 56 regular-season games for the Lakers, Walker has averaged 11.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game on 44.8% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc.
Walker’s performance in Game 4 could not have come at a better time, as the Lakers faced a must-win situation to avoid elimination from the playoffs. With his timely scoring, rebounding, and playmaking, he played a pivotal role in securing the win for his team. If he continues to produce at this level, he could be a valuable asset for any team in need of a scoring punch off the bench. Only time will tell what his future holds, but for now, Lonnie Walker IV can take pride in his crucial role in the Lakers’ Game 4 victory.
Magic Johnson warns Lakers to stay focused after Game 4 win over Warriors
Magic Johnson is thrilled about Lonnie Walker IV’s performance in Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors, but he knows that the Los Angeles Lakers need to stay focused and finish the job in Game 5. Johnson praised Walker, saying he “put the Lakers on his back” in the win, but acknowledged that closing out a team like the Warriors is a difficult task.
Despite the challenges ahead, Johnson’s comments shouldn’t overshadow the Lakers’ confidence and momentum heading into Game 5. With the series lead and the Warriors facing elimination, the Lakers are in a strong position to advance to the next round. However, they will need to be prepared for a tough battle at Chase Center, where the Warriors will be fighting to keep their season alive in front of their home crowd.