L.A. Pro Sports Update

Jared Goff to make first career start for Rams, Lakers and Clippers continue to surpass expectations while Kings have a great fall.

Kyle Kohner, Writer

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NFL

L.A. Rams: The Rams found themselves winners for the first time since Oct. 2. Los Angeles defeated the downward-spiraling New York Jets 9-6 on Nov. 13. However, the win was incredibly ugly and signaled the end of the Case Keenum era in Los Angeles. Even though his team won, Keenum struggled mightily and lacked the quick decision-making needed in order to lead the Rams to victory. Now, head coach Jeff Fisher will thrust 2016 first overall draft pick Jared Goff into the starting role, a decision that arguably should have been made weeks ago. Goff will make his first career start on Nov. 20 against the rolling Miami Dolphins.

Player of the week: Linebacker Alec Ogletree: 10 Total Tackles, 6 Solo Tackles, Game-winning Interception

NHL

L.A. Kings:  After finding themselves over the .500 mark with an emphatic 7-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leaves on Nov. 8, Los Angeles dipped three games under .500 due to a four-game losing streak. Their most recent loss against the Colorado Avalanche stuck out like a sore thumb as they gave up four goals, a discouraging sign for goalkeeper Peter Budaj who played admirably in the absence of Jonathan Quick.

Player of the week: Left wing: Teddy Purcell: 0 Goals, 2 Assists

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have had a mixed bag of results the past three games as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers yet got thoroughly walloped by the Nashville Predators 5-0 on Nov. 12. Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler both had great weeks by pacing the Ducks’ offense to exceptional play on the ice.

Player of the week: Right wing Jakob Silfverberg: 2 Goals, 3 Assists

NBA

L.A. Clippers: The Clippers have won six straight games and stand as the best team in the NBA right now. Los Angeles did not just win their last four games — they embarrassed their opponents in convincing fashion. Los Angeles even avenged their only loss of the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder by defeating them 110-108 on Nov. 11. Power forward Blake Griffin continues his MVP-esque season as he has spearheaded the 10-1 Clippers’ imposing defense.

Player of the week: Power forward Blake Griffin: 20.2 Points per game, 4.1 Assists per game, 9.5 Rebounds per game

L.A. Lakers: The Lakers had a strong week as they won three games against meager opponents. However, they did embarrassingly lose by 26 points to the inferior yet talented Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 13 and allowed 47 points to budding super star small forward Andrew Wiggins. The Lakers have had a great start to the year and now stand at 7-5 on the season.

Player of the week: Point guard D’Angelo Russell 16.8 Points per game, 4.7 Assists per game, 3.4 Rebounds per game