Quite the sequence, shame about the finish!
That is how the whole game felt to me, to be honest, and it wasnt just Melo. There was a lot of flash and not a lot of finishing.
Lamelo showed a great handle, all in all looking pretty good with the ball in his hands. Outside of that it was a little disappointing though, and he was most often played at shooting guard with Aaron Brooks playing the point, although he set up the offense more often than not.
His passing was on point. He only finished with 5 assists, but there was quite a few missed opportunities as in this sequence. Offensively he could have asserted himself a little more. He displayed a deadly floater in pre-season but I don't remember that coming out at all during this game. The team mostly ran horns to get him off screens and going downhill, however Brisbane seemed to have gameplanned for this, sagging off the worse shooter and clogging the lanes, disrupting the play and leading to difficult jumpers late in the clock.
Speaking of defense, this was the worst part of Lamelo's game. He ended with 4 steals and a block, which displayed his sneaky athleticism and go-go gadget arms. Those 4 steals came at the expense of playing off his man quite often, which led to some easy layups and dunks for the Brisbane bigs. (Speaking of Brisbane bigs, player of the game was Lamar Patterson, who looked like Draymond out there). He did however grab 10 boards, 8 of them defensive, displaying a knack for being in place to get them as well as athleticism to get there first and get above everyone else.
All in all, this may have just been first game jitters, and the team itself has a lot to improve on (rotation needs to tighten, defensive schemes aren't working, offensive plays are not very creative) and may just need some reps together (Brooks was a great veteran presence for Lamelo, but needs to figure out this league too). Melo in this game reminded me of a young Wall or rookie Lonzo more than his most recent comparison, Doncic (6/17 FG, including 0/5 from deep. Good passing with 5 assists to 0 turnovers - and would have been higher with better finishing. Great rebounding. Athletic plays on defense to grab a few passes, but ultimately negatively affected the team in this area).