Another case of “waste not – want not.” Missed 7 free throws and lost by a point. Also, allowed the opposition to snag out-of-position rebounds. Plus, we had no viable answer for stopping Boogie. Makes our roster needs crystal clear.
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Julius and Deng don’t seem to be really bringing it, any more. Should give Robinson some burn.
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Donald Trump: A man so obnoxious, that karma may see him reincarnated as himself.
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How about that LNJr!
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We make our free throws, we win the game. That simple. Starters go 18-49 from the field, including 8-21 from deep. Starters only get to the line 6 times. Nobody can guard quick athletic guards. We need help. It ain’t about patience. It’s about misjudging talent.
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What troubles me, more than anything, is that our players showed tremendous talent, and even more promise, in the beginning of the season than they display now. That 10-10 start (during which we lost a game, or two, that coulda gone either way), was encouraging, pleasantly surprising, and eye-opening. The future looked really promising. Since then, we’ve gone 6-24. Some have suggested that opponents have “figured out” our offense by watching game film. Yet other teams continue to win despite film being available on them.
It was also said, in the beginning, that defense was a primary focus. We certainly seem to have lost any consistency with that. Defending the pick and roll, defending the perimetet and defending the paint are all areas in which we totally suck. Common sense should tell us that you can’t be successful with such a porous defense. If the players don’t get it, replace them with ones that do. If the coaches can’t develop that culture in the players, then replace them with ones that can.
When you consider the revolving door of coaches, and players, during the last 5 years, it becomes painfully obvious where the problem really lies. Not so much in a person, as much as it is a propensityto neglect, or only give cursory attention to, those areas of concern – in favor of sprucing up the more glamorous offensive end of the floor. It’s not uncommon to see players shrug off getting burned on defense, inbound the ball content to embark on a “one-up”manship driven possession – while totally ignoring their inherent glaring defensive deficiency.
The lackadaisical way in which Laket teams start 2nd halves, and sometimes, the beginning of the games, is attributed to what? The lack of enthusiasm, malaise, discontentment, brow-beat, has to have a source. A source that is apparently immune to the influence of million$$$, the bright lights of Hollywood and the LA Laker tradition.
What on earth could be the probmem? What transcends all of the antedotes for what ails us?
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Could Russ, Durant and Harden coexisted in the starting lineup, if they had the chance?
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“Jim Buss, scion of the late and great Dr. Jerry Buss, runs basketball operations and under his guidance this team has been a disaster. I would write here he has to go, but he has already made the point for me. He has said repeatedly that if the Lakers aren’t contenders this season — championship contenders, folks — he would step away.
His sister Jeanie runs the whole Lakers show and has the power to remove her sibling and take the helm of basketball ops, or put someone else in place. She told me last year, along with a lot of other L.A. media, that she would do so if at the end of this 2016-17 season the Lakers hadn’t made huge progress.
In our conversation, she was clear 2017 couldn’t just end with a Lakers playoff appearance. They had to contend in the playoffs, too, making at least a semi-deep run. So stick to the plan. Jim Buss has to go. Jeanie Buss has to take over. And then the Lakers can finally start playing catch-up against teams like the Sixers that are now years ahead of them.”
Replacing Jim with a more estute and charismatic VPOBO would create a greater likelihood of FA interest. In addition, it would also abate the negative (whether justified, or not) atmosphere immediately surrounding Jim. Even greater, and more significant, than locket room chemistry is FO chemistry.
Lobby for Magic and the Logo to return.
Make everybody happy!
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We dug ourselves too big of a hole in the 1sr qtr. Certain players played like s#it and we were called for more twice as many fouls as they were = a 12pt advantage for them. Oh well. It sucks.
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Same old 3rd qtr malaise. Starters, except for Nick, suck. 2nd unit keeps the games within reach. This game shows why Byron sat Julius. Double/double machine when he wants to be. Luke should start Robinson next game. Might light a fire under him.
Tim McMahon ESPN Staff Writer
DALLAS — The Los Angeles Lakers’ rebuilding project reached a new low Sunday afternoon with the most lopsided loss in franchise history, a 122-73 rout at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.
“We didn’t show up to play, honestly, which is frustrating,” first-year Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the 49-point drubbing. “Honestly, it’s embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization, for our Laker fans that are so good to us.
“Again, at this point it is not about every night going out and winning. It is playing a certain style that allows you a chance to win while we are trying to build this thing. It’s about getting better and building on games like our last game, and not being satisfied with it. …
“The effort just wasn’t there tonight, which I don’t understand. I love our group of guys and I know we are going to bring it next game, but that’s not who we are. It was frustrating tonight.”
The previous worst margin of defeat in Lakers history was 48, which occurred in a 123-75 loss at Utah last March. This was the most lopsided game in the NBA this season.
The loss came on the 11-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s historic 81-point performance against the Raptors, the second-most points scored by a single player in a game in NBA history.
The Mavericks (15-29) extended their winning streak in the series to 13 games, blowing the game open by outscoring the Lakers 38-11 in the second quarter. Los Angeles had more turnovers (five) than field goals (four on 17 attempts) during the quarter.
“Tough game. That’s it,” said guard Jordan Clarkson, one of only two Lakers to score in double figures during the loss. “A loss is a loss.”
The Lakers (16-32) have dropped six of their last seven games. Four of those losses have come by double digits, including a 40-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs and Sunday’s historic humiliation.
Lakers power forward Julius Randle said his team should be embarrassed by the poor effort. There was not a consensus opinion in the locker room about whether the Lakers should simply move on from the loss as quickly as possible or try to use it for motivation.
“We’ve got to let it go,” shooting guard Nick Young said. “It’s a tough loss, but we can’t dwell on it. We’ve still got, how many more games left? Thirty-something? Forty-something? We’ve just got to keep going. We can’t let this one determine the whole year. We’ve got to keep fighting.”
Rookie Brandon Ingram, who struggled as the starting point guard in place of injured starter D’Angelo Russell, offered a dissenting view.
“It’s something for us to remember as these games go on,” said Ingram, who finished with six points on 2-of-12 shooting, with no assists and three turnovers while being a team-worst minus-45 in 36 minutes. “We let it hurt now and keep getting better and always remember the results.”
The Lakers are only one win away from matching last season’s win total. They got off to a surprising 10-10 start, briefly fueling hope that they could compete for a playoff spot well ahead of the expected timetable, but are only 6-22 since then.
Walton, however, firmly insisted that he has no concerns about his team’s culture despite the losses stacking up and Sunday’s horrible performance.
“Not at all,” Walton said. “We’re headed in the right direction. We’re going to get to where we need to go and I’m excited about it. It’s just a bad game, one you face the pain and you use it to motivate you and move on.”