A heartbreaking and disappointing triple loss to the Kings puts the Lakers back below 0.500 at 10-11. It’s not the losses, it’s the nature of them.
The Lakers’ losses appear to be either blowouts or games in which they allow teams to come back from double-digit deficits when they do not meet their standard of talent. In that game they held their largest lead of 13 minutes from the end, but in the final 9:20 they were exceeded by 27:14, despite the fact that the guests missed key starters in Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes.
After their 4-0 record in extra time this season, the Lakers would ideally not have minded playing a little more basketball, but the Kings never left.
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“Towards the end they just missed shots and they took some hard shots,” said Anthony Davis after the game. “We have to be able to play with a head start.”
It was a tough game for Davis and LeBron James. The duo scored 53 points together, but they came up with 19 out of 51 (37.3 percent) when shooting from the field and a miserable 2 out of 18 (11.1 percent) from a distance.
James also recorded 11 assists and seven rebounds but was not happy with his performance. He had finished with a plus-minus of -7 while Davis posted a -16, the two worst of the roster.
“I feel like I played a terrible game individually,” James said after the game. “I stick to a higher standard. I know I have to get better for this team, especially at everything we’re going through. “
James even mentioned the team outraged by all these losses.
In their first triple overtime game in nearly a decade, rebound and defense were key points that players cited in relation to their areas of improvement.
In 21 games, the Lakers allow 48.3 rebounds and 11.5 offensive rebounds, which occupy the 29th and 27th place in the league, respectively. In that game, they were surpassed 56-51 by the Kings, allowing Sacramento to score 16 offensive rebounds.
“I’m not worried about the offensive,” said Davis. “We have to get better on the defensive.”
Including the two defeats to the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which they also took double-digit leads, the Lakers have now let loose three games that could have gone into the victory column. AD believes the Lakers have the potential and ability to claim multiple wins in a row.
“We are the Lakers. We have a well-composed team that can win 10, 12, 15 games in a row. We can do it. We just have to want to do it. We have to do a little more defensive work for a full 48. “
In 21 games, the Lakers’ longest streak is three, and those straight wins have included back-to-back home meetings against the rebuilding Houston Rockets.