The Los Angeles Lakers "need more passion" from Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, says head coach Luke Walton.
Walton says the two teenagers are trying, but they have to show "more fight".
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The Lakers lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road 108-86 Sunday night and fell this season without the injured LeBron James at 1: 5.
Per ESPN :
"They're trying, but they're young," Walton said about Ball and Ingram, both of whom were only 21 years old. "At some point, we need more passion. We need more fight. And that does not matter anymore. This is more about looking for loose balls, communicating aloud and grabbing loud [rebounds].
"Brandon had some really nice rebound rebounds tonight that we can get out [from]. We need that from him all the time. So it's not just them, but until we get well, you have to play with passion and fire in this league. It's hard to win in this league if you're healthy. So you have to double the effort when the guys are down.
It was Ball's second goalless game of the season and his first since a defeat of 130-117 against Orlando Magic.
"We have much to do goalscorer now," he said. "I have to pick up this burden. Obviously I did not do it tonight. I have to pick it up tomorrow.
The Lakers will end the second night of a back-and-forth on the road against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Again, they will manage without James and [Rajon] Rondo, while Kuzma's availability of Kuzma is considered a game decision.
"I always feel like I can do more, so this is my frustration. I'm frustrated," said Ingram. "But I just go back and watch a movie and get ready for the next game."
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