MINNEAPOLIS – After losing 124-120 against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday to end a road trip of 0-2, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton admitted his team's lull in the preseason Obviously there must be frustration with it, "Walton said after his team had failed to defend the lead in the fourth quarter and dropped to 2-5 in the season." I do not know what the level [of frustration]but it will be a heavy homecoming.
"But as I said to our boys, no one's sorry for us, it's up to us to figure it out and win some of those close games, and we'll, I can promise you, we'll win some of them now we'll take a few chunks in the meantime. "
LA is 0-3 in games that were decided with five or fewer points after he went 1
Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 behind the 3-point bow in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 26-foot mark with 19.7 seconds left, which lifted Minnesota and effectively LeBron James and the Buried Lakers.
Jimmy Butler beat five of Minnesota's eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to end with 32 points and help the Timberwolves to beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 124-120 on Monday night
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James repeated Walton's disappointment.
"Well, we have to get better," he said. "We know that. We talk about patience, but we can not repeat [a] the same thing … Do the same over and over and over and expect another result, you know, that's insanity." we have to get better, we can not make the same mistakes again and again. "
Against the wolves, these mistakes came in the form of fouling (the Lakers were whistled to Minnesota 14 for 24 fouls, causing a 30-15 disparity in free throws) and not to overthrow the glass (LA allowed 20 offensive rebounds and was out-boarded a total of 51-48.)
"I mean, it's the same story," Walton said, "we need to get better at the little things, and one of those things is to pay attention to details and game plans to follow. The schedule tonight: stop them from the free throw line and defensive bounces. And they hurt us with both. "
The Lakers also had 18 turnovers, leading to 17 points for the Wolves, which Rajon Rondo attributed to his team.
"We just do not make the right games at the right time," Rondo said when his team was beaten 21-15 in fast break points, in part due to its poor decision-making when it had numbers. "I think we try to hit homeruns if we just have to do singles."
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"Whatever the matter or whatever, we just have to be ready," Rondo said. "As a team, we do not do things together, we're not on the same page, we screw up the pick-and-roll coverage, we mess our jobs, so we had to do the immaterial things." and came in with a better way of thinking.
Rondo had 13 points to secure 6 for 9 shooting and eight assists Lonzo Ball, who fought for the second straight game with only four points on 2-for-6 shooting and an assist. LA was on Monday with Outperforming the ball by 11 points, it has been topped 44 points this season, the worst plus of Lakers players, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research
"I just do not do my job," said Ball.
Part of James' task with this young group is to lead by example while the players try to take their foot. "He left the locker room and kept an edition of the book" Leadership: In "In the turbulent times" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the same book that Lakers CEO Rob Pelinka read during the training camp.
Before that, James was asked what his leadership looks like as his patience wears off.
"You want I'm not likely to be around when I run out of patience, "James said. "I'm serious."