LOS ANGELES – Only a few days away from the Lakers' biggest win of the season – a defeat of the Golden State Warriors at their home ground on Christmas Day – the team unleashed their second game in a row and caused a rift in their team-mates.
"I felt like we were splitting a little bit while we were doing it," Lakers coach Luke Walton said about the LA Clippers' 22-0 draw, which brought them to a 118-107 win on Friday night Lakers. We can lose games, but we lose them together, if we win them, we'll win them together, no matter what happens on the pitch, we have to stay together and keep working and counting it out. " Clippers striker Montrezl Harrell hugged the breasts after the 1
The Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo had an operation on Friday Ligament repair His right ring finger is expected to be missing for four to five weeks, the team announced.
The Lakers' last two defeats came without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee – three of their key veterans. James & # 39; s teams have now lost 13 games in a row when he has not played, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
James, who had come to the Staples Center drinking a glass of red wine, was on the bench in street clothes on Friday, as was Rondo and McGee. Although the trio were still vociferous when the Clippers cleared a 10-point deficit in the middle of the third quarter to run away with the win, the Lakers point-guard Lonzo Ball said it was different than talking to them on the field when
"They tried to talk to us as much as possible, but it's not the same as if they're out there," Ball said. "So all we have to do is take on the roles we're in
In particular, the roles of Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma have increased since James 'groin load and Rondo's second hand The season's operation has knocked out the Lakers' most ball dominant players.
Kuzma led the Lakers with 24 points against the Clippers, but went with 0: 7 out of 3 and had four turnovers.
Ball with 20 points In Thursday's defeat at the Sacramento Kings, he was 19 on Friday, making him his best-placed two-game game of the season. However, he also had four sales.
Ingram scored 17, but he went 6:12 from the free throw line during the night after spoiling the 22 points against the kings by reversing five turnovers. [19659002Allthreewereatoddswiththefingerpointingthat"splintering"suchasWaltonesshouldhavestopped
"We can not be a frontline team," Kuzma said. "When things are over, we can not all be happy, and when things are over, we're just disconnected from each other, so it's the greatest thing for us to always be together, each team has rough spots one season, and we We've been down all year round, different lines, and we can not let these things affect us, it's just that we stick together and hold it like a fist. "
Kuzma clasped his hand as he did finished his answer to show the narrowness he had expected from the group.
"I mean, the guys got frustrated," Ball added. "Every time a team completes a 22-0 run, things will not be all right, we need to regroup, we can not argue, we're in the same team."
offered Ingram an alternative perspective, however, that rationalizes that they would not fight unless they all aim at the same.
"It only shows a lot about how much our players care about each other, about the team." he said. "When the other boys get together and try to get together, it just shows how much they care about the basketball game and how much they want to win."
Walton said Clippers coach Doc Rivers' team moved to a team in the third quarter with Lou Williams (36 points) as the top scorer in front of four solid defenders at Montrezl Harrell, Tyrone Wallace, Sindarius Thornwell and Patrick Beverley. 19659020] "Whether it was putting the ball on the field, opening it up to play a set, they were pushing us from our posts, and we let that happen," Walton said. "We know this is going to happen, we're playing a five-year-old 20. As a veterinarian in this league, this men's league, you see young people [and] being physically involved, we talked about the game, that's gonna happen will happen again every night until we are ready to fight back. "
The Lakers are 2-5 in their last seven games. This is the same record they used to open the season, forcing Team President Magic Johnson to disguise Walton in an explosive meeting.
After Rondo had expected another four to five weeks and James' return date was not yet known, the Lakers must do it … Rely on these 20-year-olds to get back on track.
To compare the current status of the team with his bouts in the season, Ball said he thought it was "a bit different".
"We went on winning streak last time," he said. "We have to do one more this time."