The Lakers didn’t give themselves an opportunity in an necessary sport in opposition to the Mavericks. Los Angeles, with out LeBron James and Anthony Davis, went down by 18 factors within the first quarter and by no means got here near their opponents.
After the sport Lakers head coach admitted that his staff lacks expertise when James and Davis are out. “With these guys out (LeBron James and Anthony Davis), we’re at a expertise deficit, so the main target and execution has to make up for it,” he mentioned.
“That is simply the most recent dose of adversity that this 12 months’s staff has confronted. Clearly, we’ve been enjoying some actually good basketball of late, actually shifting the basketball, enjoying for one another offensively, competing on the defensive facet.
“If you lose ‘Bron, okay, it’s a must to regulate but once more all through a season of setbacks. Now we have to seek out footing. You hope to seek out footing instantly when one thing like that occurs. We didn’t discover it within the second half the opposite evening (in opposition to the Pelicans). We definitely didn’t discover it tonight.”
The loss pushed the Lakers beneath the play-in zone. They’re now in eleventh place within the Western Convention, overtaken by the Spurs.