Larry Nance Jr. Wonders If Lakers Got ‘Complacent’ With One Win
Larry Nance Jr. Wonders If Lakers Got ‘complacent’ With One Win
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After an inspiring win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, many hoped that the Los Angeles Lakers would build on that performance Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. The return of power forward Larry Nance Jr. would seemingly only further motivate the team as Nance has missed nearly a month due to a bone bruise in his knee.

Of course, the exact opposite happened as the Lakers suffered their worst loss in franchise history, falling to the Mavericks by 49 points, 122-73.

After the game, things weren’t great in the Lakers locker room and Nance even suggested that the Lakers possibly became complacent after their win on Friday via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

The notion of a Lakers team that sits at 16-32 becoming complacent is a disturbing one. The team is 6-22 since their 10-10 start and while injuries and an extremely tough schedule (Lakers have played most games overall and road games in the NBA) have something to do with that, the Lakers simply haven’t come out with the fire they showed early in the season.

Head coach Luke Walton, while disappointed with the performance, still believes in his team and doesn’t believe these performances are a part of a losing culture. Nonetheless, the inconsistency of the Lakers is something that is beginning to get worrisome and the All-Star Break can’t come soon enough for this team.

Young teams struggle with consistency, but both current and former Lakers have spoken out about the team continuing to use youth as an excuse. The loss of D’Angelo Russell certainly had an impact, but this team as a whole must figure out how to bring effort every night if they plan on turning the corner and becoming a legitimate NBA contender.

You May Also Like

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Championship Expectations Will Keep Lakers Focused

Over the last couple of seasons there has been no bigger target for the anger of Los Angeles Lakers fans then…

Lakers News: Russell Westbrook Appreciative Of Advice Received From Shaquille O’Neal

The Los Angeles Lakers will likely see their fortunes change only if Russell Westbrook finds a way to produce…

Lakers Summer League: Max Christie Believes 3-Point Shooting Will Come Around

Summer League is officially in the books, and the Los Angeles Lakers have to feel pretty good about their only…

Jordan Hill On Potentially Starting Against Rockets: ‘Anything Can Happen’

The Los Angeles Lakers lost another game on the road on Tuesday…