The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks for the second time this season, 101-89 at Staples Center, dropping to 12-24. Despite having their largest scoring run of the season in the first quarter, after a 15-0 run, the Mavericks out worked the Lakers in every category in the third quarter, including outscoring them 31-13.
After the game, head coach Luke Walton questioned the individual desire of his team, or whether they are comfortable waiting 2-3 years as natural development begins. Nick Young questioned whether the Lakers were just going to be another losing team this year, saying they played ‘weak basketball’ in the second half.
Rookie Brandon Ingram and guard Jordan Clarkson both explain their levels of anger and frustration after such a disappointing loss. Julius Randle explains players natural tendencies to try to individually uplift teams when it needs to be more of a group effort. Do they think they can bounce back on New Year’s Day against the Toronto Raptors?