(Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
We are only 3 games into the preseason but much of what we’ve seen from this year’s Lakers squad is eerily similar to last season, at least on the defensive end. The Lakers gave up 116 points on 56 percent shooting from the field; 100 of those points were scored by the end of the 3rd quarter, on their way to the Lakers getting demolished again by the Golden State Warriors, 116-75.
Klay Thompson had gotten off to the fast start in the previous game against the Lakers, this time it was Steph Curry’s turn to light up the Lakers from the outset, scoring 12 of his 25 points in the first 2 and 1/2 minutes of the game which fueled a 24-5 run to start the game.
Fellow Splash Brother, Thompson, chipped in 16 points while David Lee finished with 14 points. Andre Iguodala came in off the bench and led the team with 8 assists.
Byron Scott has preached the importance of defense and it has been the emphasis since coming on board, but in the last 2 outings, the Lakers team has not displayed any semblance of defense. The Warriors are shooting a combined 52.5 percent from the field and have knocked down a total of 25 three point shots in the 2 games this preseason against the Lakers. In the same two games the Lakers have hit 1 three point shot out of 14 attempts.
The shot chart from last night’s game shows a stark difference in approach.
One of the theories about the Lakers poor play in the last two games is that the hard practices is leading to some tired legs and it will take some time before their conditioning is where it should be and the practices begin to easing up.
Kobe: “We haven’t started tapering down yet.” Thinks guys will be more fresh ahead of the regular season. Focus now has been work.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 13, 2014
Robert Sacre received extended playing time at the back up forward spot, playing 26 minutes on the night and finishing with 12 points on 5 rebounds. Wayne Ellington shared the team lead in scoring with Sacre, scoring 12 points off the bench. Kobe Bryant looked much slower than in his first 2 games and had his worst game thus far, ending the disappointing night with 5 points on 3 for 13 from the field.
Steve Nash went 0-5 from the field and scored just 3 points in 12 minutes. Nash did not play the 2nd half and it appears it was due to some type of issue that is still unclear.
Byron Scott said Steve Nash asked to sit second half. Reported Nash didn't feel right
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 13, 2014
The Lakers will be happy to see anybody other than in a Warriors jersey. The Lakers take on the Utah Jazz on Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.