The Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night by a final score of 105-98. The Memphis Grizzlies were missing most of their team and essentially had a G-league roster on the FedEx Forum floor. The Grizzlies were missing Ja Morant, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke, and Zaire Williams, as well as Dillon Brooks.
With that lineup on the floor, the Lakers had zero excuses not to run the Grizzlies right out of their own building. Instead, the Lakers ran themselves into a rock bottom hole by being outhustled all night.
As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle, most recently in the way of a 13-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, it’s easy to pile on the newcomer. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that we saw the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the grandest of stages.
However, I don’t think it’s fair to criticize the Lakers without giving AD his fair share of the blame pie. But it’s difficult to come to that conclusion simply by looking at the stat sheet. Night in and night out, AD is putting up impressive numbers – in fact, he’s putting up better numbers than last season.
Davis is averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per game on 52 percent shooting from the field. He’s also on pace to finish with a better PER (25.29) than last season. If there’s one area where he’s “struggled” so far this season, it’s his 3-point shooting efficiency. He’s 19 percent on the season. However, he’s only taking about two per game.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis said the team could benefit from taking on an underdog mentality after Thursday night’s 108-95 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Davis, who tallied 22 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers’ record fell to 13-13, said their standard of play hasn’t lived up to their status as one of the NBA’s preseason favorites.
“[Opponents] feel like they’re the underdogs when they’re coming in, especially when they’re without their star players, and we got to play like we’re the underdogs,” Davis told reporters. “Which now, at this point of the season, the way we’re playing, a lot of games, we probably are.”
Anthony Davis was recently named to the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, and while he certainly won’t be taken off, his play of late is not worthy of being on that list…and that’s a problem for the Lakers.
To be clear, LA’s issues go well beyond AD. The roster as a whole is old and poorly constructed. However, Davis being one of the best players on the planet, a trajectory it appeared he was on, would be a rather large fix.
The Lakers are a long, long way from where they expected to be over a quarter of the way into the season. At 13-13 after a disgusting loss to a shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies team on Thursday, they are a very, very far cry from a team that was, on paper, designed to be the team to beat in the Western Conference.
The blame can be placed in any number of areas. The roster is old, they have dealt with numerous injuries already, and the Lakers’ stars, starting with LeBron James, appear completely uninterested in playing defense or even staying engaged on offense at times. Whispers continue to swirl around Frank Vogel’s job security, though most of those whispers (for now) are coming from outside the Lakers franchise itself. Russell Westbrook has been as advertised—both the good and the bad.
At many points over the season, the Lakers have looked like a team in need of some sort of jolt in order to wake them up and get them closer to reaching their potential. And the ultimate authority to make such a change — like, say, firing Vogel, or making a major trade — lies with Lakers governor Jeanie Buss.
Just when it looked like they were in the process of finally turning the corner and building some momentum off their best win of the season, they reverted back to the middling team they’ve been for the majority of their 2021-22 campaign.
Their latest embarrassment: a 108-95 loss to the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night at the FedExForum.
The story of Los Angeles’ season has been its alarming lack of consistency — both from an execution and effort standpoint. The phrase coach Frank Vogel and multiple players have used most often has been one step forward, two steps back.
As is the theme for the 2021-22 season for the Los Angeles Lakers, they once again somehow laid a dud after an impressive win. The Lakers followed up their blowout victory against the Boston Celtics with a disappointing loss to a shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies team.
Los Angeles actually looked like the more energetic team in the first quarter as they were flying around the floor and getting out on the run, but Memphis battled back behind their young stable of players and took control of the game in the second. From that point on, the Lakers found themselves climbing uphill and were unable to get over the hump.
After a convincing double-digit win against the Boston Celtics, the Lakers had hoped to build on that momentum and beat a Grizzlies team down key players like Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks.
Just when it looked like the Lakers would be putting their inconsistent run behind them, they had yet another disappointing performance. Hopes were high for the Lakers, especially after their statement win against the Boston Celtics. But they slipped up again, this time against the Memphis Grizzlies, who were without Ja Morant.
Lakers fans were understandably upset, with some even suggesting that the team should trade every player other than LeBron James. This performance was yet another setback for the Lakers, who can’t seem to get a run going. Charles Barkley even predicted that the Lakers won’t win 6 games in a row this season.
LeBron James becomes fifth NBA player to reach 100 triple-doubles, but LA Lakers still lose to Memphis Grizzlies
(CNN)Superstar LeBron James became just the fifth player in NBA history to reach 100 triple-doubles for his career, but his feat was marred by the Los Angeles Lakers’ 108-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.The four-time NBA champion put up 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists at the FedExForum as the Lakers dropped to a 13-13 record and seventh place in the Western Conference.James joins his fellow Lakers teammate Russell Westbrook in the top five of all-time regular season triple-double leaders, with Westbrook sitting comfortably in first place with 189.
The Lakers’ season has been blighted by inconsistency as the new ‘Big Three’ of James, Westbrook and Anthony Davis continue to struggle meshing together on the court.