December 9, 2022

Will not "harp" after more poor shooting for the Lakers

Will not “harp” after more poor shooting for the Lakers

Los Angeles – The Lakers can’t take outside kicks. That’s evident after Los Angeles shot 9-for-45 of 3 in Thursday night’s 103-97 loss to the Clippers. That total somehow managed to be worse than the Lakers’ 10-for-40 clip from their opening night loss to the Golden State Warriors.

after a while LeBron James He frankly lamented his team’s lack of a “Laser” on the roster after the Warriors game, and didn’t add to those refrains on Thursday, even after the Lakers scored a zero-for-9 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

“I’m definitely not going to sit here playing what we can’t do in every game,” James said when asked about his team’s increasing errors. “This is not a leader. What do I know we can do? We can defend our ass. We did that tonight, which gave us a chance to win and we couldn’t make it. But, I’m OK with that.”

The Lakers held the Clippers–one of the odds-makers’ favorites for the NBA title–to just 103 points and 80 total shots, with the Lakers pressing the ball pushing the Clippers to 22 turns.

James assured reporters that Los Angeles’ shot would improve but added that it would not be the winning formula for the team.

‘If we rely on [sufficient outside shooting] “Every game, we’re in trouble,” James said. So I’m not worried about that or thinking about it. It’s how hard we play, how aggressive we play, how determined we are to go out and compete every night. And we have to defend. When we defend, we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win.”

There was acknowledgment throughout the team that the Lakers shot in the foot with their running away, but they can’t get away with open looks.

“Don’t let missed blows rob you of your confidence,” he said. Anthony Daviswhich was 2 for 4 of 3 while the rest of the L.A. players were 5 for 29. “Keep shooting, and be confident in your shot. And they’ll fall. You can’t do anything but keep shooting.”

Coach Darvin Hamm said the Lakers’ analytics department determined the team had more high-quality shooting attempts by their metrics than any of the other three teams that played on opening night, adding to his belief that they are the shots his team is supposed to take.

Hamm was asked after the game if shots were open because opposing defenses pack the lane to cut off driving opportunities and the Lakers dare to shoot.

“I think you can say that,” Hamm said. “But, I mean, we just have to take care of our business. That’s how we want to play. If they want to give us those shots, we’ll take it wholeheartedly. I mean, that’s how we want to play. We want to play fast, physically and freely.”

“And again, we see these guys doing shooting in practice and shooting around. And they have to do it on the field. It’s that simple.”

Lakers goalkeeper Russell Westbrook It was a particularly tough shooting night on Thursday, going 0 for 11 overall (including 0 for 6 of 3), but even his night James defended it.

“Just throw it in the toilet and get ready for Sunday,” James said when asked if he had any advice for Westbrook. “He’s a veteran. We’ve all had bad shooting nights. I’ve had bad shooting nights. Everyone in this league has had bad shooting nights. Who cares? I thought he played a great game. Defensively he was in tune. He was locked up. Push the tempo. He just didn’t make any shots, and that’s fine.”

Westbrook, who finished with five steals, four assists and only one spin other than missed strikes, is looking forward to the next game against the Portland Trail Blazers when asked to rate his performance.

He said about his night: “He was crucified.” “You played hard. All you can ask for. Move on to the next stage.”