The Los Angeles Lakers had their worst loss in 1,075 days when they fell to the lowly New Orleans Pelicans 114-80. The game was a complete disaster for the team and only one player (D’Angelo Russell) scored at least 10 points while Rajon Rondo poured in 12 assists on 8 of 13 shooting from three. Three things we need to know about this disastrous defeat are what caused it, Kobe Bryant’s opinion on his own performance and how LeBron James feels today.
The “lakers losing streak 2021” is a long and painful one. The Lakers have lost 20 consecutive games, making it their worst loss in 1,075 days.
The struggling Los Angeles Lakers (21-22) were defeated 133-96 by the short-handed Denver Nuggets (22-19) at Ball Arena on Saturday night, their biggest loss of the 2021-22 NBA season.
The Nuggets’ score was the Lakers’ heaviest margin of loss in almost three years — you had to go back to Feb. 5, 2019, when the Lakers were thrashed by the Indiana Pacers by 42 points, which is still LeBron James’ career-high margin of defeat.
The Lakers are defeated by the Nuggets, 133-96.
It’s LeBron’s and the Lakers’ worst loss since February 5, 2019. (a 42-point loss to Indiana).
Points allowed by the Lakers in the past five games: 114, 118, 127, 125, 133 — 123. a total of 4 PPG
January 16, 2022 — Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA)
There were no silver linings to be seen in this performance. The Lakers had two days off after a humiliating loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, which came three days after they were thrashed by the Memphis Grizzlies at home.
Here are three factors that contributed to the Lakers’ humiliating defeat in Denver.
1) Effort on defense
In their last five games, the Lakers have given up an average of 123.4 points. They didn’t put up much of a fight at Mile High, allowing the Nuggets to go hot early and frequently. Denver’s role players, headed by youngster Bones Hyland (27 points, 8-of-15 FG, 6-10 from 3) and veteran Jeff Green, started to hoist with confidence (26 points, 10-of-14 FG).
@NBATV’s Bones Hyland is shaking and scoring! pic.twitter.com/tzV39cwjxy
January 16, 2022 — NBA (@NBA)
Denver shot 51.6 percent from the field overall and 57.5 percent (23-of-40) from beyond the arc. The Lakers were outrebounded by ten and forced just six turnovers.
Dwight Howard remarked, “I’m upset to lose like this.” “We shouldn’t have to have that debate about how to play better defense.” We should all be sick of hearing it and do something about it. It shouldn’t come up again.”
In transition, the Nuggets outscored the Lakers 23-9.
Russell Westbrook said, “Teams are simply playing tougher than us.” “It’s as simple as that.”
Frank Vogel (Frank Vogel): “When you’re being kicked in the balls, you’re going to witness some ugly body language… We need to improve our perseverance.”
January 16, 2022 — Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA)
Nikola Jokic (no. 2)
Containing the league’s reigning MVP was the Lakers’ major defensive job for the evening. Due to the lack of (healthy or excellent) tall players, the currently small-ball Lakers reintroduced Dwight Howard into the starting lineup.
Dwight was the Lakers’ most productive player in the first quarter, so it seemed to work (11 points). It was, predictably, unsustainable. In the second quarter, Jokic began personally roasting Howard and starting finding open teammates or scoring on practically every possession.
On Dwight Howard, Nikola Jokic is doing MVP things. pic.twitter.com/0orFJlm67J
January 16, 2022 — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp)
By the third quarter, Jokic had a triple-double, the Nuggets had blown the game wide, and Howard had been benched in favor of DeAndre Jordan (an ill-advised shot-clock three-point try definitely didn’t excite Frank Vogel).
Joker had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists in the game.
The moral of the tale is that the Lakers need Anthony Davis back as soon as possible.
Jokic left LeBron unsure of what to do (something he’s done a lot to opposition defenders)… pic.twitter.com/LpEqvzdTvT
January 16, 2022 — John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann)
3) The Lakers’ wings were not present.
The Lakers usually need at least one — if not more — of their wings to help LeBron James win games (and, Russell Westbrook, I guess.) That was not the case in Denver.
LeBron scored 25 points despite missing his jumper (9-of-23). Westbrook made 7 of 15 shots for 19 points.
Aside from that, Los Angeles didn’t get anything from the supporting actors. Malik Monk (4 points in 25 minutes) has cooled down, Avery Bradley (3 points in 20 minutes), Talen Horton-Tucker (3 points, 1-of-5 FG), Austin Reaves (5 points, 1-of-5 FG), and Wayne Ellington were all non-factors on both ends (3 points in 15 minutes). Stanley Johnson and Trevor Ariza combined for 11 points.
The Lakers are presently 6-15 versus clubs in their respective conference’s top ten.
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