Anthony Davis laid issues out plain and easy for the Lakers after a 107-83 loss to the Timberwolves on Friday: They aren’t a championship staff—at the very least in the meanwhile.
“We received to determine who we wish to be,” Davis said after the game. “A championship staff? That is not us proper now,” Davis mentioned. “We’re not successful a championship the way in which we’re taking part in. We received to be higher, and we received to care extra for our wins at dwelling. Wins typically. That was embarrassing.”
The Lakers took a five-point lead into halftime earlier than being outscored 40-12 within the third quarter in opposition to Minnesota, which got here into the sport with the third-fewest wins within the Western Convention.
In accordance to ESPN, the Lakers have been outscored by 83 factors within the third quarter to begin the season—the worst level differential of any staff in any quarter to this point.
“We sucked,” Davis mentioned when requested in regards to the third. “No protection. Cannot rating. That is not simply this third quarter, [it’s] each third quarter we have performed this season.
“We come out sluggish, lackadaisical offensively and defensively. We received to get it collectively. Why? I can not let you know. However we received to do a greater job.”
The Lakers are nonetheless ready on the return of LeBron James, who coach Frank Vogel mentioned is again to taking part in on-court actions. The 36-year-old star sustained an belly damage in opposition to the Rockets on Nov. 2, which has prompted him to miss 5 video games.
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