It’s nicely documented that the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled in mild of accidents to LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. In their absence, it has been as much as younger gamers like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram to select up the tempo. However, it hasn’t been straightforward because the crew has gone 1-5 in James’ absence. The most up-to-date loss got here on Sunday with a 108-86 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
After the sport, Lakers head coach Luke Walton mentioned his youthful gamers and the way he’d prefer to see only a bit extra from them transferring ahead.
“They’re making an attempt, however they’re younger,” Walton mentioned relating to Ball and Ingram, based on ESPN. “At some level, we want extra ardour. We want extra struggle. And that is not scoring extra. That’s extra diving for unfastened balls, speaking loudly, grabbing [rebounds].
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Kuzma has additionally been out with decrease again harm recently, which has made it even tougher for the Lakers to get issues going. Ball completed with zero factors within the sport, his second scoreless sport of the season.
“We weren’t bodily sufficient,” Ball explained. “That’s an enormous, sturdy crew over there. I do not assume we introduced the struggle right this moment.”
The Lakers will attempt to get again within the profitable swing of issues after they tackle the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.