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Game Recap: Defense Fails As Lakers Fall To Mavericks Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers head to Dallas for the first game of a Texas back-to-back against the Mavericks. The Lakers are coming off one of their worst showings of the season The Lakers head to Dallas for the first game of a Texas back-to-back against the Mavericks. The Lakers are coming off one of their worst showings of the season Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Defense Fails As Lakers Fall To Mavericks

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The Lakers head to Dallas for the first game of a Texas back-to-back against the Mavericks. The Lakers are coming off one of their worst showings of the season in a home loss to the Denver Nuggets and have now lost seven of their last eight games.

The team has decided to keep Pau Gasol for the time being, but has waived forward Shawne Williams to avoid paying the rest of his contract for the season. The Mavericks are 19-15 but coming off a loss to the New York Knicks.

First Quarter

Jodie Meeks got the team off to a great start with seven quick points and he and Pau Gasol scored 18 of the team’s first 20 points. Unfortunately the Lakers failed to take care of the ball and the Mavericks made them pay. Jose Calderon had five assists in the first nine minutes and Shawn Marion and Dejuan Blair scored eight points each as the Mavericks built a 25-20 lead. Ryan Kelly would come in and provide a spark as he would draw a foul and then assist on a Wesley Johnson three-pointer. Defense was optional in this quarter as both teams got hot at the end of the quarter. Despite three straight Jordan Hill baskets the Lakers trail 33-31 after the first.

Second Quarter

The Lakers got off to a slow start in the second quarter, but three-pointers by Ryan Kelly and Jodie Meeks kept the team close early in the quarter. The Lakers were unable to guard Dirk Nowitzki as he hit six of his first eight shots. Meeks had three steals only halfway through the second quarter and his free throws tied the game at 43. The Lakers defense is their worst enemy so far as the Mavs were shooting 60 percent halfway through the quarter. Sacre’s turnover and subsequent Mavericks fastbreak layup pushed the Mavs lead to six as Vince Carter came in off the bench to score 12 points. The teams traded some misses over the last minute of the half and a Jordan Hill free throw brought the Lakers within seven as they trailed 60-53.

Third Quarter

A Sacre jumper got the scoring started for the Lakers but they went cold for a while before a Kendall Marshall three  got them going again. The defense continued to be the main issue for the Lakers as baskets by Dejuan Blair and Dirk Nowitzki pushed the Mavs lead to ten. A Sacre jumper and Marshall three cut the lead in half. Marshall began heating up and had a couple of impressive layups, but his turnovers have been a problem tonight. The Lakers still trailed by nine with three minutes left in the quarter despite a good offensive showing. Wesley Johnson hit a beautiful three-pointer to cut the lead to eight and after a couple of traded baskets the Lakers trailed 85-77 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Jodie Meeks hit a quick three to get the scoring going, followed by Dirk and Wesley trading baskets as the Lakers trailed only by five. The Lakers had a couple of horrible possessions in the beginning of the quarter, ending in Sacre and Hill fadeaways that missed. A Dirk jumper and the Mavs lead was back to seven. The Lakers look close to falling apart as back-to-back turnovers lead to Monta Ellis baskets and the Mavs are back up 11. The Lakers offense continued to put up a fight but ultimately their defense couldn’t get the stops needed as they would fall to the Mavericks, 110-97.

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  • Lakers Fan

    All I can do is SMH. A sad time in Laker Nation. Get used to it folks.

    • Jim213

      What can you expect from an inept FO and coach who’s all in for starting players who get cut. But let’s look at the bright side…

      • e3bonz

        What was the point of waiving Williams?

        • Jim213

          IMO, inconsistent play but mostly to keep another roster spot open.

    • Jim213

      • Grand Marshall

        I am going to let loose on the idiots in the Lakers Front Office they both think that Clueless Mike Dumbphony Dumbtoni is the right coach for this team??????Lol hehehe that is too freaking funny.Lakers become the old Clippers by tanking for the next Kobe Bryant and they end up with the next Reggie Williams.

        Lakers hope Andrew Wiggins is the next Kobe but he is selected by another team.Lakers should know by now this draft is way overrated and that Wiggins can barely beat shitty teams in College Basketball.Andrew Wiggins is a average college player with unmatched athletic ability.

        Jabari Parker is going to the Utah Jazz since he is Mormon and the NBA wants to market it’s star players to the fullest.Jabari is Mormon and Utah will love him being a Jazz.Joel Emiid is a big project that can be great or just a bust.Jim Buss needed to figure this out.Clippers drafted the so called sure thing Danny Manning and he was never the same after his major injury.

  • kobe24

    Honestly not even surprised anymore. Keep expecting losses and lets hope we keep it below twenty wins (just beat the Clippers, Rockets :P) and we’ll get top 5 pick forsure.

    On the other hand I think KM played fairly well today. Obviously didn’t rack up those 15/17 assist but 6 assist is decent. He did have quite a lot of TO (6!) however that will slowly decrease with the amount of game experience he has in the NBA. Shot damn well though 7-10. Didn’t really watch the game so I can’t say anything else

    • e3bonz

      I think he shot more, because Swaggy was ice cold tonight. Kobe24, get League Pass.

      • kobe24

        What do you mean by get league pass lol.

        I’d like to say my comment was pretty on spot. And he shot more? No he didn’t I don’t know what you are talking about he shot 10 shots today and 10 shots last game against Denver.

        Now, I’m not saying 6 assist is bad but I’m just saying compared to these past two games he hasn’t racked that many assist tonight (although those numbers 15,17 were just insane)

        So before you tell anyone to “get league pass” please look at the box score maybe before saying “I think he shot more”

        • e3bonz

          No, you misunderstand. I thought you were not able to watch because of a blackout or not being on cable in your area. So, I was promoting League Pass as a way to catch some of these games. I would only get to see about 5 games a month without it.

          • kobe24

            Oh, now you make me sound like a douche lol. Thanks for the heads up but I live near LA and got Time Warner Cable to broadcast every game haha

  • Lakers

    No surprise there

  • e3bonz

    The Dallas point guards had the good numbers, plus I will say, stop the points in the paint, too many easy buckets on missed rotations.

  • Dwayne

    Not a lick of defense down low. I’ve had it with the excuses like “well, It’s not Paus game to be physical, he’s a finesse guy” BS. Defense us all about effort and drive. I guess what can you expect when the big guy with the 2 rings and the “most skilled big man” title ( which is a joke nowadays btw), the supposed veteran leader of the team, only cares about his touches on offense and nothing else. Yea, he will get you 20prts, but it’s all for naught when the Mavs score like 60 pts in the paint. Best course now is to keep on losing and head into the offseason with cap space and if we are lucky, a top 5 or better pick.

    • e3bonz

      Pau, was not the problem. It missed rotations by Wes, Sac & Hill.

    • Matt Williams

      Pau actually block a couple of shots tonight. The guards can’t defend beyond the arc. Plus Dirk is a bitch to defend. Not to say he’s a bitch cause I respect him so much. But he’s difficult.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeah the Lakers big men sucked on defense tonight then again what’s new.

  • Hugh

    Why is Rambis not taking any? He’s in charge of the Defense right? I guess a good chunk of the blame are on the players too but everyone just gets tunnel vision and lay it all on the coach. I get there’s a void in talent, and whatever talent left on the team us either injured or soft beyond repair. But go out there and have some pride and play hard even if you know you’re being whipped.

    • e3bonz

      They had it down to only 4 points. but Dallas got some shots and out hustled us. I see player fatigue as a factor in these last few games especially in the fourth.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    If the Lakers keeping playing like this they will be in the cellar dweller in the Western Conference.This Lakers team might break the record for worst Lakers team ever.Any stat Lakers historian out there want to be kind enough to let us know what the worst record for the Lakers ever was???Damn this sucks.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    tHE Lakers looked lost again tonight… it seems like there is not one individual on the floor who is willing to take the lead and take all the heat, no one is telling no one where and when to be, they are just too nice all of them… I miss Kobe. Pau really is just a follower, he can’t lead men.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      In fairness, Kendal Marshall did instruct and call the plays.. but he is a new comer, he doesn’t command respect yet among the players… it is what it is.

      • kobe24

        Also he’s young, not saying that young players can’t lead but he has yet to make more bond and chemistry to the team (only been there for a couple of weeks now)

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          agree… leadership.. that is what this team needs… good solid leadership, one who takes the heat no matter what is happening on the floor.

          • e3bonz

            KM was great, but we are really missing X on the drive

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            Great? 6 ast & 6 TOs

    • e3bonz

      I saw a few times in the game, Pau upset with some defensive lapses and pointing it out to team mates.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        yeah, i saw it.. but he was just too nice about it… he should chastise his team mates when needed. That’s why I love Kobe…

        • e3bonz

          Tis true, when Kobe talks to you, you remember.

      • KC

        Honestly, with the way Pau “plays” D, he has no business calling out his teammates for their defensive lapses. Saw the fame tonight and he was every bit as guilty if missed and lazy rotations, and half assed in challenging shots.

        • e3bonz

          I thought you said you didn’t watch the game?

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    This group of lakers has lost their fight… I am not sure what happened in the ;last couple of weeks.. but they just have a different vibe. Their aint a tad of swag in them. The last 5 minutes of every game they always crumble. I think expereince has a lot to do with it. and this team has nothing to show for it, except Pau and he is messed up in his mind right now.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Just like they say, “bad teams find a way to lose… and good teams find a way to win.” And right now we are one of the team “who is finding ways to lose”.

  • e3bonz

    Swaggy was cold tonight only 2 points on 1-7 shooting.

    • e3bonz

      Back problems, that would explain it.

  • Danny E. Pagan

    coaching is not the problem, u could have Phil Jackson with Pat Riley and Pop as his assistants and they would still be 10-14 place in the conference. Coaching is a little overrated in basketball, you need talent to win, you never saw Phil winning with a crappy team, he won cause he had the best players. If you want to win you need a loaded team and a good coach but you aint winning anything with a bad team even with a good coach. Lakers simply don’t have a good team and on top of that the team is decimated with injuries. I get why some people would blame Jim and Mitch for bringing in Dwight, Nash, D’antoni etc but I really don’t get why people keep putting the blame strictly on D’antoni for the losing. The roster sucks and the best players are injured, you fire D’antoni right now and put in Byron Scott they aint winning sh#t either.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      somewhat agree… yes, you got to have top level talent… but you also got to have supporting cast and chemistry.. top talent alone don’t win you anything…. it’s a combination of these factors that does. But you are right… this Lakers team as presently constructed has below average talent over all.

      • Danny E. Pagan

        Yeah i just think fans should complain more about the talent level of the team. Put pressure on the organization to bring in the best talent out there but all you read and hear is how they need to fire the coach. I think people are so dug in into this D’antoni is the problem thing that they are going to be happy and satisfied when the Lakers fire him and the Lakers organization is going to get another pass for putting together another potentially crappy roster. The noise fans should be creating should be about bringing in the best talent.

        • Jim213

          One of a few comments that I agree with you on as this is why a lot of the blame has to go to FO. They’ve failed to build a starting rotation b/c they were all in for DH without having a plan b or c or d all the way up to z. Yet they’re seem more focused on bringing in another player like Melo rather than build a strong solid starting lineup first.

    • e3bonz

      Only Meeks showed some aggression, but then he had the hot hand.

  • Alvon Woods

    We’re NEVER gonna be successful with an Unsuccessful Coach…..Period!!

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