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Game Recap: Third Quarter Woes Continue To Haunt Lakers

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The Lakers are on the road and will be for a while as they go on their annual Grammy road trip. They are coming off a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at home and head to Phoenix to face the Suns. The Suns are 21-16 and rejuvenated this year after a regrettable season last year. Jordan Hill replaced Robert Sacre in the starting lineup. The Suns will miss their point guard Eric Bledsoe, who tore his meniscus and will be out indefinitely.

First Quarter

The Lakers once again come out sloppy and gave up the early lead to the Suns. Turnovers continue to be a problem for the Lakers, but more importantly they have problems protecting the paint and rebounding on both ends of the court. The Lakers were able to settle down and make the quarter competitive. Markieff Morris killed the Lakers inside and scored five points. Wesley Johnson led the way with seven points and Chris Kaman chipped in with six. After trailing early, the Lakers were able to close the quarter with a 27-26 lead.

Second Quarter

Lakers stabilized to start the second quarter and the game continued to stay close midway through the quarter. The Lakers were down 36-35 and Nick Young drove to the basket and was fouled hard by rookie Alex Len. Tempers flared and Young wanted to retaliate, but was unable to do so with all the pushing and shoving. Both players were removed from the game. Young actually took a swing at Goran Dragic and could face a possible suspension. The Lakers seemed to be inspired by Nick Young’s fighting spirit and took a ten point lead with a few minutes left in the second. The Suns were able to storm back and cut the deficit to four. Jodie Meeks and Kaman both had ten and the Lakers were leading 54-58 at the break.

Third Quarter

The Suns were able to grab the lead early in the third quarter. It seems like a broken record, but the Lakers could not control the glass. The Lakers managed to play better and keep the game close. The Suns would go on to outscore 34-24 in the third quarter. Gerald Green has 26 points so far and he led all scorers. Johnson led the Lakers with 17 points as they trailed 88-82.

Fourth Quarter

Lakers started the fourth strong, but were unable to take the lead from the Suns. The Lakers’ interior defense continued to be a problem for the Lakers. Johnson had a great game and kept the Lakers close. Unfortunately, the Lakers started to get sloppy and the Suns were able to extend their lead to ten midway through the fourth quarter. While the Lakers made a mini-run at the end of the game, they lost 121-114.

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  • WEWANTPHIL

    6 STRAIGHT OPPONENTS WITH 110 PTS OR MORE VS THE LAKERS??? Seriously?? C’mon, D’Antoni, you can score all the points you want but if you play no defense you’ll never win. And fyi, we’re not even scoring that great. We’re shooting outside shot after outside shot instead of taking it to the paint like all the teams do to us. When we ran our offense through Chris Kaman in the 2nd quarter, our offense looked good and we were getting easy shots. Lastly, when we post up Pau, the other 4 teammates are just standing still and not looking to get open. Overall, we suck and we will continue to suck until we get rid of D’Antoni and hire Phil. So frustrating.

    • Lakers Fan

      Dude Phil is not fucking coming back!!! Get over it!!

      • WEWANTPHIL

        Well, with Jim Buss in now obviously not. He has a giant ego. But to be honest, even if we brought in a George Karl things would be way better.

  • Lakers Fan

    Man. That top pick is looking soooo nice right now.

    • LakeShow

      6th worst in the league. At current pace, it’s possible for the Lakers to select Wiggins/Parker/Embiid/Exum. Be patient for this year, good thing will come next year!

      • Lakers Fan

        The Lakers will be 14-31 when they get back home from the Grammy road trip. I don’t see them winning a game on this road trip. To make matters worse, they play Indiana their first game back home. So that’s another lose penciled in. That will make us 14-32. We could possibly have a top 3 pick in this upcoming draft, and honestly we need that top pick BAD.

      • Jim213

        Start praying given the ineptness of FO. Yes, may end up with a great pick but you still have to build a roster around your top players. Given all their bad moves leaves doubt into what pickups they can attain/attract to LA.

  • The Lakers Tank Commander

    Lakers lost they have the 6th pick.Up 1 spot since last game.Record 14-25.Tank!

  • LakeShow

    Tank baby tank! Wiggins/Parker/Embiid/Exum, who is it going to?

    • Jim213

      No need to tank with the way they’re playing. However, I’d start t0making calls to acquire other players for the future given the FA’s next season. Might as well try and find some suitors for Kaman, Meeks, and Pau. Have to get something for the long term success out of these players given that they’d likely be signing elsewhere.

      Yes, Meeks playing good but it’s either Blake or Meeks and unfortunately Blake is injured though if he doesn’t shoe anything after his return FO shouldn’t resign him IMO.

  • Jim213

    Hopefully inept FO can put a small trade to get something for Pau before the trade deadline. Managed to follow the game with a few minutes left in the 3rd but didn’t see anything different from Pau: stripped balls, bad passes, and unable to finish under the rim is old news.

    Aside of that they can’t play defense and make jumpers. Three or four FAs should return next season as hopefully inept FO pickups bangers who bring effort on a nightly basis. But for FO’s sake best to dismiss the coach close to the end of the season given that all his teams have had trouble playing defense.

    • Lakers Fan

      I think this years Lakers team defense takes the cake. 6 straight games with 110+ points? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a teams defense so bad. MDA might be gone before this season is over with, injured roster or not. This shit is ridiculous.

      • Jim213

        IMO, no point in canning him now but for brand sake it’s best if he didn’t return next season. Not being able to motivate players consistently is his job and the players who don’t show up should be shiiped out after the season.

        But his stubbornness has cost them a few games as given that they’re not making the playoffs might as well start looking towards the long term prosperity which goes for making some trades.

  • mama love

    the rate at which these guys are going down.. injuries, ejections, suspensions, etc Lakers fans should suit up and show up at Lakers bench and make themselves available to log in a few minutes too.. at least there would be some Laker spirit and people backing team mates when needed (start a tradition – Lakers 6th man :))

  • OP_Albania

    Eyes on the draft, keep loosing… the more we go down, the more we will go up ;-)

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