Turns out the Lakers still have problems.
It's more of a general statement these days, devastatingly so for a team headed toward its worst season ever, but the issues were localized once again Tuesday with a 104-103 loss to the
The only NBA franchise in the college-basketball-rich state took it to the Lakers as
If Charlotte acted as if it had more interest in winning than the Lakers, it did. The victory pulled the Hornets into a tie with Brooklyn for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
The Lakers' effort was game for the most part, led by Jeremy Lin (23 points, eight assists) and Jordan Clarkson (19 points, four assists).
But there was another poor third quarter and a 50-50 score became an 11-point deficit five minutes after halftime ended.
There was one more possibility — hockey-style substitutions.
"The first two minutes of that third quarter, if they're not playing, take everybody out," Scott said. "Maybe I'll have to try that the next game."
The Hornets' public-address announcer was off his game too, crediting a successful fourth-quarter jumper to Portland's
It didn't really matter.
Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes but didn't play in the fourth quarter.
Scott said it was because
Boozer seemed fine with it in a season in which he has lost his starting job, been benched for an entire game, got his starting job back and now was held out of a fourth quarter.
"A lot of guys haven't played in the fourth quarter in games that are close, so I think Coach is trying to let them guys get some experience and get used to it for maybe the future," he said. "The only way you learn how to do it is by being out there. The circle of life, brother."