The mood around the locker room and during postgame interviews after Sunday's loss to the
Here are five takeaways from Sunday's 123-114 loss.
1. The Lakers coaches addressed two problems with one move on Sunday. They hadn’t been able to find playing time for
2. What Walton also created was a competitive situation that served the Lakers very well early in the game. Robinson said the two players fed off each other. "We just play our games, go out there and give it all we have and let the end results be the end results," Black said. "We don't look at the stat sheet. I didn't know I was almost at a double-double, and I haven't spoken to him but I'm pretty sure he didn't know either. We just go out there and play." Robinson was one rebound away from a double-double to go with his 12 points. Black was one point and one rebound from a double-double.
3. Even as he's become such a hot shooter, Nick Young has remained one of the Lakers' best defenders. "Tonight he picked up some foul trouble so we had to get him off DeRozan," Walton said. "Obviously everybody's going to slip from time to time but I think for the most part he's been pretty consistent with that defensive effort and spending energy on the defensive end. Even tonight, I didn't agree with the foul call, but he came over from the weak side and did a verticality at the rim when their big [man] was rolling. For our shooting guard that's hot shooting threes to be the guy that makes that read … speaks to how much he's trying to play the right way and be the guy that helps us win."
5. The Lakers backup guards are often a big part of their production from that position, but Sunday Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams combined to go 4 for 16. They each had one assist and missed the free throws they took.