1. As if his inconsistent play hasn't been frustrating enough for Lakers fans and coaches, point guard D'Angelo Russell seemed to suffer from a case of selective amnesia Wednesday night.
Asked about his apparently heated discussions with center
Russell was told that he appeared to chew out Zubac early in the game when Russell’s entry pass went off Zubac’s hands for a turnover that led to
Ring a bell?
"I don't remember, honestly," Russell said.
Ingram shed some light on Russell's message.
"Just to finish," he said. "That's basically what we're talking about, trying to finish the ballgame and trying to regroup."
2. While Russell, Ingram and Nick Young participate in
“It will be nice to have a day to reflect on everything, where we’re at,” Walton said. “I’ll sit down with all the coaches, talk to them, discuss where we want to go moving forward, what’s best for the guys developmental-wise. When time allows, I’m sure I’ll sit down with Mitch and Jim and
3. After missing six of his first nine shots, Russell warmed up and scored 21 points on seven-of-20 shooting and two of six three-pointers. With his two long-range shots, Russell tied
Russell won't get a chance to pass James because he turns 22 on Feb. 23, the day before the Lakers play their next game. Did tying James, who is recognized as one of the top players in NBA history, mean anything to Russell?
"Yes and no, to a certain extent," he said. "I didn't have a clue about that, but to be mentioned with him is cool."
4. The Suns dominated the Lakers in virtually every statistical category, including field-goal percentage (55.7% to 37.6%), rebounds (59-36), assists (32-16), points in the paint (60-34), fast-break points (41-16) and blocked shots (10-3).
Two of those blocks came on the same possession early in the third quarter, when Marquese Chriss rejected Ingram's driving attempt, and TJ Warren snuffed Nick Young's attempt to score on a follow shot.
Later in the third quarter, Jordan Clarkson drove for what he thought would be a fast-break basket, only to be rejected by Devin Booker.
"It started in practice [Tuesday], we had a really intense practice," Booker said. "We kept saying, 'There's no way we're going to beat each other up in practice like this and not come to the game and do it.' We did that. We protected the rim and defended well."
5. When the Lakers are fatigued mentally and physically, like they were in the second game of a back-to-back and in their final game before the All-Star break Wednesday night, they can look helpless, even against one of the worst teams in the NBA, like the Suns.
"Today was very frustrating, and going into the break like this is tough," Young said. "You have to keep a level head and clear your head. We still have 20-something games left. We have to finish things off the right way. … You have to look at yourself in the mirror and see what you can do better. Come back and finish the season strong."