The story from Thursday night was more about the way the
What I noticed most about the game against the
It reminds me a little bit of last season’s hesitance to discuss
Here are some other takeaways from the Lakers' 111-95 loss to the Wizards.
1. It looked for a while like this would be one of only two games this season in which the Lakers never had a chance. They did make a push in the fourth quarter to get themselves within nine points, but against a good team on the second night of a back-to-back, they didn't have enough. "I think we mentally gave in a little bit," Walton said. "Our guys were trying. It is hard. Not to make excuses but when you fly across the country and you play against two of the best teams in the East, these teams will be competing for an Eastern Conference title later this year. … Let's learn from this. Take the whipping we took and get better from this."
2. Walton was asked how he will keep Ball from losing confidence in his shot. “It’s different for everyone,” he said. “I played with
3. There is some weariness from opponents about all the conversation concerning Ball, but they aren’t directing that at the player himself. Someone asked
4. The Lakers had been leaning on their defense to keep them in games and to win some that they might not have otherwise. Against Boston and Washington they struggled defensively to start the game. Boston was more physical, or as Walton put it, "they punked us." Washington was more sharp. In the first quarter the Wizards shot better than 60% against the Lakers. Meanwhile, the Lakers made only 36% of their shots overall.
5. Ingram knows a little bit about what Ball is experiencing. "Every game I played maybe up until April, … I didn't feel good about my shot at all," Ingram said. "I was thinking it'll come quicker." Ingram was also a second overall pick, but he didn't have nearly the same pressure that Ball faces. He also said that Ball, as the point guard, is in a position in whjch his teammates can help him get better at that particular part of his game.