Five takeaways from the Lakers' loss to the Atlanta Hawks

Five things to take away from the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-77 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at Staples Center:

1) Call it the rookie blues.

Back on Tuesday night, D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 39 points, celebrating in the process, declaring himself to have ice in his veins.

Russell followed that up with 24 points on Wednesday night at Denver.

But on Friday night, Russell was way off the mark.

He was three-for-16 from the field, one-for-six from three-point range.

He had five turnovers, five assists and was a minus-26 in the plus-minus category.

“Just one of those nights for me,” Russell said. “Same shots, same flow. Just one of those nights.”

2) The Lakers were so horrible at stopping Atlanta that Coach Byron Scott was forced to try a zone defense in the fourth quarter.

That didn’t work either.

The Lakers’ defense was shredded, allowing the Hawks to make 54.4% of their shots, 46.4% of their three-pointers.

The Lakers' transition defense was victimized by Atlanta for 27 fast-break points. The Lakers had just two.

3) Julius Randle remains a double-double machine.

Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds, his 26th double-double of the season, tying him for 14th-best in the NBA.

For the 52nd time this season, Randle led the Lakers in rebounding.

“I feel comfortable,” he said. “I’m just trying to build on it every game and take it to another level.”

4) If the Lakers could take anything good away from the loss to the Hawks, it was their effort on the backboards.

The Lakers outrebounded the Hawks, 46-39. The Lakers had 17 offensive rebounds.

Then again, the Lakers had plenty of rebounds to get. They were 29 of 85 from the field.

Besides the 10 rebounds Randle collected, Larry Nance Jr. had nine and Brandon Bass had seven.

5) Of the 11 Lakers who played Friday night, not one of them had a plus in the plus-minus department.

Russell was the worst, at minus-26. Marcelo Huertas was next at minus-24, Anthony Brown at minus-23 and Randle at minus-20.

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