The Lakers were at it again Wednesday, losing for the 11th time in a 12-game span. Here are five takeaways from their 113-105 overtime setback at Milwaukee.
1) They really should have won this one. Byron Scott could have defeated his foil, Jason Kidd. The Lakers could have ended the Bucks’ four-game winning streak. But they lost another late lead — six points in under a minute! — and got drilled in overtime. Same ol’ Lakers.
2)Jordan Clarkson had done pretty well for himself, earning high marks in his first two weeks as a starting NBA point guard. But he was scoreless Wednesday, missing four shots and canceling out three assists with three turnovers. Scott didn’t seem too concerned. The rookie shouldn't be either.
3) Reserve big man Ed Davis had 20 rebounds, an impressive display. Reserve forward Carlos Boozer had 28 points, also impressive. Maybe one of them will crack the starting lineup soon, especially with Ryan Kelly going scoreless (again) and Tarik Black scoring only five points.
4) Another strange night for Jeremy Lin. Made only two of 12 shots, but provided an apparently insurmountable lead with his three-pointer near the one-minute mark in regulation. But the Bucks answered with a three-pointer, Lin then air-balled another three-point attempt and O.J. Mayo sent the game into overtime with a three of his own. Lin had six assists but also six fouls.
5)Wesley Johnson might have epitomized the Lakers’ plight. He left the game in the second quarter, sustaining a sprained ankle after making a three-pointer. He got his ankle re-taped and returned for the third quarter. But then he got poked in the eye and sprawled out on the court for a minute or so. Tough night for him. And his teammates.