The Lakers are struggling. Again. Here are five takeaways from their 109-102 loss Wednesday at New Orleans. The game was nowhere near as close as it looked, the Pelicans leading by 17 before the benches were emptied in the final minutes.
1. Defense, defense, defense. Byron Scott said before the game that he hoped the Lakers would be "the initiator. Hit first." Instead they got belted, giving up 60 points in the paint. Somewhat pathetically, they even tried to play zone defense for a bit. Ugh.
3. Carlos Boozer made six of 13 shots, the fifth time in eight games he's made fewer than half his shots. Not a great look for a player with career accuracy of 52% before this season.