The Lakers could’ve practiced Sunday in an effort to log some extra gym time, to try to correct some of the poor free-throw shooting and turnover woes that left them winless during the first three games of their trip.
They certainly needed the work. But they needed the rest more so they got the day off.
It’s a challenge both Lakers coach Luke Walton and Phoenix Suns coach Jay Triano face with two of the NBA’s youngest rosters, groups of players who are not all conditioned for the grind of an 82-game season.
“You have to go through it,” Triano said Monday. “I don’t think there’s any way you can tell a guy that ‘we have four games this...