1. The Lakers have played only two teams with losing records this season but have lost both of those games.
Through 16 games, the Lakers have had a very difficult schedule, but falling 101-94 at home to the
Minnesota played without key players such as point guard
2. The Lakers have played about 20% of the season and are now two games behind the Timberwolves for last place in the Western Conference.
Only the 0-15 Philadelphia 76ers are worse than the Lakers. The
"Sooner or later you're going to get tired of getting the crap beat out of you," he said. "You start to man up and do things you're supposed to do. It's as simple as that. You can't play good hard-nosed basketball one night and look at the opponent the next night and say, 'Oh, we have an easy one.' It doesn't work that way in this sport."
4. The Lakers shot 53.9% from the field and a reasonable 38.1% (eight of 21) from three-point range. They won the rebound battle by three overall (35-32) and five on the offensive glass (12-7). The Wolves had 19 turnovers to the Lakers' 14. The Lakers generated 12 steals to Minnesota's eight. In three quarters, the Lakers scored at least 28 points (30, 28 and 38) before managing 23 in the fourth. How did they manage to lose with those numbers?
The answer is defense, or lack thereof. The Wolves shot 57% from the field, 55.6% from behind the arc (10-18) and dished 37 assists to the Lakers' 27. In addition to the poor defensive performance, the Lakers missed key free throws, including a pair from
Lin had just missed a long-range attempt before he was replaced by
Lin didn't return, and the Timberwolves would go on to score five more points to the Lakers' four. Ellington finished with five points on two-of-seven shooting.
Given Lin's night offensively, was Ellington enough of an upgrade for Scott to justify the player swap? Maybe not, but consider, the two Minnesota point guards combined to score 53 points on 19-of-27 shooting (70.4%). Was there a right answer for the Lakers' coach?