The Lakers want to see the big picture and see what they will look like when they are whole.
However, on nights like Friday, when the Lakers are losing in the third quarter and lacking in effort, they don’t “win the championship the way we play.”
So Anthony Davis summed up the Lakers’ 107-83 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center in front of 18,997 fans.
“The champion team is not us now,” Davis said.
Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ loss:
1. Davis wants to “ponder the big picture” when LeBron James (sprain), Trevor Arisa (right ankle), Talen Horton-Tucker (right thumb), Kendrick Nunn (bruised right knee) and Austin Reeves (left hamstring) ) strain) are healthy and play again.
“But now it’s frustrating because we are losing games and the way we are losing games,” Davis said with 22 points. “So now we are focused on disappointment, especially losses like this, because we know that we are a good team. And you think about this long term and this common goal. But we want to win now. And it just sucks because we don’t know our whole team, all our capabilities in terms of what the guys bring to the team. But when we get everyone back, we know we will be a great team. But we still have to do what we do, no matter who is on the set. We still have to follow our principles at both ends of the site, and today we lacked that. ”
The Lakers played badly in the third quarter, watching a five-point lead at half-time turn into a 24-point deficit.
Karl-Anthony Towns tore the Lakers in third with 18 of 29 points.
2. The Timberwolves lost six straight games before beating the Lakers.
But the Lakers played like a losing team.
“We just have to be blocked no matter who we play with,” Russell Westbrook said after scoring 20 points. “Our opponent doesn’t matter. It’s more about us. We have to work hard to focus on what we are doing and then let the results speak for themselves. “
3. The Lakers have changed their starting lineup, replacing center-back DeAndre Jordan with defender Wayne Ellington.
Ellington scored six points in shooting two out of eight and two in seven on three-pointers in 27 minutes 51 seconds.
Jordan didn’t play.
“Yes, there were some positives. There were some downsides, ”Ellington said of the start. “Obviously the game didn’t go the way we wanted, so there are probably more cons than positives.”
4. Carmelo Anthony has been one of the Lakers’ regulars this season, but even he had a day off.
Anthony was heads-up 12 from the field, heads-up from a three-pointer.
5. Two other metrics that stood out were rebound and revs.
The Lakers have beaten 54-44 and turned the ball 20 times.