Originally posted by SacRock14:
Really not that bad of a game. But a couple frustrating things...
- Nobody stepping up with Tyreke. Couldn't find another player to get hot. Reke was doing everything he could and we had plenty of open shots. But not one person stepped up.
- Free throw shooting. The Lakers were poor as well, but this has been an ongoing problem for us, especially down the stretch. 71% isn't terrible, but it needs to be improved.
- Second chance points. We don't have a single guy right now who will just rip a rebound. I mean secure a damn rebound. Not tip it over there, or weakly grab it. Rip the damn ball down. Could have used Brockman so many times over the past few weeks.
Other than that, you just tip your hat to a better team. There's just not a lot of room for error against the Lakers.
co-signed. To be honest though usually I'd be really pissed after a loss to the lakers. But I'm not right now. IMO this was actually a good game for us, they're just the NBA champions with a more experienced team. They've been together 3 years now, starting line up all vets, the best or 2nd best player in the NBA, and we still hung with them 3 games now despite our best player being a rookie, our bigs being weak/inexperienced, being the youngest team in the league at only about 22 years average age, 3rd coach in 3 years, etc.
Do we need to get better to beat them? Hell yes. But we have a bunch of room for improvement, Casspi and Donte are both going to improve a lot, JT/Hawes should improve, we might be able to draft Cousins or Aldrich, Landry is still getting better and he's getting more comfortable as a starter, Cisco's still coming back from surgery, THIS team has only really been together for 14 games since the deadline, so I think we have a lot of room to improve. We need some more spot up shooters to benefit from Reke's penetration and we need a banger/rebounder like a Demarcus Cousins or a Cole Aldrich. But we're going to keep getting better.