The Los Angeles Lakers would never lose two games in a row right? With Anthony Davis sitting out with an injury, the Lakers got rolled over by the Pistons.
The Los Angeles Lakers went ten straight road games deep into the season without a loss, creating history. Now on back to back nights, the Lakers are sliding down the Western Conference standings.
After losing a heartbreaker to the Philadelphia 76ers last night, they laid an egg losing to the Detroit Pistons 107-92. The Lakers have now lost two straight going into a Saturday night Primetime game against the Boston Celtics. Another loss and the vultures will start circling.
More importantly, the Lake Show falls to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference behind the red hot Utah Jazz and LA Clippers.
These are games that are hard to cover because the vibe of the game. Should this have been a easy Lakers win? Probably. But were they looking ahead to Saturday?
The Detroit Pistons reside at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. But were they wired up to play the defending champions? When was the last time Blake Griffin played a game like this or Derrick Rose showing flashes of brilliance?
If the Lake Show forgot the concept that every opponent will gear up to face them on a nightly basis, hopefully, this game was just a little wake-up call.
The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:
LeBron James was flat out balling (In the first half!)!
It started in Cleveland outscoring the Cavaliers 21-19 in the final quarter finishing with 46 points. Then he dropped 34 points and almost orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in the modern era in Philadelphia the night before. What does LeBron James do for an encore? He hit his first seven shots for 20 points in the first half in Detroit.
Basketball zones are rare and cherished events. If you are a Lakers fan, enjoy the ride because no matter if you are a YMCA weekend warrior or the best player in the NBA, they don’t come around very often. Plus they disappear without notice like in the second half of this game.
Talen Horton-Tucker needs more minutes.
Nobody is asking the Lakers coaching staff to give THT 25-30 minutes a night. What is being said here is that collecting DNP-CDs doesn’t make any sense either. For the most part, when Talen Horton Tucker is on the floor, he does contribute.
He did so in Chicago and again against Detroit. The confidence in this young guy should be exciting for Lakers Nation. Instead of sulking on the bench, it is plain to see that he believes he should be in the rotation. Lake Show Life thinks so too.
Kyle Kuzma played outstanding ball in HIS homecoming (In the first three quarters!)!
With Anthony Davis sitting out with quad soreness, the resident back up starter Kyle Kuzma was inserted into the starting lineup. He played outstanding ball for the Los Angeles Lakers. After a strong first half, scoring 9 points, he exploded for 10 more in the third quarter. He finished with 22 points.
The bad from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:
LeBron disappeared offensively in the second half!
After scoring 20 points on 7-10 shooting, James came crashing down to Earth in the second scoring only 2 points on 1-9 shooting. Granted his passes to teammates were good, but they were blowing them. The Lakers could have used another LeBron explosion from Cleveland. Evidently the Detroit executives are smart enough to stay in their seats.
Anthony Davis did not play.
The Los Angeles Lakers needs Anthony Davis to win a championship. That’s seems like common sense but in games like this, the statement magnifies. The Detroit Pistons gave the Lakers issues. The physicality of a team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference getting under the World Champs is not a good look. AD’s skill set could have countered that.
AD’s absence really hurt the rim protection. Derrick Rose and Mason Plumlee, two players that have been up and own this year had some success scoring at the rim.
Man, the Detroit Pistons put together two huge runs!
In the third quarter, the Pistons eased a seven-point deficit with a 15-2 run to grab the lead. In the fourth quarter, Detroit strung together 14 straight to blow the game out. Whether the Sixers game wore out the Lake Show or not, there wasn’t much resistance.
Oh forget it!
The story from the Los Angeles Lakers loss:
The Los Angeles Lakers looked soft!
There’s really no other way to describe this. The Pistons tried to ugly the game up with physicality to get in the Lakers’ heads and it worked. Montrezl Harrell had words with numerous players. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope horse-collared Mason Plumlee. Missed layups came after confrontations and slowly, but surely LeBron disappeared after a hot start.
They caught Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin on a good night.
Lake Show Life’s more in-depth breakdowns will come in Lake Show Life Lessons tomorrow. Keep it locked for the only Los Angeles Lakers post-game report with highlights and in-depth analysis.