All the positive feelings accrued by the Los Angeles Lakers in the solid first half against the Brooklyn Nets tonight – and in the last two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks – were quickly tempered by a second half that was nothing short of mediocre. The Lakers were outscored 38-22 in the third quarter and 30-22 in the final period, cruising to an embarrassing 130-112 defeat in front of the Crypto.com Arena crowd. But then Darvin Ham’s Lakers again foundered badly, this time against the Brooklyn Nets….
“I thought for the most part our effort, our pace, our sharing of the ball was great … everything was going great.”, said the Lakers’ head coach. “They started running and we collapsed. Some calls we thought we were going to get didn’t go our way. They scored some shots. We held the ball, we started to slow down, we became indecisive.”
“This is a story of two different halves. The first half is what we worked on after the last two wins, and then the inconsistency showed up in the second half. We just have to decide which team we are going to be. The excuses are over, man.”
Considering the up-and-down nature of their season, Darvin Ham’s Lakers followed up their most encouraging win with a most discouraging one against the Nets.