Popovich defends Laker's Walton in wake of Ball's criticism

Mae Love
January 14, 2018

The Spurs are now second in the Western Conference; the loss gives them a 10-13 road record.

Stephen Curry returned from a two-game absence to score 24 points, Klay Thompson had 26 and the Golden State Warriors blew almost all of a 27-point lead before beating the Toronto Raptors 127-125 on Saturday night.

"We're a resilient group". Defensively, however, the Lakers looked like a complete mess and lost all four games because rim protection was nearly non-existent. And to lose like that, it's kind of like it's devastating.

The Lakers have shown signs of life in their last two wins, but those came against the Hawks and the Kings which is hardly anything to write home about these days. "They rushed us, we tried to keep up with their pace and play at the same pace that they were".

"I don't think it's needed because when you address something that is so abstract from the norm, I think a lot of times you lend power to it", Worthy explained.

Leonard said he suffered the injury when he got hit with an elbow by one of the Phoenix Suns' big men in a game January 5 at the AT&T Center. Included was a stretch of nine consecutive points for Harrison, who is more often than not the focal point down the stretch. I'm sure most of us love playing for him too.

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If a village of 10,000 in Lithuania in winter time with seven hours of daylight isn't as comfortable for the kids as Westwood or Chino Hills, it's flawless for LaVar, with the locals changing the team's schedule for a tournament with the BBB logo plastered everywhere - including the referees' jerseys - and a female TV reporter asking out Gelo at the introductory press conference.

But while the distractions have been circling, the Lakers actually have strung together four straight wins, and that doesn't appear to be lost on a couple of the Lakers' highest-ranking executives.

"Just reading the defense, trying to be better off of instincts", Ingram said. As the year has played out, Ingram, Ball, and Kuzma have been earmarked as "untouchables", meaning that they won't be traded. Brandon Ingram is having a breakout sophomore year campaign, Lonzo Ball has had his ups and downs, and Kyle Kuzma should finish an All-Rookie team member, but all three need time to develop.

However accurate or inaccurate Ball's comments may be, it has caused enough of a distraction for the team and has turned social media into a hotbed of conversation about how harmful his outspoken comments are for Walton's job security and to the organization. Ingram's development will help the Lakers now and down the road, as a young team looks for a star to emerge from its core.

The Lakers waived Vander Blue on Friday.

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