AD: Lakers might fight to start with; cannot ‘skip steps’
LOS ANGELES — As preseason losses have piled up whilst the Lakers’ remodeled roster hasn’t showcased all of its stars in the similar sport but, Anthony Davis admitted Sunday that Los Angeles’ disjointed break of day may just seep into the common season. But he is not sweating it.
“We want to be good, but we don’t want to skip steps. You can’t rush the process of what we’re trying to do and win championships,” Davis stated after Sunday night time’s 123-94 loss to the Phoenix Suns. “We know, possibly, there could be struggles to start the season. … But we never want to get out to a slow start — 0-5, 0-6, whatever — we still want to be able to fight through our mistakes while winning games.”
Davis stated the Lakers (0-4 within the preseason) will after all unveil their new Big Three that includes him, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook in Tuesday’s preseason sport towards the Golden State Warriors at house.
“It’s going to be a totally different story on Tuesday,” stated Davis, who added that he expects to be taking part in heart in that lineup.
The Suns sport was once the primary time Davis and Westbrook performed in combination, and whilst it wasn’t all unhealthy — Davis completed with 19 issues, six assists and 3 steals and helped key a 13-0 run in the second one quarter, when issues appeared to click on — there was once nonetheless so much left to be desired.
Westbrook completed with extra turnovers (9), than issues (8), as he shot 3-for-12 from the sector and the Lakers had been outscored through 14 within the 26 mins he was once at the court docket.
This got here after he registered seven turnovers and shot 1-for-7 from the sector in his preseason debut on Friday.
“The turnover stuff is on me,” Westbrook stated. “But good thing they don’t count. So I could turn that b—- over 15 times, ain’t nobody going to do nothing about it. So you know. Easy fix though. Very easy. Just because timing, just timing. Guys getting used to my speed, my pace, my timing, where I’m at on the floor.”
Then, echoing a sentiment shared through James on Friday night time when the 19-year veteran stated he cares “more about the practice court than I care about the preseason game,” Westbrook most often pushed aside how he is performed thus far.
“I never had one good preseason, I mean personally,” stated Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star and previous league MVP. “I never really worry about it because it’s preseason.”
While now not precisely expressing worry for his new workforce, Lakers trainer Frank Vogel did be offering extra pointed standpoint after his workforce trailed through as many as 31 on Sunday — after falling at the back of through as many as 22, 31 and 30 of their 3 earlier preseason losses to Golden State, Phoenix and Brooklyn, respectively.
“We’ve got to get better,” Vogel stated. “We haven’t played great. There’s going to be an adjustment period with so many new faces. It’s … we understand that. Hopefully it doesn’t take too much time to get everybody on the same page and in sync, guys getting legs underneath them and that type of thing, but we’ve still got to be better than we were tonight.”
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