LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers grabbed a second straight with on Tuesday night over the Sacramento Kings in a 99-86 for the first time since early December behind a collective team effort.
It saw the Lakers have five players reach double-figure scoring while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and dishing out 30 assists on 37 made field goals as well as holding a 35-8 advantage in fastbreak points. However, head coach Luke Walton‘s main concern after the game was the team’s sloppiness passing the ball committing 26 turnovers voicing that he believes many of those mistakes came from “soft lazy” passes.
” I look at the number and I am kind of frustrated,” Walton said. “I think most of them came from lazy passes. I love the fact that we have 30 assists on 37 made field goals. That is how we want to play, that is what we need to be. Our effort was awesome but our we have to get better at the mental part of the game,’
This sentiment was also echoed through the locker room after the game with rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who had 11 assists to one turnover on the night along with 11 rebounds and five points, stating that the team needs to clean up the simple makes
“We just got to be smarter,” Ball said. “On the court, it looked like a lot of dumb ones. If we clean up that it will take off like 10 of them.”
Turnovers have been one of the key areas that have plagued the Lakers this season as heading into Tuesday’s tilt they committed the second-most with 16.2 per game.
“Some of it is lazy passing. I know that I had six or seven turnovers,” said Brandon Ingram, who led the team with seven turnovers in the contest. “[I was] jumping in the air making passes. I think the good about it is that we are trying to make the right passes, but we have to do a better job at making them more crisp, on time, and on target.”
With the San Antonio Spurs set to be in town for Thursday night, Los Angeles knows that there must be a greater attention to detail and more sound decision making.
“We got to be disciplined and sound on the defensive end,” said Julius Randle, who had a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds along with six turnovers. “We can’t have 26 turnovers. I can’t have six. They are going to capitalize off of that. As long as we are sound and discipline, get stops and get out and run we will be good.”