Lakers appear sluggish on offense and defense in 112-93 loss to Kings

first_imgThe feedback centered on Lakers guards D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson amid coach Byron Scott’s hope both would offer more glimpses of their potential with increased play-calling responsibilities. “I hit them over the head the other day,” Scott said, and it wasn’t literally. “I put more onus on them to run the offense and understand the situations with time and clock and time of possession,” Scott said. “You can’t just come down and play like you’re on the school ground.”But that message could have applied to everyone on the Lakers as they suffered a 112-93 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center. Even as they showed nifty highlight-reel plays, the Lakers still recorded only 17 assists en route to shooting 35.6 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Sacramento guard Rajon Rondo’s 17 assists matched the Lakers’ assist total, and DeMarcus Cousins (36 points), Rudy Gay (16), Willie-Cauley Stein (12) and Rondo (11) posted double-digit efforts. After allowing 70 points in the paint Sunday to Houston, the Lakers only played slightly better on defense by conceded 58 points in the paint. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Several players suffered inefficient shooting nights, including Bryant (15 points on 4-of-13 shooting), Lou Williams (15 points on 4-of-10 shooting), Russell (14 points on 5-of-15 shooting, five assists), and Clarkson (14 points on 5-of-15 shooting). With Larry Nance Jr. missing his second consecutive game with right knee soreness, Julius Randle offered little at the starting spot with six points on 2-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds. Scott sounded unsure if Nance would return for Friday’s game against San Antonio. It appears equally uncertain if the Lakers can play more effectively against a Spurs team even more balanced offensively and disciplined defensively. “It’s a lot of little things for us right now,” Scott said. “I still think our guys are still playing hard and still competing. But it’s the little things.”They added up toward a big difference.After playing the facilitating role on Sunday against Houston, Bryant did not take his first shot until the five-minute mark of the first quarter. Though he offered a few nifty behind-the-back passes, Bryant mostly relied on his scoring to little avail. After having three days to heal his sore right shoulder and right Achilles tendon, Bryant played 31 minutes, including a five-minute stretch from the 7:24 mark to the 2:05 mark.“I feel okay,” said Bryant, who argued he can carry a heavier workload after resting. “I got a little tight. But other than that, I feel pretty good.”“I thought that was pretty manageable,” Scott said, “to see if we could get a good run going and win the game.”Meanwhile, Russell showed flashes of his potential by becoming vocal with teammates on where to cut on offense. But he also missed his first four shots and became limited with his teammates’ poor shooting. He also sat with 5:12 remaining. In other words, Russell played much differently than when he posted a career-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting in the Lakers’ near comeback two weeks ago in Sacramento. “I just want these guys to continue to grow and keep taking baby steps forward,” Scott said. “If we can take one of those big giant steps, that would be great as well. But as long as we’re taking steps forward and not back, I’ll be happy.”Unfortunately for the Lakers, that did not happen Wednesday against the Kings.center_img • Photos: LA Lakers lose to Sacramento KingsThe Lakers (9-35) still kept within striking distance. They trimmed a 16-point deficit, and went on a 7-0 run to cut the Kings’ lead to 91-87 with 8:18 remaining. Lakers reserve forward Brandon Bass also offered a pleasant surprise, posting a team-leading 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.But after nearly staging a comeback two weeks ago by trimming a 27-point deficit, the Lakers fell short again. The Kings (17-23) went on a 15-2 run to hand the Lakers their fourth consecutive loss. “You can’t be chumps,” Kobe Bryant said. “Nobody in this locker room can capitulate to that or accept that fact. It’s not going to happen. So you have to come out and work and improve on every single game and get better at certain things.”The Lakers have an extensive to-do list. last_img read more

Kyle Larson loses main sponsors over racist comment on live stream

first_imgKyle Larson’s primary NASCAR Cup Series sponsors announced they would terminate their relationships with him after he used the N-word on an iRacing live stream on Sunday.McDonald’s and Credit One Bank each issued statements Monday afternoon explaining the decision. The fast food chain said Larson did not act in a way that reflected its “inclusive values.” The financial institution, which three hours earlier had issued a statement on Larson not specifying whether it would take action, wrote in an updated comment that it denounced Larson’s offensive language. McDonald’s announces it has dropped Kyle Larson.”We were extremely disappointed and appalled to hear about this incident. The comments made by Kyle Larson are insensitive, offensive and not reflective of our inclusive values and will not be tolerated.”— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) April 13, 2020Statement from Credit One Bank regarding sponsorship of Kyle Larson.— Credit One Bank (@CreditOneBank) April 13, 2020MORE: Kyle Larson apologizes for slurLarson has been suspended by NASCAR indefinitely as a result of Sunday’s incident. He also has been fired by both Chip Ganassi Racing and Chevrolet.iRacing is a realistic simulator drivers have been using during the coronavirus pandemic to entertain NASCAR fans. Larson was competing in the game among racing pals on a live Twitch broadcast when he used the slur.last_img read more

Man mows lawn as tornado passes near home in Canada

first_img(WSVN) – The photo above is drawing plenty of attention on social media.A man in Canada is seen mowing his lawn when a twister moves near his home.He says the tornado was actually farther away from him than it appears in the photo and that he kept an eye on it the whole time.No one was hurt by the storm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img