LOS ANGELES – Because the preseason losses piled up during the Lakers“The revamped squad has not yet presented all of its stars in the same game. Anthony Davis admitted Sunday that the incoherent Los Angeles dawn could creep into the regular season. But he doesn’t sweat.
“We want to be good, but we don’t want to skip any steps. You can’t rush the process of our efforts and win championships,” said Davis after Sunday night’s 123-94 loss to the Phoenix suns. “We know there may be difficulties getting the season started. … But we never want to get off to a slow start – 0-5, 0-6, whatever – we still want to be able to fight through our mistakes in winning games. “
“It will be a very different story on Tuesday,” said Davis, adding that he expects to play in the middle on that line-up.
The Suns game marked the first time Davis and Westbrook had played together, and while it wasn’t all bad – Davis finished the game with 19 points, six assists, and three steals, and helped a 13-0 run in the second quarter when things seemed to click – there was still a lot to be desired.
Westbrook finished with more ball losses (nine) than points (eight) as he shot 3-on-12 out of the field and outperformed the Lakers by 14 points in the 26 minutes he was on the field.
This came after he suffered seven ball losses and shot 1-on-7 on his preseason debut on Friday.
“The sales stuff is on me,” said Westbrook. “But it’s good that they don’t count. So I could turn this over 15 times, no one is going to do anything about it. So you know. Easy to fix. Just the timing. People who get used to my speed, my pace, my timing, where I’m on the ground. “
Westbrook then echoed a sentiment James shared on Friday night when the 19-year-old veteran said he was more interested in the practice field than the preseason game.
“I’ve never had a good preseason, I mean personally,” said Westbrook, a nine-time all-star and former league MVP. “I never really worry because it’s preseason.”
Although he wasn’t exactly annoyed with his new group, Lakers coach Frank Vogel offered a clearer perspective after his team fell back by up to 31 on Sunday – after losing up to 22, 31 and in the previous three preseason losses 30 had fallen back to Golden State, Phoenix and Brooklyn.
“We have to get better,” said Vogel. “We didn’t play great. There will be an adjustment phase with so many new faces. It’s … we get that. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get everyone on the same page and in sync, to get people under their feet get and stuff, but we still have to be better than tonight. “