A night after embarrassing against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers were equally inept against the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto jumped out to a 9-0 lead, and the Lakers were never able to get things semi-competitive.
For LA, it was a never-ending nightmare of missed shots, blocked shots, sloppy turnovers and defensive failures as the Raptors made a complete mockery of the Purple and Gold.
The Lakers made a final run late in the fourth quarter to make things a little interesting, but it was useless as they simply didn’t have enough time left to have any hope of winning.
Final score: Raptors 114, Lakers 103. It’s never been this close.
As bad as the Lakers’ season has already been, it continues to get worse and has the potential to get even worse.
Stanley Johnson :D.
Johnson seemed to have little impact tonight overall. He grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes but missed his only field goal attempt of the game.
Monk Malik: C-
Monk didn’t play up to his standards tonight, shooting 3-for-8 from the field and 1-for-4 from 3-point range, scoring just eight points in 24 minutes while turning the ball over four times.
Austin Reaves 😀
After some good games offensively of late, Reaves couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean Monday. He missed all but one of his seven shot attempts and all four of his 3-point attempts in 17 minutes of play.
Russell Westbrook: C
Westbrook had some good plays where he attacked the basket early on possessions and had some clean looks on layups. But there wasn’t enough of that action, as he scored just 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting with eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.
If the Lakers as a team had shot better than the 31.0 percent they posted from center, perhaps Westbrook would have had more pennies tonight.
LeBron James: B+
Statistically, James seemed to play up to his standards with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from the center to go along with nine rebounds. But he also had five turnovers, some of which were sloppy and uncharacteristic for him.
Overall, James got his points, but it didn’t seem to make a dent in the outcome.
Carmelo Antonio: D+
Anthony’s jump shot didn’t seem to make the trip back to Southern California. After shooting well Sunday at Phoenix, the 19-year veteran was 3-for-10 from the field and 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.
Overall, he scored 14 points in 28 minutes as he got to the line and made all five of his free throws. But this was the kind of game where the Lakers needed him to warm up, and it just didn’t happen.
DJ Augustin: D-
In five minutes of play, Augustin did almost nothing. He missed both of his shot attempts, and his only contribution on the stat sheet was a rebound.
Talen Horton-Tucker: A
The third-year shooting guard was LA’s only bright spot. He was very efficient, scoring 20 points in 27 minutes on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from the center. He also added five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
When the Lakers came in late, Horton-Tucker contributed seven points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, no one else besides James was able to make enough shots during that stretch.
Wenyen Gabriel: B-
Gabriel’s effort on the boards was palpable. He grabbed nine rebounds in 19 minutes and brought as much energy and aggressiveness as any of his teammates.
He was more aggressive offensively than in any of his other games as a Laker to date, taking eight shots but making only one of them and missing all three of his 3-pointers. Three of his shots were blocked by Raptors defenders.
Avery Bradley 😀
Bradley was nearly invisible tonight, shooting 1-for-3 from the field and missing both of his 3-point attempts. He had no rebounds, no assists, no steals, no blocks.
Wayne Ellington: B.
Ellington made a contribution by going 2-for-5 from center, dishing out three assists and recording two steals. In total he added six points in 25 minutes.