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Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has described the team as “soft” following their 114-89 loss to city rivals the Clippers on Wednesday night.
It was the Lakers’ fifth straight defeat to their fellow Staples Center tenants and they trailed by as many as 43 points at one stage of the game.
“We were soft,” Scott said of his team.
“[I have] a lot of respect for that team over there. They’re a good team. I don’t consider them a physical basketball team, but they came out and punched us, and we were soft, period.
“I told them to man up, basically,” he said.
The Clippers have now won nine of their past 10 meetings with the Lakers, and Scott’s views were similar to those of Kobe Bryant who slammed the team last month during a practice session for being soft.
Bryant finished with just four points on 2-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes, but he wasn’t the only issue during the game.
“He said the same thing I said. He just didn’t use a toilet paper analogy,” Bryant said, referencing that practice rant.
Lakers forward Ed Davis agreed with Scott’s assessment as did Carlos Boozer, and Scott has insisted that he expects a response from the players in practice on Thursday and to show more grit and fight moving forward.
Meanwhile, Bryant praised the Clippers and conceded that they are the better team right now given their roster and depth. However, the 36-year-old was disappointed with the approach the Lakers had and he will hope to enjoy better shooting nights too.