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Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott ripped his team for their lacklustre defensive performance in the loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
The Lakers fell to a 109-102 loss during which they trailed by as many as 23 points and ultimately they slipped to 1-7 for the season as their defensive weaknesses were again exploited.
Scott’s team surrendered 60 points in the paint with star Anthony Davis going for 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field, and naturally he was not impressed with their effort.
“To be honest with you, most of the time, the things that we want to do, they haven’t done,” Scott said.
“And I don’t know if it’s because they’re incapable of doing it or not.
“They got pretty much anything they wanted in the paint with no resistance whatsoever,” Scott said. “It was just terrible. That was probably the worst defense that we’ve played from the preseason all the way to this particular point.”
The Lakers rank last in the NBA defensive efficiency, allowing 114.5 points per 100 possessions, and Scott conceded that the team aren’t playing anywhere near their expectations so far this season.
Scott refused to concede that he would look to make changes to the line-up immediately, but he did admit that he will assess the situation over the next four or five games and determine whether or not changes are necessary for the good of the team.
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points on 10-of-28 shooting against the Pelicans, but he also conceded that it was like watching a “lay-up drill” from their opponents.