The Los Angeles Lakers ended preseason on a sour note, not only losing the game in an 136-97 blowout, but potentially Jordan Clarkson heading into the regular season opener. The Golden State Warriors dominated the Lakers for four quarters, looking more than prepared to make up for the exhibition in San Diego that may have literally slipped away.
What didn't slip away was this game, which was strangled away by the Warriors. Golden State looked more than ready to defend the title, putting on a show against Los Angeles. The Lakers gave up 112 points by the end of the third quarter -- capped by a 12-minute stretch in which they gave up 40 total points. Harrison Barnes made five of his six three-point attempts on the night, benefiting from a porous defensive effort. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each added in 24 points.
Golden State attempted a total of 31 three-pointers while connecting on a ridiculous 51.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Lakers' looked helpless against the defending champions, looking completely incapable of showing resistance defensively. Game 8 of the preseason was an example of how far the Lakers still have to go in the process.
Clarkson suffered a sprained right shoulder and the team will evaluate him Friday. Julius Randle ended the night with nine points and six rebounds, but he also had six turnovers and went without an assist. D'Angelo Russell had a relatively quiet night, continuing to struggle to find his three-point range. Russell made just one of his five attempts from deep and ended the game with 11 points and four assists.
The Lakers must now make their final roster cuts following a nonchalant game that looked bad across the board. We don't know who the final 15 Lakers will be just yet, but hopefully they don't play anything like this team that looked disinterested and over-matched when they open the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.