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Julius Randle calls the Lakers’ defense ‘embarassing’

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No one on the roster was happy after another poor defensive performance.

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost their sixth-straight game on Sunday night, giving up 118 points to a New York Knicks offense that ranks as the 11th most efficient in the NBA.

The loss was another game in which the Lakers’ allowed opposing guards to get loose for big games. Derrick Rose dropped 25 points on 16 shots while Brandon Jennings poured in an additional 19 in his return home to Los Angeles.

Defense has been a consistent problem for the Lakers. The team is currently allowing 109.7 points per 100 possessions, the worst defensive rating in the NBA. The Lakers have bemoaned their slow starts and poor communication, but third-year forward Julius Randle has heard enough excuses.

"It's embarrassing,” Randle told Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News of the Lakers’ issues on defense. “We have too many defenders and athletic guys on this team to be this bad on the defensive end."

The Lakers have attempted to use their athleticism by switching on defense. They found some success doing so earlier in the year, but teams have begun to exploit the Lakers’ miscommunication and inexperience as they year has moved along.

Randle had the strongest criticism, but he was far from the only member of the team displeased with the defense.

Just about the only good news for the Lakers’ defense is that the team realizes it’s their biggest weakness right now. Los Angeles is consistently playing from behind at the end of games, and figuring out a way to get a few stops in fourth quarters would go a long way towards helping the team snap their losing streak.

All quotes per NBA.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.