The Los Angeles Lakers season started with a loss after a disappointing 108-92 loss to the LA Clippers. The purple and gold had no answer for Blake Griffin, who scored a game-high 29 points, and were reminded that it’s going to take more than positive vibes to climb the Western Conference.
The Lakers looked exactly like the young, inexperienced team they are. Lonzo Ball’s debut wasn’t the memorable christening of the new franchise star many had hoped for, scoring just three points with four assists and nine rebounds on the night.
The Clippers comfortably led by 20 points by the time the game reached the fourth quarter, leading their “hallway rivals” steadily through most of the night. The Lakers’ biggest lead of the night was just two points, but things got out of hand in a hurry. Marv Albert may have put it best during the broadcast, calling fourth quarter some “extended gar-bage time,” which it certainly was.
Brandon Ingram continues to look unsure of where he fits on offense, trying to get to the places he wants to but failing to convert or look comfortable once he does. He shot just 3-of-15 on the night, but did dish out four dimes.
The brunt of the scoring came from Brook Lopez (20 points) and Jordan Clarkson (18 points), as one would expect early in the year. Larry Nance Jr. got the starting nod at power forward, notching the lone double-double on the team with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lakers don’t have much time to sulk after losing their season opener, traveling to face the Phoenix Suns in the second half of their season-opening back-to-back. It was a deflating way to start the season, but we’re at Game 1 of 82. Let’s see where this thing is headed.