The Lakers were favorites heading into the game, as the Grizzlies were without their star point guard Mike Conley, as well as a few key role players in JaMychal Green, Brandan Wright and Wayne Selden Jr., but from tip-off, it was clear it wasn’t their night.
Los Angeles shot well below 40 percent from the field as a team, starting the game shooting 1-for-10 and digging into a 12-4 hole immediately. While they made a few inspired runs throughout the game, they never got their offense flowing. Ingram led the Lakers with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field.
The Lakers’ free-throw shooting woes continue to be a problem, as they shot 63.6 percent from the charity stripe on Monday. They are currently the worst free throw shooting team in the NBA.
The Lakers have not won a single home game in the month of December and have lost seven of their last 10 games. This comes on the heels of what looked like a turning point for this young team, as they went toe-to-toe with the NBA’s best, including the Houston Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Golden State Warriors, who they took to overtime in two of their three meetings.
Los Angeles will look to get back on track against their inner-city rival Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Blake Griffin is expected to play after missing his last 11 games.