The Los Angeles Lakers looked like a collective of dispirited basketball players ready to take a nine-day sabbatical in an ugly 137-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns. This was out of hand from the jump as the Lakers failed to score, defend or do just about anything right on the basketball court through the opening minutes.
That trend carried on throughout the game, with Eric Bledsoe taking advantage of the easy prey the Lakers were. They were wounded and stranded in the Arizona desert, and Bledsoe picked their carcass clean for a triple-double. He tallied 25 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, thrashing the purple and gold.
D’Angelo Russell scored the emptiest 21 points of his career on 7-of-20 shooting. Tarik Black found himself in foul trouble early in the first and second half, ending the game with two points and two rebounds. Julius Randle collected a double-double on his way out to All-Star vacation.
The Suns beat the Lakers at every turn, tossing alley-oops and half-court shots and finding the bottom of the net no matter the circumstance. The Lakers couldn’t even hit the open shots they generated, and were killed on the glass 59-36.
There’s nothing redeeming about this game. This was one of their worst efforts as a team, never looking like a team that had a Lloyd Christmas-level of a chance against one of the worst teams in the league. The huge All-Star layover may not be enough time for this team to wake up out of the funk it’s seemingly found itself in heading into the trade deadline.
The good news? We don’t have to watch any more atrocious contests like this for another nine days. Until then.