The 114-100 loss marked the Lakers’ largest margin of defeat of the season so far. However, it was also their first loss since Nov. 10, and just their third of the season, which is why no one in the locker room was ready to push the panic button just yet.
After the game on Sunday, Anthony Davis said the Lakers aren’t going to go back on the progress they’ve made as a team because of a single loss.
“It’s one game,” Davis told reporters on Sunday night. “We’re not gonna get down over this loss. We know what type of team we are. We know they played well and they beat us, but we beat ourselves tonight with the rebounding so we know what we got to do better.”
But Davis also acknowledged that Sunday’s loss isn’t just a game they can throw away.
“Like I said, it’s one game. We’re not gonna put our heads down over this one, but at the same time we need to learn from it and get ready for the next one,” Davis said.
The Lakers, as a team, have been pretty consistent with their message of wanting to learn from both wins and losses. It’s safe to say they’ll have plenty to learn from a loss against the best offensive team in the NBA and an MVP candidate in Doncic.
Ideally, there will be few losses to learn from, but Danny Green understands that losses will come over the course of the 82-game regular season, and he said it’s the team’s job to learn from them.
“We’d love to go 80-2, but that’s not going to happen. Each game is a new challenge,” Green said.
The Lakers will go from seeing the best offensive team in the NBA to the best defensive team in the league in the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, and Alex Caruso is looking forward to seeing how they fare.
“Like we said, teams are gonna try different things to make us not play with rhythm and not play at our best,” Caruso said. “I think we’ll see something different from every team we play this year. Each team has their own gimmicks and schemes and scouting reports. (It’s the) first time we play Denver, so we’ll take it on the fly and find out what we gotta do to win.”