The Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder were scheduled to play a basketball against each other on Wednesday, and while both teams technically participated, only one team showed up to play and it wasn’t the Lakers.
After locking up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on Monday, the Lakers turned in one of their most uninspired performances of the season and lost to the Thunder 105-86. There were a lot of issues with the way the Lakers played, but given the stakes, or lack thereof, and the sheer amount of issues there were, we’re only going to focus on a few, starting with the team’s 3-point shooting.
The Lakers attempted 37 3-point attempts on Wednesday and only made five of them. For those that can’t do the math in their head (read: me) or don’t have a calculator readily available, that’s a 13.5% percent conversation rate. That’s really, really bad.
At the center of the Lakers’ 3-point shooting woes is Danny Green, who technically led the Lakers in 3-point makes with two 3-pointers, but it took seven attempts for him to get there. The problem isn’t Green taking that many attempts; it’s the fact that he’s not making any of them.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis were also ice cold from behind the arc and went 0-8 from 3-point territory. If they shot a higher percentage from inside the 3-point line, that wouldn’t have been a huge issue, but they didn’t; they shot a combined 10-30 from the field. Again, it was just a sloppy game all around — almost too sloppy.
The Lakers will look to bounce back against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, The Rockets stunned the Lakers with their super small-ball play after the All-Star break, so it will be interesting to see how Los Angeles responds this time around. Plus, if the Lakers win tomorrow, the Rockets have a better chance of falling out of the top four. That’s especially true since the Thunder wo ... hey, wait a second!