The Los Angeles Lakers continue to be one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012-13 season as they’ve struggled against some of the league’s top contenders. One of their latest challenges–overcoming the New York Knicks.
Los Angeles had little answers for New York on Thursday as they were defeated 116-107 in the loss–their 14th of the season. Once again, the Lakers couldn’t get anything consistent going on defense as they allowed Carmelo Anthony to score 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter.
What’s even more embarrassing for this Los Angeles squad–Anthony left the game with an ankle injury and they still managed to lose the game.
With the way Kobe Bryant’s been playing this season, there’s no excuse for the Lakers to be playing as bad as they have been over the first two months. Not only is Bryant leading the league in scoring, but with players like Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace by his side, there’s no reason why the Lakers should have lost as many games as they have so far this season.
Everybody knew it would take some time for these players to adjust to playing together at the beginning of the season, but nobody could have predicted things to be this bad. At this point, it seems Los Angeles would be performing the same if Mike Brown was still their head coach instead of Mike D’Antoni.
Luckily for the Lakers–there’s still plenty of time left in the regular season to turn things around before the playoffs.