So much for the Lakers touting themselves as a scrappy, underachieving team that will fight for every single play.
The Lakers’ 137-115 loss Sunday to the Denver Nuggets on Staples Center showed the purple and gold throwing up a white flag on anything involving defense. That included conceding 62 points in the paint, a 12 of 29 mark from 3-point range and seven players in double figures.
But the most egregious act didn’t involve allowing Timofey Mozgov to look like an All-Star with 20 points. It entailed the Lakers allowing 4’11” Nate Robinson dunk and hang on the rims three separate times in the waning minutes of a blow out.
“I coached Nate. That’s Nate,” D’Antoni said, reflecting on his time with the New York Knicks. “You shrug your shoulders and go on. If I was a player I would have some thoughts. Since I’m sitting over there, it’s hard to do anything.”
D’Antoni was certainly livid with Robinson when he attempted a three-pointer on an opposing team’s basket after time expired. But the Lakers hardly reacted much to Robinson’s taunts at the rim. Then again, the Lakers hardly reacted much on defense for most of the game.
“No one is going to feel sorry for us,” D’Antoni said. “Teams are going to come in and kick us. At a certain point, you have to fight.”
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