Lakers: Byron Scott says team was “fatigued” in loss to Sacramento

After watching the tape of last night’s 132-114 loss to Sacramento, Lakers head coach Byron Scott found an unusual culprit aiding his team’s defensive struggles. Fatigue.

It’s a bit unusual to hear that two games into the regular season and something Scott said he hadn’t noticed in years past coaching.

But upon review and talking with the team, tired legs may have been a factor in the team falling behind by as many 31 last night.

“What I did see was guys making the effort but they just looked fatigued,” Scott said.

The Kings did their part by scoring 33 fastbreak points and wearing down the Lakers with 80 points in the paint. With a long season ahead, Scott added he would look into making adjustments to keep his team fresh and play with more energy.

“Maybe shorter practices, shorter walkthroughs but like I told them, a lot of it depends on them as well,” Scott said, “A lot of time with young guys, you need repetition more than anything so it’s a catch-22.