LOS ANGELES -- After getting blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Lakers will try to regroup at home.
The Lakers open a four-game homestand Tuesday night beginning with the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center.
Energy was an issue for the Lakers during their last outing, which resulted in a 126-99 loss Sunday to the host Timberwolves behind a career-high 47 points from Andrew Wiggins. Although the Lakers finished the three-game trip with a 2-1 mark and earned double-digit victories over the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, the journey took its toll in Minnesota.
"There's not many teams in the NBA that go three in four nights on the road and can bring it on that last night," Lakers coach Luke Walton said, according to the Los Angeles Times, referring to the debacle against the Timberwolves. "We'll continue to get better. At that point it becomes more mental than anything else. We didn't have that (Sunday)."
Despite the defeat, the Lakers (6-5) have been one of the NBA's early surprises. Los Angeles didn't record its sixth win until Dec. 30, 2015, at Boston en route to a franchise-worst 17-65 campaign.
Their improved play has been mainly the by-product of their up-tempo offense, a system Walton incorporated here after two seasons with the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers ranked fifth in points per game (108.6) heading into Monday's games. They also were third in field-goal percentage (47.6), a category they trailed the Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks, two teams they beat earlier this season. Los Angeles also was the third-best free-throw shooting club at 81.7 percent. >> Read more...
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