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No more 'wars' after poor Lakers shots

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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers can’t shoot from outside. That’s clear after LA shot a 9-to-45 in Thursday night’s 103-97 loss to the Clippers. That total somehow managed to be even worse than the Lakers’ deep 10v40 clip that they lost to the Golden State Warriors on opening night.

Still, while LeBron James openly complained about his team’s lack of “lasers” on the roster after the Warriors game, the Lakers didn’t add that refrain on Thursday, even after the Lakers went 9v0 with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

When asked about his team’s increasing hits, James said, “I’m definitely not going to sit here and fight things we can’t do in every game.” “This is not a leader. I know we can. We can cover our asses. We did that tonight, it gave us a chance to win and we didn’t get it done. But I’m okay with that.” “

The Lakers held the Clippers, one of the odds’ favorites for the NBA championship, with just 103 points and 80 total shots, and the Lakers’ pressure on the ball forced the Clippers to make 22 turnovers.

James assured reporters that LA’s shot will improve, but added that it will not be the winning formula the team is based on.

“If we trust [sufficient outside shooting] Every game, then we’re in trouble,” James said. “So I don’t worry about it or think about it. How hard we played, how aggressively we played, how determined we were to go out and compete every night. And we have to defend. When we defend, we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win.”

There was widespread acceptance across the team that the Lakers shot themselves in the foot by acting so distant, but they’re not shy about stares.

“Don’t let missed shots erode your confidence,” said Anthony Davis, who is 2 out of 3 while Los Angeles’ other starts are 29v5. “Keep shooting, trust your shot. And they’ll fall. There’s nothing you can do but keep shooting.”

Coach Darvin Ham said the Lakers’ analytics department had determined, based on their metrics, that there were better quality shot attempts than any of the other three teams playing on opening night, and that he believed these were the shots his team needed to hit.

After the game, Ham was asked if the shots were open, as the opposing defenses fill the lane to cut driving opportunities and dare the Lakers to shoot.

“I guess you could say that,” said Ham. “But, I mean, we just have to mind our business. That’s how we want to play. If they want to give us those shots, then we wholeheartedly accept it. So, that’s the way we want to play. We want to play fast, physically and free.

“And again, we see these guys in practice and shooting. They have to do it on the playing field. It’s that simple.”

Lakers guard Russell Westbrook had a particularly difficult shooting night on Thursday, 11 to 0 overall (including 3 to 0 6), but even his night was defended by James.

When asked if he had any advice for Westbrook, James said, “Just flush the flush and get ready for Sunday.” “He’s a veteran. We’ve all had bad shooting nights. I’ve had bad shooting nights. Everyone in this league has had bad shooting nights. Who cares? I thought he was playing a great game. He was in sync on defense. He was locked in. He pushed the pace. He just didn’t shoot and that’s the problem. not.”

Westbrook, who finished with five steals, four assists and just one turnover, excluding missed shots, also looked into his next game against the Portland Trail Blazers when asked to evaluate his performance.

“He’s solid,” he said of his night. “He played hard. All you could ask for. Move on to the next one.”

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