Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell underlined that the Lakers have got to defend better after surrendering 111 points in a 111-94 loss to the Pheonix Suns. The Lakers were playing without their two biggest stars -- LeBron James and Anthony Davis -- and the Suns took the full advantage.
“We got to guard better,” Harrell said, per Lakers Nation. “I definitely think that’s one of the big things that we can take away from this. This game definitely in the first half they were shooting above 50 percent not only from three but from the field in general”.
The Lakers are currently on a two-game losing streak. “I think we just got to put a little bit more emphasis on the defensive end of the floor,” Harrell said. “We definitely got to limit them to one shot.
There were definitely a couple long rebounds and a couple of offensive rebounds definitely shifted in their favor. There’s a lot of room to improve on both ends. “To be honest with you, I’m just taking what the defense gives me.
I’m not trying to force anything. I’m not trying to go out there and prove something. … I’m just playing the game and taking what the defense gives me”.
Harrell happy with his role on offense
Harrell performed extremely well against the Suns as he had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough for the Lakers.
“My teammates do a great job of finding me and passing me the ball, so I just try to make shots for these guys,” Harrell said. “That’s real big around here. … I really just try to take pride in every time they throw the ball to me I catch it and I finish it”.
Meanwhile, Lakers starting guard Dennis Schroder acknowledged the Lakers will play a different style of basketball while James and Davis are out. "I think how we played before with them two on the court, it's totally opposite now, I think," Schroder said after the Lakers trailed by as many as 18 and never led against the Suns, per ESPN.
"I think we got to move the ball, we got to play with more pace. On the defensive end, we got to be more scrappy. And, yeah, I mean everybody who is coming on the floor has got to be confident to knock down the shot or to impact the game on the defensive end."