The Los Angeles Lakers are ranked last in the league in turnovers per game and their starting point guard Dennis Schroder took the blame after the Lakers lost to the New York Knicks on Monday. The Lakers committed a season-high 25 turnovers on Monday as the Knicks claimed a comfortable 111-96 win over the Purple and Gold.
Schroder had the most turnovers as he committed five, Lakers center Andre Drummond committed four turnovers, while Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Markieff Morris each had three turnovers. "Thank you," Schroder said sarcastically when a reporter mentioned L.A.
ranking dead last in the league in turnovers per game. "Thank you. Thank you. "It starts with me and I take the blame for it and we just got to do better."
Coach didn't want to put the blame on Schroder
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel acknowledged his team made some poor decision but didn't want to call out any of his players.
"Really poor passing, some bad decisions, and some of it, you have to credit the defense. But as good as we were offensively two nights ago, we were just as bad tonight -- and it's disappointing," said Lakers coach Frank Vogel.
"We had 25 turnovers, and we got our shot blocked nine times, OK? Which we view as turnovers as well. So, definitely not good enough on the offensive end tonight." Meanwhile, Caldwell-Pope gave credit to the Knicks defense.
"They're a great strip team," Caldwell-Pope said. "[Nerlens] Noel with great hands, Julius [Randle]. Lot of guys that have great hands on that team. So we wanted to make the simple pass tonight which we didn't.
We tried to force a lot of things in the paint. "I mean it's very frustrating, just turning the ball over ... Put a shot up, at least," he continued. "That gets frustrating. That starts to drop the energy that we have for the game.
Starts to bring people down." Morris underlined that the Lakers have got to take a better care of the ball. "We just got to, all of us as a collective group have to be better at taking care of the ball," said Morris.
"Obviously we don't have Bron, who led the league in assists last year, to make plays for us. So that's going to be more magnified. And I think if we change that, we can definitely be a lot better right now."