The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fourth preseason game and Anthony Davis acknowledged that early season struggles could happen as the team is building a chemistry. On Sunday, the Lakers hosted the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center and suffered a 123-94 loss.
"We want to be good, but we don't want to skip steps. You can't rush the process of what we're trying to do and win championships," Davis said after the loss "We know, possibly, there could be struggles to start the season.
... But we never want to get out to a slow start -- 0-5, 0-6, whatever -- we still want to be able to fight through our mistakes while winning games." On Tuesday, the Lakers plan to for the first time have a lineup that features Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
"It's going to be a totally different story on Tuesday," said Davis, who added he expected to be playing center with that lineup.
Westbrook praised Davis
"He's one of a kind," Westbrook said of Davis recently.
"There's nobody like him who can do everything he's able to do at his size. And my job is to make sure I continue to push him each day, each practice, each game, so he can be at the top of his game each and every night."
Westbrook had nine turnovers in a loss to the Suns but he wasn't particularly worried. "The turnover stuff is on me," Westbrook said. "But good thing they don't count. So, I could turn that b---- over 15 times, ain't nobody going to do nothing about it.
So, you know. Easy fix though. Very easy. Just because timing, just timing. Guys getting used to my speed, my pace, my timing, where I'm at on the floor." , Also, Westbrook is not concerned with his preseason struggles.
"I never had one good preseason, I mean personally," said Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star and former league MVP. "I never really worry about it because it's preseason." Meanwhile, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel acknowledged that they have got to get better.
"We've got to get better," Vogel said. "We haven't played great. There's going to be an adjustment period with so many new faces. It's ... we understand that. Hopefully it doesn't take too much time to get everybody on the same page and in sync, guys getting legs underneath them and that type of thing, but we've still got to be better than we were tonight."