Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis ripped his team following a blowout Friday night loss as he said the Lakers aren't playing like a title team right now. On Friday night, the Lakers suffered a 107-83 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves dominated the third quarter as they outscored the Lakers 40-12. "We sucked," Davis said when asked about the third quarter. "No defense. Can't score. That's not just this third quarter, it's every third quarter we've played this season.
We come out slow, lackadaisical offensively and defensively. We got to get it together. Why? I can't tell you. But we got to do a better job." The Lakers, who entered the season as one of the top favorites for the title, are sitting st a 7-6 record through the first 13 games of the season.
"We got to decide who we want to be. A championship team? That's not us right now," Davis said. "We're not winning a championship the way we're playing. We got to be better, and we got to care more for our wins at home.
Wins in general. That was embarrassing."
Davis says everyone is responsible for the Lakers' struggles
"What we can't do is, one, point the finger," Davis said. "You know, 'It was you.' 'It was you.'
'It was you.' 'This play was you.' Like, we got to stay together. And we'll stay together. But also, we got to learn from the film. And so the film tomorrow is going to be big for us to have another heart to heart about these type of games.
We hate feeling this way. Obviously, if we lose -- we're going to lose games, everybody loses games. But doing it the right way. Having a team actually beat us. Not beating ourselves. "And those are the frustrating ones, when we beat ourselves."
Russell Westbrook, who joined the Lakers this offseason, says the inconsistency is the Lakers' biggest problem. "The inconsistency is a problem," Russell Westbrook said when asked about L.A.' s third-quarter woes.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel hopes his players will use the Timberwolves loss as a motivation and bounce back. "Well, there's no better motivator than a bad loss," Vogel said. "I think our guys are angry, our coaching staff is angry, and we'll get back to work and do whatever we need to do to fix it and get our execution better. And all of those things: effort, focus, execution."