The Phoenix Suns dominated the Los Angeles Lakers at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. They beat the Lakers 140-111 without their leader and floor general in Chris Paul. The Lakers once again were atrocious defensively and allowed 79 points in the first half. This is the most amount of points the Lakers have allowed this season.
The Lakers were outrebounded by the Suns as well. The Suns had 51 rebounds to the Lakers’ 37. The Lakers definitely miss Davis as the Anchor in the paint and a rebounder. The Lakers were careless with the ball as well, turning over the ball 19 times in the game. LeBron James did have 31 points in the game but it was a meaningless 31 as his teammates did not step up to support him.
The Suns showed why they were the 1 seed and came out with great energy. The culture that Monty Williams has established in the organization has created a winning mentality among the players. The Suns were led by Devin Booker’s 30 points, 10 assist performance. Deandre Ayton was also huge in the game with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Cam Payne only had 9 points but got everyone involved with 11 assists. The Suns had 5 other players with double-digit scoring to help the team win.
With the loss, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a very dangerous position of not even making the Play-in games. The New Orleans Pelicans have been on a roll ever since they signed CJ McCollum and are just 2 games behind the Lakers. The Portland Trail Blazers have a much lower chance of getting into the Play-in because their 2 stars are out but they are just 3 games behind the Lakers as well.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson said that if the Lakers failed to make the Playoffs, the Russell Westbrook trade will go down as the worst trade in Lakers’ history. It seems that it won’t end there. This would be one of the worst front offices and coaching jobs ever. The Lakers better win games and get to the Playoffs or be ridiculed for years to come.