However, Los Angeles has still struggled as of late, dropping their recent games to the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks. The loss to the Hawks, in particular, is troubling given they are still in the process of a rebuild and own one of the weakest records in the entire league.
Luke Walton: “Time for us to get away and reflect on where we are as a group.”
— Bill Oram (@billoram) February 13, 2019
The Lakers have largely struggled due to their defensive execution. Since Lonzo Ball suffered a Grade 3 sprained ankle against the Houston Rockets, the team’s defense at the point of attack has been dismal and has allowed opposing teams to get into the lane and pick them apart inside or outside.
The drama from the trade deadline may also be another factor in the team’s lackluster performances. Every player seemed on edge as president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka tried to negotiate a deal for Anthony Davis, and there still may be some lingering effects as a result.
Whatever the reasons for their struggles are, the Lakers at least now get a brief reprieve to sit down and evaluate how they have been playing. Hopefully, they can turn it around when they come back for the remaining 27 games of the 2018-19 NBA season.