The Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to beat the Indiana Pacers, but ended up losing it. The Pacers got the best of the game and went home with a big win. Lakers superstar Anthony Davis discussed the collapse that took place in the second half of the game. Yes, his teammates let this happen.
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham took full responsibility for the loss. He blamed himself for failing to make better decisions and stop Pacers players before it was too late.
“I think us not taking advantage in terms of continuing to play downhill, play with force, continue to move the ball,” Ham said. “It’s just one of those things when you get a lead like that, the free throw line allows you to maintain your lead. I wish we would have been a lot more aggressive, continue playing with pace and also continue to be organized and move the ball. And that falls on me. That falls on me. I’ll take responsibility for that…I have to do a better job of keeping us organized during those stretches offensively.”
Anthony Davis blames teammates for the collapse
AD doesn’t agree with his head coach. Ham decided to take responsibility, but AD believes his teammates should’ve done better. The Lakers big man finished the game with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and four blocks.
“It’s not just on him. It’s on us too,” Davis said. “I mean, we got enough years in the league for the guys that were on the floor late game to execute. Obviously, he’s a coach, you take the blame. But it’s on us players to go out there and execute.
“We know what we’re doing. We’re talented enough and smart enough on the floor to win a basketball game like that. … So it’s not on him.”
Davis made a good point. The Lakers had a healthy lead but blew it all. Their opponents found a way to beat them.
The Lakers almost won this one. Hopefully, they will play better next time. It’s interesting to note that the Lakers showed interest in several Pacers players. Negotiations got stuck in the middle of nowhere.