Lakers ‘gave in a little bit’ against Spurs, coach Luke Walton admits | NBA

Coach Luke Walton feels the Los Angeles Lakers are nonetheless missing psychological toughness after they “gave in a little bit bit” in a fourth-quarter collapse to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers (15-10) have been on track to beat the Spurs (12-14) for the second time this week as they led 99-89 by means of 36 minutes, however they have been outscored 44-21 within the fourth to stoop to a tricky defeat.

And whereas Walton performed down the thought Los Angeles may need been drained late within the sport, he acknowledged there’s a fragility to his younger facet.

“I assumed our guys have been alright,” he advised reporters. “Street video games are a lot harder while you’re enjoying as many younger guys as we’re. We missed having [Rajon] Rondo and Brandon [Ingram], though Brandon’s very younger.

“LeBron [James] got here out, we took him out on the finish of the second to attempt to get him a few minutes main into half-time. We had an enormous lead however they lower into that instantly.

“We acquired away from what we have been doing very well as much as that time.

“We’re younger and we’re a brand new group collectively, we’re nonetheless studying to play collectively. You get in these environments, San Antonio, and their crowd will get going, we’re down our bodies…

“As a gaggle, we’re making an attempt to grow to be a staff that is mentally powerful sufficient to win these kind of street video games. We have got quite a bit higher from the beginning of the season, however we’re not there but. We are able to win these video games, however we’re not going to win all of them.

“I assumed the best way they [the Spurs] have been capturing the ball and the run they went on, we gave in a little bit bit.”

Star ahead LeBron James (35 factors, 11 assists, eight rebounds) now needs the Lakers to be taught from this defeat as they face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

“We have got one other one to play tomorrow [Saturday], versus an excellent Memphis staff that gained tonight on the street,” James mentioned. “They’re enjoying extraordinarily nicely.

“We let this one get away from us, however it’s a 48-minute sport, it occurs. We have to be taught from it and we have to get able to go.”

A downbeat James gave the impression to be disillusioned with the officers’ function within the sport and refused to debate the disparity in free throws awarded between the 2 groups (33-21 within the Spurs’ favor), as a substitute merely shrugging.

Requested what he should do to have a name go his method, he replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

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