Saturday, December 4

James Worthy slams Lakers after poor performance against Thunder: ‘This could have been the worst loss I have ever seen’

The Lakers made history against the Thunder. That’s not good.

Los Angeles led by as much as 26 points Wednesday night, but Oklahoma City eventually prevailed by a final score of 123-115, earning its first win of the 2021-22 season. Before that loss, the Lakers had been a perfect 230-0 in games over the past 25 seasons in which they led by at least 25 points. according to statistics and information from ESPN. Oh!

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James Worthy, who played for the Lakers from 1982 to 1994 and currently serves as an analyst for Spectrum SportsNet, was frustrated not only with the result, but also with the way Los Angeles fell apart. After holding a 22-point lead late in the first quarter, the Lakers were outscored 104-74 in the final 36 minutes, showing little energy or urgency as the Thunder mounted a massive comeback.

“You have to finish the job, no matter who you’re playing against,” Worthy said. “You can’t disrespect the worst team in the league. In fact, you make sure you put them aside and let them know they don’t have a chance. I think the Lakers came out with that mentality, but I don’t know what happened. I just don’t know what happened. they disrespected these young people, and I heard [Warriors coach] Steve Kerr said the other day, “They are capable of beating teams if you don’t play your game.”

“And I think this, I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of losses from the Lakers. This could have been the worst loss I’ve ever seen.”

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While the Lakers were playing without LeBron James, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, they still had Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and their other veterans logging significant minutes. Westbrook in particular had a difficult night despite posting a triple-double (20 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists), as he accounted for 10 of the team’s 17 turnovers and fired 8 of 20 shots from the field, including 2 of 8 of 3- point range. He was also sent off after receiving his second technical foul in the closing seconds.

“We had the game in our hands and we lost it,” Westbrook said during his post-game media availability. “Simple as that.”

Worthy told the Spectrum SportsNet panel that the Lakers cannot rule out the “ugly” loss because this group is still learning how to play together. He believes they need to bring a different mindset to the court and have a healthy respect for all their opponents going forward.

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“I’d put them on the Greyhound [bus] and let them drive back to Los Angeles and think about it, “Worthy said.” Also, you simply cannot act like this. You can’t be a Laker and play like they did tonight. There are a lot of details, a lot of things, statistics and all that, but that’s one way of thinking. And they don’t have it yet.

“If they don’t change something, and I know it’s early in the season. People say they’ll get it together, but this wasn’t one of those games. They should have won this game.”

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