Frank Vogel’s response to Lakers’ shooting slump
After watching his squad shoot just 44.9 percent from the field (35-for-78) and go on a horrendous 2-for-19 (10.5 percent) from downtown, Vogel had this to say, per Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
Danny Green said Frank Vogel has been “very positive and super encouraging” towards the players, telling them to keep shooting, that the law of averages always comes around and he’s glad the misses are coming in the seeding games w/t top seed locked up.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) August 7, 2020
Danny Green has been the biggest offender for the Lakers so far, failing to convert on his open looks since the resumption of the season. The 33-year-old 3-and-D player shot better on Thursday, going 5-for-7 from the field for 10 points in 25 minutes. However, Green didn’t even attempt to shoot from past the arc the entire game, which speaks to his confidence level at the moment.
The Lakers’ offense got off to a tough start from the opening tip since James wasn’t there to draw in the defense and set up their plays. Only Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris managed to drain one three-pointer each, as the rest of the team fired blanks all night.
That certainly won’t get the job done against the high-octane Rockets, who made 21 of their 57 three-point attempts (36.8 percent).
Frank Vogel, meanwhile, understandably does not go for the panic button just yet, considering his current ensemble’s success this season mostly came from their defensive prowess.
His roster is just too stacked at every position, that shots are bound to start falling at some point. The Lakers (51-17) still have three remaining regular-season games left to get their act together for the playoffs. They will face the Indiana Pacers next on Sunday.