Lakers coach Frank Vogel shares what it means to beat Bucks, Clippers
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers headed into their matchup with the division rival L.A. Clippers on Sunday afternoon, still riding high after beating the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The team was able to take down the arguably the best team in the league and followed that performance up with an even better one by beating Kawhi Leonard and company for the first time this season.
Following the impressive win over the Clippers, head coach Frank Vogel spoke to the media share his thoughts on what he thinks it means that the Lakers were able to top two of the league’s elite teams in consecutive games.
“We do keep the regular-season games into perspective,” Vogel said. “There are a lot of factors that go into these games that really don’t matter come playoff time whether you win or lose, but they measure the habits that we’re trying to build. It’s very encouraging to see our guys perform at this level against two of the best teams in the league.”
The Bucks handed the Lakers one of their worst losses of the 2019-20 campaign back in December while the Clippers beat Vogel’s squad twice already this season. These losses sparked a lot of debate about whether Los Angeles could really contend with the NBA’s elite teams, but that debate seems to have been put to rest after this weekend.
LeBron James put on a show on Sunday with yet another incredible performance in consecutive games against two of the best teams in the league. He finished with 28 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds showing some strong play on both ends of the floor while Anthony Davis chipped in with a team-high 30 points to go along with eight rebounds, two steals, and a block.
With these two highly-anticipated matchups now in the books, the Lakers will get back to work on Tuesday when they go up against the visiting Brooklyn Nets before another tough weekend. They host the Houston Rockets on Thursday, followed by a matchup with the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.