Luke Walton comments on season-low 14 assists for Lakers vs. Grizzlies
When it comes to Wednesday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) did not have a lot go their way. This included only 14 assists on a night when rookie rising star point Lonzo Ball was inactive with a shoulder injury, which Lakers head coach Luke Walton was the least bit happy about.
Not only were they unable to stop Memphis guard Tyreke Evans from tying a season-high in scoring with 32 points, but the Lakers’ measly 14 assists were a season-low for the young squad.
In a tweet on Thursday morning from ClutchPoints’ own Dan Duangdao, Walton opened up about his team’s inability to pass the ball effectively against the Grizzlies.
“That is not how we want to play and I don’t think that is all from selfishness” coach Walton said. “I think some of it is, and I think we play a lot of really young players and it is the natural instinct in competitors that when things get tough, ‘I need to do more.’ It is not until you understand that when things get tough, the group does more and becomes stronger, that is when you fight your way through those times.”
Rising star rookie forward Kyle Kuzma was also very off on the night, as the No. 27 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft had just nine points and shot a dismal 4-of-24 from the field.
The Lakers will look to stop a four-game losing streak on Friday night when they host the L.A. Clippers at Staples Center.