2 Takeaways From Lakers Loss to Knicks
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The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New York Knicks Monday night 114-109 in what proved to be an exciting yet disappointing first matchup between these two teams.
Anthony Davis paced the team in scoring and rebounding categories, putting up 32 points and 14 boards while recording his 22nd double-double of the season in 25 games.
Aside from Davis' dominant performance, little went in the Lakers' favor last night. With that being said, let’s dive into some of our takeaways from last night’s loss.
LeBron on Knicks rebounding: "They're really good, we knew coming into the game that they're a very good offensive rebounding team; they thrive on playing in the paint. We had opportunities to get some hits on guys, we just weren't able to clean glass all the time" pic.twitter.com/bKMsk54LML— New York Basketball (@NBA_NewYork) December 19, 2023
The Knicks outrebounded the Lakers 58 to 49, and the data shows that the chances of winning are slim when losing the rebound battle. LA is 5-12 on the year in such games, and surrendering 17 rebounds to Isaiah Hartenstein and 14 to Julius Randle is undoubtedly not the recipe for victory.
The typical rebounding studs for the LakeShow were nonexistent in this game, with Jarred Vanderbilt and Rui Hachimura combining for a meager four rebounds.
Before this game, the Lakers were in the top half of the league in rebounding at 44.6 per game, so we can expect this team to do a better job of crashing the boards going forward.
Darvin Ham on tonight's Lakers shooting: "It's a game of runs. All the looks we got tonight, I'll take them every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You just got to continue being aggressive." pic.twitter.com/fYPWxBbe3r— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) December 19, 2023
3-Point Shooting Volatility
The story of the Lakers’ season up until this point has been the inconsistency from beyond the arc, and last night was no different.
Following solid performances during the In-Season-Tournament, they have cooled down and reverted back to their three-point struggles.
They are 24/77 (31.1%) over their past two games from three, with Taurean Prince shooting an ugly 3-13 last night, including several crucial misses down the stretch.
Coming into this game, LA was in the bottom third of the league in 3P% at 35.0%, and nights like Monday don’t help that.
We can expect poor shooting performances here and there; however, the Lakers will have to find some level of consistency in this department if they want to surge to the top of the West.
The Lakers will make the trip to Chicago to play the Bulls on Wednesday in what should be a bounce-back game for them. This will be the first of their two matchups, featuring the stars of recent trade rumors: Zach LaVine, Alex Caruso, and DeMar DeRozan.