NBA Season 2016-17: Lakers No Match For Warriors In Back-To-Back Games; But Neither Coach Impressed With Latest Game
The loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 4 must have hurt them badly and the Golden State Warriors came back strongly against them in the back-to-back matches this week, winning both of them to take a 2-1 lead in the current season.
The latest game at Staples Center, which the Warriors won 109-85, however, has not impressed many, including the Warriors' coach Steve Kerr.
"It was one of the worst basketball games I've seen in my life. We were awful, and they were awful. The people who bought tickets should get their money back, honestly. Everyone had too much turkey last night?" Kerr asked. Kerr also said that the Lakers had at least an excuse for missing some key players in the game. Star Warriors like Kevin Durant and Draymond Green although felt that their game could have been better but they were not as self-critical as their head coach.
The Warriors beat the Lakers by 24 and Steve Kerr called it one of the worst basketball games he's seen in his life pic.twitter.com/qRswBZYMDD
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 26, 2016
May be after the massive 149-106 victory [the fourth-most points conceded by Lakers since 1946-47, as per Basketball-Reference.com] at Cleveland on Wednesday (Nov 23), this was a below-expectation performance for the Warriors. They have, nevertheless, won their tenth game on the trot now and are sitting happily at the top of the Western Conference with a 14-2 record. Their last loss had come when Hillary Clinton still had a fair chance to win the presidency and it was against the same Lakers.
The Lakers, on the other hand, saw their record getting ruined by the super Warriors. From 7-5, the talented side has lost four of their last five games to see their record reduced to 8-9.
Luke Walton's side definitely missed the service of its three key players - D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Nick Young - due to injury. But the 36-year-old coach who took up the team's responsibility this year felt the Lakers did not play it "hard and smart" at the same time, said an NBA.com report.
Like Kerr, Walton also thought the game was not as great even as his team started with a 5-0 lead. "It looked like a Thanksgiving food hangover. You know Golden State is obviously a premier team in this league, and I don't even think they were great tonight. They were good; they were better than us," Walton said.
Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, who scored 20 points in a rare start, said about the injury-hit team: "Coming off the bench, I was playing with the same guys throughout the whole season. I was just trying to figure everybody out in that starting group and just play," said an Orange County Register article.
Walton also thanked (in the spirit of Thanksgiving) that his team would not have to meet the Warriors for a long, long time now. The two sides will meet next on April 12, the final day of this regular season.
The Lakers meet the Atlanta Hawks next on Sunday (Nov 27) while the Warriors meet the Minnesota Timberwolves on tonight (Nov 26).