A day after earning their first home win of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a demoralizing 120-101 loss Monday night in Phoenix.
Brandon Knight and the Suns ran circles around the Lakers’ inept defense, and according to head coach Byron Scott, the Purple and Gold would be fine it they simply manned up.
Byron Scott once again called for players to "man up," said he thought the Suns effort was "10 times better" than the Lakers
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) November 17, 2015
Byron Scott: “Our guys gave an effort, but I thought their effort was 10 times better." How do you fix that? "It’s all about manning up."
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) November 17, 2015
Byron also didn't want to hear about possible Laker fatigue in 2nd game of back-to-back. "That to me is a bunch of crap."
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) November 17, 2015
Scott promises to put his troops through some punishing rebounding drills this week, because, of course he does.
Per the LA Times:
There will be old-school boxing-out drills at practice this week after the Lakers got clobbered on the offensive boards, 18-7. This is something Coach Byron Scott promises. […] “Oh yeah. We’re definitely having them this week,” he said crisply. “I guarantee you.”
Scott also didn’t want to hear about the Lakers maybe getting fatigued in the second night of a back-to-back set. […] “That’s, to me, a bunch of crap,” he said. “It’s basketball. You come ready to play. I thought our guys gave an effort but I thought [the Suns’] effort was 10 times better.”
Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson again did his part on offense (20 points), but the Suns’ starting guards were the true stars of the night. Eric Bledsoe, typically Point Guard 1A, had 21 points while Brandon Knight, usually Point Guard 1B, had his first career triple-double — 30 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds at Talking Stick Resort Arena.