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Tensions are starting to mount after the Los Angeles Lakers suffered their sixth loss of their final seven games, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
After the team blew a 14-point second-half of lead, Lakers guard Malik Monk didn't desire assist when talking to newshounds after the sport.
"S--t is gigantic demanding, man," he mentioned. "We have been doing this all year. And we all know. We all know what it takes. That's why it be so demanding for us."
Monk had 15 solutions within the Lakers' 104-99 loss. Los Angeles became as soon as led by LeBron James, who poured in 37 solutions and tied a occupation-high with eight three-pointers. Russell Westbrook had 16 solutions, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. No totally different Lakers gamers scored in double figures.
Los Angeles' most titillating desire on this fresh stretch came Tuesday in opposition to the Houston Rockets, who're final within the Western Convention with a 10-25 describe. The Lakers suffered three double-digit losses, a 28-point blowout to the San Antonio Spurs and two 18-point defeats to the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Los Angeles is playing without superstar forward Anthony Davis, who's sidelined for no no longer up to some extra weeks after struggling a sprained MCL on Dec. 17. Davis had been within the midst of an actual season with averages of 23.3 solutions, 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 blocks.
The Lakers luxuriate in to hope to procure assist no longer off song all the tactic by their upcoming five-sport homestand that begins Friday in opposition to the Portland Path Blazers. Los Angeles will furthermore play host to the Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks earlier than welcoming the Grizzlies to city for a rematch on Jan. 9.