The Lakers lost yet another game as they continue to be the bottom dweller of the Western Conference. The latest loss came Monday night against the Nuggets in which they lost 129-101.
Zubac said his career-high 25 points means “nothing.” Added he’d rather score 5 points and contribute to a win than score 25 and lose.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) 14 марта 2017 г.
Ivica Zubac, who averages just 6.9 points per game, came up big in the loss, scoring a team-high 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. After the game, he was critical of the effort given by some of his teammates.
"We didn't compete, were weren't ready, it's a shame for our team," he said, via LakersNation.com. "We are young and all the young guys are playing and we should all be happy to be on the court. We should compete every second out there and we obviously didn't do that tonight. We should be ashamed. Next game we should go as hard as we can to correct this game."
Coach Luke Walton appeared to have the same takeaway from the loss, saying, "Young guys aren’t supposed to get tired, they're supposed to be thrilled to be out there, that’s the disheartening part."
With the season pretty much lost, Los Angeles has been giving guys like Zubac more minutes. But considering Walton's criticism of the younger group's effort, the coach might end up changing his mind and giving his regular players their minutes back.