Lakers Drop Third Straight in Vegas

After a much-improved effort in Friday’s second summer league loss to Sacramento, the Lakers fell back to their poor form from an opening loss to Golden State by being blown out 106-56 by Miami on Monday in Las Vegas.

Darius Morris and Christian Eyenga combined for 25 points, but needed 29 shots to get there, symbolic of an 18 for 68 (26.5 percent) shooting performance by the team that had L.A. trailing by double figures just five minutes into the game.

While beating teams featuring lottery picks like Harrison Barnes (GSW) and Thomas Robinson (SAC) and second year players like Klay Thompson (GSW) and Norris Cole (MIA) isn’t necessarily an expectation for L.A., Chuck Person and his staff have been looking for better energy and effort.

This because several of the players — from Christian Eyenga, Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock to rookies Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre — have a chance to fight for either minutes on the floor or a place on the team once training camp starts in October.

L.A. did do some good work on the offensive glass, grabbing 12 boards to Miami’s four to win the board battle 37-34, but that was about the only bright spot on the stat sheet.

From an individual standpoint, Eyenga used his athleticism to get to the rim, but struggled to finish, hitting only 3 of 12 shots, while Morris continually probed the paint but also failed to convert most of his attempts, making just 4 of 17. One can usually count upon Goudelock for some scoring, but he too struggled, hitting only 2 of 10 field goals.

The 7-foot Sacre had just one rebound in his 32 minutes to go with nine points, while Johnson-Odom turned the ball over five times, masking some good on-the-ball defense, though he did match Morris with three assists.

L.A. has two more chances to get a win in Vegas, first against the Spurs on Tuesday and finally against the Clippers on Thursday, the five aforementioned players all looking to show the team’s coaches and brass that they have more to offer than has been shown thus far.