After an embarrassing blowout loss in Phoenix on Monday night, Triple Threat allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to explain the 99-76 loss to the Suns in their own words.
“We just didn’t play well, shoot well, take care of the ball well, and got beaten.” – Lakers Coach, Mike D’Antoni
“Phoenix just played great tonight…they just played better than us—bottom line.” – Earl Clark
“We just kind of hit the wall. It was our ninth game in 14 days in seven cities, and you could just kind of see the wheels fell off. Especially lately with guys injured, we’ve been playing a seven-man rotation, and I think it just caught up with us a little bit.” – Steve Nash
“Some nights, you got to accept that you’re not the better team. You got to move on and just get better from there.” -Metta World Peace
“We just lost our legs a little bit…we were just undermanned and a step slow.” – Steve Blake
“We got tomorrow off [to] rest up, get away from basketball. [We can] regroup on Wednesday, and get ready for the next couple weeks.” –Antawn Jamison
“It’s one game. We can’t allow it to stop us and what our mission is. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to play, but we got to get this game out of our head and come back in a couple days and get another win. I’m disappointed that we lost here. We wanted to win for Steve [Nash], but we still have an opportunity in front of us, and we have to put this game behind us.” –Dwight Howard
The Lakers have Tuesday off, return to practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and host the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Staples Center. D’Antoni was hopeful that both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol would return to the starting lineup on Friday.