Monday 18th December 2017,
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Lots of Shade was Thrown Following Los Angeles Lakers’ 39-Point Loss to Houston Rockets

Lots of Shade was Thrown Following Los Angeles Lakers’ 39-Point Loss to Houston Rockets

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On the heels of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 139-100 loss to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, there was much to talk about.

There was also a lot of shade that needed to be thrown, apparently.

Let’s start with head coach Luke Walton. He was irate, per the Los Angeles Daily News‘ Mark Medina:

Okay, now let’s allow the sub-talking to begin!

Per the Los Angeles Times‘ Tania Ganguli:

Lou Williams, now a member of the Rockets, also joined in on the fun:

The Twitter machine speculated that Brewer and Williams were talking about D’Angelo Russell. Who knows if the social-media prognosticators are right, but Russell’s own comments were less than encouraging:

Drama in Los Angeles (well, technically, Houston). Shocker.

The Lakers have the NBA’s second-worst record. They shut down Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to play the kiddies. Walton is tinkering with a bunch of different lineup combinations. None of the team’s most important players have more than two or three years of NBA experience. There are going to be nights like this, when the outlook is bleak and the postgame comments sound ominous. It’s a part and parcel of rebuilding.

What matters now is how the Lakers respond. They don’t have to rattle off five straight wins, but they do have to remedy the morale, so that nights like this, when they inevitably happen, don’t devolve into a shade-throwing party.

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