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Lakers star Anthony Davis shoots at Russell Westbrook after defeat

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Anthony Davis apparently fired at Los Angeles Lakers teammate Russell Westbrook after the Los Angeles Lakers’ most recent loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

The Lakers hung around, though LeBron James was out through injury, losing 120-114 and falling to 2-10 this season. A particularly hard stretch from Westbrook late in the first half helped add an extra spark to the Kings.

In the last minute of the second quarter, Westbrook was called on for a technical play, flipped the ball twice – leading to buckets by the Kings – and committed a take foul. Westbrook’s unfortunate series of plays helped Sacramento as they went 14-5 at halftime.

“We have our moments when our IQ is very high. We have our moments when our IQ is very low.” said Davis after the game.

He then got more specific and refined the end of the first half in what appeared to be a clear shot for Westbrook.

“Pair of ‘my bads’ at the end of the first half and they go on a 14-5 run. Certain moments when we can’t have “my weaknesses”. It’s good that the lads recognize their mistakes and accept them, but we have to try to limit those ‘my mistakes’ to 2-3 per game.” said Davis.

Westbrook played 34 minutes in the loss and did something good. He had 21 points, 11 assists and four rebounds, and also hit four of his seven 3-point attempts. However, he turned the ball over five times and was minus 13.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham has been very supportive of Westbrook and maintained that stance even after the team’s tenth loss.

“I thought there were some unfortunate plays that he would normally make. But if I had to do it again, I would put him in the same situations,” Ham said. “I have certain things that stick in my mind, but without going through the film I can’t really go into detail.”

The Lakers are 12 games into the season and currently sit in the basement of the Western Conference, tied on points with the Rockets for the worst record in the NBA.

Davis didn’t hold back as he spoke about morale in the locker room after a fifth straight loss.

“The energy in our dressing room feels like 2-10”, said Davis.

Davis – who was struggling through illness to be available – finished the game with 24 points and 14 rebounds with three assists and two blocks. His problem was a lack of aggression for a full four quarters, but the guys in the Lakers locker room have his back.

“This is his team and we will drive him until the wheels fall off.” Lakers guard Lonnie Walker IV said after losing to the kings.

The Lakers reshuffled their roster in the offseason, and a string of recent injuries and ailments have prevented LA from finding its most effective combinations on the court.

“As collaborators, we have to keep working on it and finding the combinations to make it work,” Ham said. “We had the game down there to the end. We had some bad fouls and lost possession. At the end of the day we have to be on the same page and compete.”

The Lakers have another chance to turn things around when they take on the Brookly Nets on Sunday.

“As collaborators, we have to keep working on it and finding the combinations to make it work,” Ham said. “We had the game down there to the end. We had some bad fouls and lost possession. At the end of the day we have to be on the same page and compete.”



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