The Los Angeles Lakers are having a really tough time winning games after a 3rd straight loss in a row. The loss against the Dallas Mavericks, 109-104, this Tuesday marks their 14th loss in 20 games. Their struggles have aggravated ever since Anthony Davis got sidelined due to a mid-foot sprain.
Even after the Lakers head coach, Frank Vogel’s remarks in a press interview that they got to flush out, the Lakers have continued to disappoint and its getting pretty evident that they might not even be in the Playoff scenario if this continues.
After looking at the Lakers’ lackluster performance against the Mavericks, the Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal was very upset with their performance. “When you’re a Laker, and you’re a big-name player, and you’re playing in L.A., all opponents, I don’t care who they are, they’re going to be coming into L.A. and they’re going to be playing above their heads,” said Shaq. “And you can never make an excuse for lack of effort”.
It looks like they’re quitting – Shaq
The Lakers fanbase have always had their players back and they give their whole-hearted support to their team whether they win or lose. However, the word lack of effort clearly described the mental state of the players against the Mavericks and the fans were having none of that as they started booing LeBron and the Lakers mid-game.
Of course, being an All-Time Great and three-peating as Finals MVP for the Lakers during his prime, Shaquille O’Neal also had to go through his share of failures. He stated, “You’ve gotta at least put more effort into it. I don’t mind losing, but when you don’t have a lot of effort, it shows that, I hate to use this word, it looks like they’re quitting.”
The Lakers are now 7 games away from a winning record and are placed 9th in their conference standings. The Lakers have to pull off a Herculean effort if they want to clinch a playoff spot. With the unpredictable absence of Anthony Davis and a lack of defensive identity the Lakers have their work cut out for them. On the bright side, they still have 21 more games in their hand to turn this thing around and silencing the critics.