The Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves in trouble at the end of games recently as they struggled to hold on to a fourth quarter lead against the Portland Trail Blazers and nearly lost to a tanking Orlando Magic team. In their most recent loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers managed to come back and grab a quick lead in the fourth before seemingly running out of gas.
Los Angeles ended up losing the game, but some trash talking from Jamal Murray seemed to rile up Luke Walton and the rest of the Lakers bench. Murray, who dribbled around Lonzo Ball in the purple and gold’s last visit to Denver, has clearly gotten on some of the Lakers’ nerves and according to Bill Oram of Orange County Register, Ball had some words about it:
Lonzo Ball said Jamal Murray dribbling around him at end of last meeting was a “punk move.” He wouldn’t feed much into tonight’s developments but did reference Murray’s “circus stuff.”
— Bill Oram (@billoram) March 10, 2018
Murray had some fun at the expense of the Lakers when the game was already in hand and obviously rubbed several people on Los Angeles’ sideline the wrong way. For Ball, who is normally immune to such tactics, to comment on Murray’s action is a sign that he too could do without the taunting.
However, there are more important issues the Lakers need to address such as their defensive performances late in games. Without Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart on the wing, the purple and gold are going to need to get creative as the 2017-2018 NBA season winds down.