The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their fifth straight loss at the hands of the high-powered Houston Rockets. While it was not a game the Lakers expected to win, it was rather to disappointing to watch them get blown out 95-118.
Among the issues currently plaguing Los Angeles, the most notable has been the turnovers they have committed. According to Bill Oram of the O.C. Register, even head coach Luke Walton has become increasingly irritated with the team’s turnovers:
“If I had the magic wand,” Walton said, “that’d be the one thing I would fix that would give us the best chance of getting a win.”
Although turnovers have been somewhat of an issue all year long, they were magnified during their recent losses to the Rockets and the Denver Nuggets. During that two-game span, the Lakers turned the ball over a whopping 42 times. To no surprise, the team currently leads the league in turnovers with 17.5 per game.
Being careless with the ball is usually a consistent trait in young teams, especially when they are led by rookie point guards such as Lonzo Ball. However, it is clear that the turnovers have been a team issue. That said, it could take some time for the Lakers to start learning the value of every single possession.