湖人双榜眼应为输球买单

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作者:Bill Oram
翻译:湖人科小扎
校对:Shiro&邦邦

明尼阿波利斯——周日森林狼队和湖人队之间的这场比赛将会被人们铭记,因为那天晚上汤姆·锡伯杜发现一场22分的大胜还不足以保住他的工作。

然而从湖人的角度来看,在这场108-86大比分的失利中,卢克·沃顿已经足够努力,但球队中最重要的球员却完全没有打出应有的表现。

让7英尺高的伊维卡·祖巴茨和中锋贾维尔·麦吉搭档首发,企图以此阻止森林狼的进攻,沃顿的这个决定无疑于是一场灾难。比赛开始四分钟,湖人就以15-1落后,沃顿随即将祖巴茨换下场。直到森林狼的领先优势扩大到22-3,湖人才开始止血。

为了改善场上的局势,沃顿将两位榜眼新秀——布兰登·英格拉姆和朗佐·鲍尔同时放在场上。只要是关注勒布·朗詹姆斯缺阵后湖人队比赛的人,都明白这两位21岁的年轻人身上承担着多大的压力。目前外界认为二人充其量是偶有闪光点,但多数情况下毫无用处。

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周日,鲍尔在23分钟内没有得分,而英格拉姆16投只得了13分。

沃顿一直以来都是二人的支持者。当他们处于挣扎阶段时,他一直都全力捍卫二人。但在这周日,他对这两名代表湖人第二波攻击阵容的球员(全员健康时)提出了最尖锐的批评。

“他们在努力,但他们还年轻,”沃顿在湖人近六场比赛中的第五次失利后说,“在某种程度上,我们需要更多的激情,我们需要更凶狠的进攻。这与得更多的分无关,我们当前更应该做的是加大强度,大声的交流,争抢(篮板)。不只是他们,在球队恢复健康之前,你必须带着熊熊燃烧的激情在这个联盟打球。”
不仅仅是沃顿批评了湖人缺乏强度,这是整个更衣室讨论的主题。

“我认为在目前的处境中,我们的对抗不够强硬,” 经验丰富的中锋泰森·钱德勒说,“因为事实是,即使当勒布朗或者隆多回归,球队依然需要那种竞争力。这会让比赛变得更容易。然后当你进入季后赛,每一个回合都要努力竞争,一个回合的失利就可能会导致输掉比赛。”

在82场比赛的赛季中,球队偶尔有一场发挥不佳很正常。即使是在詹姆斯上场的情况下,湖人今年早些时候在奥兰多也有过一场类似的比赛:在去年11月,湖人曾在首节就落后猛龙队31分。但周日的比赛不同。曾一度连续六场将胜率保持在50%以上,并在圣诞节赢下金州勇士队的湖人队,现在21胜19负,在西部排名一路下滑。

“当球队健康的时候,在联盟中取胜已经很艰难了,” 沃顿说,“所以,当阵容不整时,队员们需要加倍的努力。”

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湖人年轻的球星们在失败后又一次说出了正确的话。

“我们现在落后于许多得分手。” 鲍尔说,“我需要改进自己的表现。显然我今晚没有做好,我会立即着手改进,”

在上一场在标靶中心的比赛中,当锡伯杜和巴特勒还在森林狼拿薪水的时候,湖人让森林狼抢了20个进攻篮板。

由于凯尔·库兹马因为背部受伤连续第二场缺席,而沃顿不想让约什·哈特首发对阵大前锋塔什·吉布森。双塔战术就这样诞生了。

“我们只是想用大个阵容来保证在身体对抗上不吃亏,但是我们没能得分,” 沃顿说,“我们在篮板球方面做得不错,但他们能把球投进,所以这不是一个很好的数据。”

更换教练是周日晚上的热门话题,所以我们不可能不去想魔术师约翰逊对沃顿的耐心到底有多高。新的先发阵容是一个大胆的、引人注目的、失败的决定。然而,约翰逊曾公开表示沃顿的位置是稳固的,除非有什么“灾难性的事情”发生(我们在等待“灾难”的定义)。就连科比·布莱恩特看到一条暗示沃顿是问题所在的推特后,也做出了回应。

原文:
Lakers’ blowout loss lands squarely on Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball
Bill Oram

MINNEAPOLIS — Sunday’s game between the Timberwolves and Lakers will primarily be remembered as the night Tom Thibodeau learned a 22-point win wasn’t enough to save his job.

From the Lakers’ perspective, however, the 108-86 loss will perhaps go down as the game Luke Walton tried too hard and his most important players tried not at all.

Walton’s decision to start 7-footer Ivica Zubac alongside center JaVale McGee in order to keep the Timberwolves off the glass was a clear and immediate disaster. The Lakers fell behind 15-1 before Walton could get Zubac off the floor four minutes into the game. The Timberwolves’ lead ballooned to 22-3 before the Lakers showed any signs of life.

And that didn’t come until Walton had to pull Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, the second overall picks in the 2016 and ’17 drafts. Those who have followed the Lakers on their recent journey without LeBron James understand the pressure that’s mounting on the 21-year-olds, whose turn in the spotlighthas been defined by inconsistency at best and futility at worst.

On Sunday, Ball was scoreless in 23 minutes, while Ingram scored 13 points on 16 shots.
Walton has long been a champion of both players and has defended them intensely when they have struggled. But Sunday brought his most pointed criticism of two players who represent the second wave of the Lakers’ attack (when healthy).

“They’re trying, but they’re young,” Walton said after the Lakers lost for the fifth time in six games. “At some point, we need more passion. We need more fight. And that’s not scoring more. That’s more diving for loose balls, communicating loudly, grabbing (rebounds). … It’s not just them, but until we get healthy again, you’ve got to play in this league with some passion and fire.”

It was not just Walton who called out the Lakers for their lack of intensity. It was a theme throughout the locker room.

“I don’t think right now we’re competing hard enough with the situation that we’re in,” veteran center Tyson Chandler said. “Because the thing is, just because Bron comes back or (Rajon) Rondo comes back, you still want that type of competition. Because it just makes it that much easier and then when you’re flowing into the playoffs.

“That’s what it’s going to be like. You’ve got to compete for every possession because in the playoffs one possession loses the game.”

Teams are certainly allowed empty performances over the course of an 82-game season. Even with James playing, the Lakers had one earlier in the year in Orlando and at one point faced a 31-point first-quarter deficit to Toronto back in November. But Sunday felt different. The Lakers, now 21-19, are sliding in the West after improving to six games over .500 with a win in Golden State on Christmas.
“It’s hard to win in this league when you are healthy,” Walton said. “So you need to double that effort when guys are down.”

Once again, the Lakers’ young stars said the right things after failing to do them.

“We’re down a lot of scorers right now,” Ball said. “I’ve got to pick up that load. Obviously I didn’t do it tonight. I’ve got to pick it up tomorrow.”

In their previous game this season at Target Center, back in the days when Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler still drew paychecks from the Timberwolves, the Lakers let Minnesota grab 20 offensive rebounds.

With Kyle Kuzma missing his second straight game with a lower back contusion, Walton didn’t want to start Josh Hart for a second straight game at power forward with a matchup against Taj Gibson. Thus the Twin Towers strategy was born.

“We just want to be big and to be able to physically hold our own, but we weren’t able to score the ball,” Walton said. “We did an all right job rebounding, but I guess they weren’t missing shots, so that’s not a fair stat to look at.”

Coaching changes were the topic du jour Sunday night, so it was impossible not to wonder just what Magic Johnson’s patience level is with Walton during this stretch. The new starting lineup was bold, and upon further consideration, a high-visibility decision that failed to pay off. However, Johnson is on record as saying Walton’s job is safe barring “something drastic” (we await the definition of that ominous phrase). Even Kobe Bryant felt the need to respond to a Twitter antagonist who suggested Walton was the problem.

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