The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped another game against a weakened opponent, falling 108-95 to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies played without Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke, among others, when they hosted the Lakers on Thursday. That didn’t stop them from dominating the game from the second quarter onwards, leading to a blowout victory over L.A.
Head coach Frank Vogel said having “too much of a casualness to our approach” hurt his team against the Grizzlies. However, Anthony Davis said the casualness didn’t stem from the fact they underrated a short-staffed opponent.
“Nah, they’re in the league for a reason,” Davis said. “All these guys can play, make shots. I think when their star players are out, we got to lock in even more because these guys have no conscience. They want to come in and beat the [Los Angeles] Lakers, beat LeBron [James], beat AD. They want to beat Melo. They want these things. They want to say I gave the Lakers 30, 25, or whatever.”