After starting the season a respectable 5-5 SU, 6-4 ATS, the Los Angeles Lakers are in freefall. There was the obligatory
after four straight losses; they've lost four straight since. Then there was last night's 133-96 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder that left rookie Kyle Kuzma saying the team "
." Overall, the Lakers have now lost eight straight and 11 of 12. They've also failed to cover six of their last seven. The schedule hasn't been easy and lightens considerably starting Friday with a three-game home swatch vs. Charlotte, Atlanta, and Sacramento.
"We gave up," Kuzma said. "You could see, they got basket after basket, we had no resistance on them on the defensive end and offensive end. When things got tough, we tried to do it individually, and you can't do that in this league.
"They took a little lead, and we just went to being selfish on the floor. We didn't compete on defense. They killed us. ... To lose by [nearly] 40, it is pretty embarrassing to be out there."