Short-handed Spurs fall to Ingram, Lakers, 93-81

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After Sunday's (AEDT) overtime win over the Mavericks, the Lakers are now 15-27, the same record they held at this point last season.

Earlier in the campaign, president of the Lakers operations, Magic Johnson, called for a "shot doctor" to work with the team's shooting woes.

After LaVar Ball claimed Walton had lost the team and that none of the Lakers wanted to play for him, the organization's brass was notably silent.

However, Kerr and other National Basketball Association coaches were recently prompted to speak up against Ball's recent tirades that were aimed at L.A. Lakers head coach Luke Walton. "I don't know that part of it, but he's day-to-day right now", Walton said. I would usually be all over the Spurs in this matchup, but I actually think this a good spot for the Lakers to get the cover at home while the Spurs are so shorthanded. In the case of Luke Walton, that argument tends to come from frustration stemming from the young core still not quite where we all want them to be. For now, Walton is still at the helm, but if the team's results don't improve, it wouldn't be surprising for the Lakers to pull the trigger and go in a different direction.

Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on January 11, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Frankly, the Lakers probably hadn't said anything because they didn't want to respond to a player's dad's comments.

Fresh off of a 107-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs faced their second California opponent this week in Lonzo Ball and the new-look Lakers. Golden State coach Steve Kerr, coach Stan Van Gundy and coach Gregg Popovich also expressed their support for Walton and their disdain for Ball being given a platform to speak his mind. "But it's a situation that is going to take time, and it certainly doesn't need any outside chatter from people who do not have a clue and have not gotten over themselves". He was the only Arkansas player to finish in double figures, a troubling sign for a team that entered SEC play with five scorers averaging more than 10 points per game.

Like Ingram, Nance has hit his stride recently, putting up 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last three games while shooting 16-of-21 from the field - mostly by waiting for playmakers to find him cutting to the hoop.

Interestingly, the Lakers' front office has yet to issue a statement of support for Walton.

The Lakers, 14-27, are en route to Dallas for a matchup against the Mavericks tomorrow night, followed by road games in Memphis and Oklahoma City next week.