Today is the first day back to work for most people after the long, Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. For Lakers fans, the return to work is worse than usual, as the purple-and-gold got thumped last night by the Boston Celtics, 139-107. Now, I used “thumped”, but you can use plenty of different verbs for what the Celtics did to the Lakers. “Beat down”, “massacred”, and “destroyed” are others that come to my mind. Lakers’ superstar LeBron James has one of his own, as he said the Celtics were “whupping” the Lakers all night.
Here’s exactly what he had to say to summarize the Lakers efforts in the second half specifically, courtesy of Spectrum SportsNet:
“I mean listen, it was just a good old-fashioned butt whupping, that’s all. They beat us on all facets of the game. From the outside, the interior, points off turnovers, offensive rebounds, (those) were the main ingredients of this ‘L'”
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 21, 2020
Although the most entertaining part of the quote is LeBron likening the win to a “butt whupping”, he gets real with the media by listing out exactly the key components to why the Lakers lost. The Celtics were abusing the Lakers at their own game, dominating the paint behind 14 offensive rebounds with six of those being attributed to Enes Kanter who ended the game with 18 points. LeBron also stated that the Celtics beat them from the outside, which they did, hitting 16 of their 34 three-point attempts (47.1%). A good amount of those threes came off of the Lakers eight turnovers in the first half, which helped them go into intermission with a 14-point lead before they blew the doors off the Lakers in the third quarter.
Hopefully, the Lakers won’t have any more “butt whuppings” like they sustained Monday night, especially not against such a huge rival to the franchise.
The Lakers will look to turn things around Wednesday night, as they visit the New York Knicks.