4 lessons of the Easter Sunday Clippers’ beating

Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports – Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers spent their Easter Sunday playing the Los Angeles Clippers in front of a nationwide TV audience. The Lakers laid an egg on their Sunday morning as the Clippers destroyed the Lake Show in front of a nationwide TV audience.

Lake Show Life breaks down what else happened in Lake Show Life Lessons! The Los Angeles Lakers’ only extensive post-game report with in-depth analysis and highlights.

Most of the Lakers Nation knew an upheaval wasn’t going to come for the injury-exhausted Los Angeles Lakers against a nearly completely intact Los Angeles Clippers team. Stars are needed to win games and that proved when the Clippers beat the Lakers 104-86 on Easter Sunday.

What’s troubling about this loss is how the outcome unfolded for the Lakers. Coming into that game, the Lake Show played their most complete game on Friday night, beating the Sacramento Kings.

It was an opportunity to build on good habits (movement of the ball… 3-point shooting… defense) illustrated by a surprising eruption. Instead, the Lakers came out listless and played from behind almost from the start.

This quote from Lakers reporter Mike Trudell sums up how bad the Lakers offense was.

Kyle Kuzma said he doesn’t think the Lakers played together on offense today, unlike how they moved the ball and trusted the pass against SAC, or in previous wins over CLE / ORL la last week.

Lake Show Life has a player who might be solely responsible for the decline in offensive effectiveness (we’ll talk about that later!), But that game could come down to the Morris Twins game. In the first quarter, both were playing well.

Check out the overall breakdowns of the twins, Markieff and Marcus Morris.

Markieff Morris:

  • Scored the Lakers’ first seven points on a 3-3 shot. The rest of the starters? Three turnovers and three missed shots at the start of the first quarter.
  • He finished the first frame with 9 points on 4-5 shots.
  • Keef only got five more shots the rest of the game (most at the end of the game!) Finishing with 9 points on 4-10 shots.

Marcus Morris:

  • Marcus matched his brother up and down. The only problem was that he had help from his teammates. The Clippers landed their first five shots which expanded to seven of eight.
  • At halftime, Morris Sr. was leading everyone with 17 points on a 7-9 shot.
  • The Clippers continued to feed their twin Morris with the ball to keep shooting. He ended up dominating the Clippers with 22 points.

Thanks to the closure of Markieff Morris by the Lakers’ offensive program (or a certain playmaker not recognizing the hot hand!), Marc Gasol was the first Laker in double digits after the third quarter and the only starter two-digit with 11 points.

He knocked down three shots from behind the arc and scored that basket to account for his point total.

This loss for the Lakers will drop the Lakers to 5th place in the Western Conference standings with a victory for the Denver Nuggets over the Orlando Magic.

The Los Angeles Lakers are now embarking on a long trip to the East Coast that begins in Tampa, Florida against the Toronto Raptors. The rest of the week gets a lot tougher with the Miami Heat on Thursday and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

To new Los Angeles Lakers fans who are visiting us for the first time, welcome to Lake Show Life Lessons. Our in-depth post-game report with video analysis will cover the Los Angeles Lakers’ progress all season long!

Over the next few pages, we’ll feature highlights from some of the players and coaches. Then the comments section is filled with savvy fans adding their basketball knowledge. We usually start with the stars.

Let’s move on to the first lesson to find out who!

Alicia R. Rucker