Such flippancy with the rock won't fly against San Antonio, a disciplined team that ranks around the middle of the pack in opponent turnover percentage but that doesn't make many mistakes itself.
On the morning of the game against the Hawks, Walton and his rookie point guard were forced to answer several questions about whether he still has the locker room and their relationship.
"They rushed us, we tried to keep up with their pace and play at the same pace that they were".
His son, Lonzo, had 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 99-86 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, but the Lakers can still play much better, as they turned the ball over 26 times and made just 13-of-21 free-throw attempts (61.9 percent).
But when it comes to their playoff chances, the Lakers might not be doomed after all. "I thought in that sense, we were pathetic".
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) pauses during first half action against the LA Clippers Monday Dec. 18, 2017 at the AT&T Center. "I don't know what it was, but it was about time we got out of that rut". It's something that he and the Lakers will look to build upon in this upcoming three-game road trip with eyes toward extending their three-game win streak. Ball hit three 3-pointers and didn't miss a shot in the first half.
On a positive note, Danny Green (tightness, left groin) has been upgraded to questionable after missing the last four games.
Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 3-0-1 ATS in their last four against the Western Conference and 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine games overall. He responded with a calculated takedown of LaVar in which he referred to the Ball family patriarch as "just another fan in the peanut gallery" and said his opinion is "meaningless".
Before the game, Popovich didn't mince words when asked about the recent criticism of Walton from Lithuanian basketball power broker LaVar Ball: "I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks, and just stopping at that point would tell you that you don't need to listen or go any further". "I was very candid with him", Popovich said. "I would go close to nearly threatening, 'If you keep opening your mouth ... we are going to trade your son from the Lakers'". They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage and really understand the game, which he does. "I am going to enjoy the night and get some sleep finally and then we got to let [the win] go".
Spurs: Return home to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.