Phoenix Suns is already becoming a very annoying thorn for the Los Angeles Lakers. Counting two very different things like the Playoffs of a few months ago and the current preseason. five consecutive victories of those of Arizona against those of California: this Sunday the Suns prevailed by 123-94 at the Staples Center in a meeting that He didn’t have Devin Booker or LeBron James.

While the Suns continue in almost total continuity of that team that shone last season and finished in the Finals, it shows that These almost new Lakers have things to work on. Those directed by Frank Vogel they still haven’t been able to win (They have a 0-3 record), something that is anecdotal at this stage of preparation, but they also do not find defensive solidity, good attack execution or a large number of individualities that bring them afloat.

The Suns crushed them in the inner zone, either fighting for the rebounds (55 for Phoenix and 36 for Los Angeles) or anotando search for aro, where DeAndre Ayton was not the only one to add easily but other players such as JaVale McGee, Abdel Nader, Cameron Payne or Cameron Johnson also found that way.

The story started with the Suns winning the first quarter 28-18 and extending his lead to 12 points during the second quarter, the only one who had a good passage from the Lakers: a 14-0 run with Russell Westbrook, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard on the court forcing losses and bad shots from the Suns and taking advantage of Davis-defined transition attacks.

By Payne Phoenix could also go to halftime winning 51-44 and later annihilated Lakers in the third quarter: it was 37-20 needing just a triple and taking advantage of the free way to the basket that the Angelenos gave them, unbalanced in defense and barely taking some air with triples from Bazemore or Carmelo Anthony. Seven losses were committed by the Lakers in that period and nearly a dozen points from the Suns came after them.

The last room It was already for the non-habitual players of the rotations and not even that one could win the Lakers: The Suns took it 35-30 with Chasson Randle and Jalen Smith as the axes of the attack against the Lakers of Chaundee Brown and Austin Reeves.

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Chris Paul scored all his shots from mid-range: did not have the same luck with the triples (1-4) and even so it was the top scorer of winners with 15 points to which he added 5 assists. It is not that CP3 has put a lot, but Phoenix dealt his cards very well to reach 123 points: eight players added nine units or more and the 14 who stepped onto the court were entered on the scorers sheet.

Shamet responded from the start in Booker’s place to finish with 13 points. (3-5 on 3s), DeAndre Ayton had a low-key night of 11 points and 9 rebounds and between Jae Crowder (1-5 from the perimeter) and Cameron Payne (0-5) they dropped the Suns’ ERA to a 31 % in triples with just nine hits. It didn’t matter: the bank made up for that with McGee’s 12 points, 3 blocks and 9 rebounds in 16 minutes, 12 points and 9 rebounds from Jalen Smith in another 16 minutes and 9 points from Cam Johnson.

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Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Kent Bazemore are the three Lakers who passed this time in a meeting in which in addition to LeBron James Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker rested, two players who were being the best of the preseason.

AD contributed 19 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds: Nothing new to score on him other than he didn’t have a firm night on the jump shot (1-5 on those shots). Melo He left behind the bad night he had against the Golden State Warriors and was in the tune of the debut against Phoenix: 17 points in 16 minutes with 4-7 in triples. Bazemore for his part showed the reasons why Vogel seems to think of him as a starter: defensive intensity (4 steals), triples (2-5) and legs ready to run the court. Wayne Ellington, the other pick, was tough on the shot: 1-5 from the outside.

The Westbrook’s second performance with the Lakers it was no better than the first against Golden State: 9 turnovers, 3-12 from the field with some airballs (shot chart below) and just 8 points and 5 assists in 26 minutes for the former Washington Wizards point guard against the test of playing without LeBron, something the franchise can look to draw on on some nights of the Regular Season. In the competition of experienced pivots, Dwight Howard was once again a bit more trustworthy than DeAndre Jordan, really bad performance. The guards Kendrick Nunn and Rajon Rondo There were no differences in the battle for being the substitute point guard: it was a weak game for the two.

A troubling number for Frank Vogel’s head: the Lakers committed 23 losses in this game and have a total of 83 in four preseason games, with 50 between this game and Golden State last Friday.

Phoenix will end its preseason schedule on Wednesday, playing at home to the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Lakers have two games to go to try to lift his head: Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors and Thursday against the Sacramento Kings.

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