At what point do you panic? The Los Angeles Lakers lost their third game to open the season. It was their ninth loss in nine games going back to the preseason. Once again, the same ugly flaws raised their ugly heads.
The Los Angeles Clippers, on the other hand, looked artful. They were crisp on offense, pushing the ball, keeping the Lakers on their heels. Their ball movement was outstanding.
The Clippers took an early lead and then expanded it to double digits. That seems to be the trend. In fact, based on review of play-by-play box scores, the Lakers have not led beyond the first quarter in any game this season.
The most telling stat of the night was Chris Paul's 15 assists, which matched the Lakers' team total. It's mind-boggling how an offense that is supposed to emphasize passing can't get more than 15 assists in a night.
The Lakers only took 68 shots on the night. The Lakers need to be worried because this offense, which is supposed to create shots off of ball movement, isn't doing it. They are dead last in the league with just 71 field goal attempts per game.