The Lakers continue to struggle in winning back to back games as they lost against the Phoenix Suns 76 to 99. The shots were not going in and the 7 man rotation Mike D’Antoni played with his stars Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant out looked too tired for the Suns.
Dwight Howard and Steve Nash had trouble knocking down shots but scored in double digits. Nash led the way with 19 points while Howard added 16. Antawn Jamison and Steve Blake scored a combined 43 points against the Sacramento Kings in the first game of the back to back games but could not repeat another great performance against the Suns. Steve Blake did have a solid game scoring 13 points but Jamison only had 3.
The Lakers for the most part came into the game sluggish and tired from the previous night especially on defence. It was clear that they needed their super star Kobe Bryant and a possible early return from Gasol who were out with injuries.
D’Antoni did not put in Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris, Chris Duhon and Robert Sacre until the last few minutes of the game. With a veteran filled rotation, Mike could have looked to provide a few more minutes of rest by maybe playing one or two of the four players out of the rotation earlier in the game. Pau Gasol is still out and is not giving a specific date on a return but said it would be soon. Bryant will look to return to the floor on Friday.
The Lakers are ahead of the Utah Jazz and caught a break in the conference standings because Utah was defeated by the New York Knicks 83 to 90. The Lakers have two days off before their next game on Friday against the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.