How to watch Kobe Bryant’s postgame press conference
KOBE BARKER’S press conference on Friday afternoon was as usual, and there was nothing to suggest there was a big shift in the Lakers’ fortunes.
The Lakers had won the first two games of their four-game road trip, but they have now dropped their last three, including a 114-107 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Bryant had 26 points and eight rebounds while shooting 10 for 18 from the field, and the Lakers outscored Memphis 42-27 in the paint.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak, and led to Lakers coach Luke Walton’s resignation.
“We didn’t play well, we didn’t win, we lost to the worst team in the league,” Bryant said.
“It’s been a roller coaster, man.
It’s been crazy.
That’s what it’s been.
We’ve had ups and downs, but we’re not where we want to be.
We’re not at the place where we need to be right now.
We have to get it together.”
Los Angeles was held to 41.5 percent shooting (21 of 48) from the floor, while Memphis made 35.1 percent (13 of 41) and outrebounded the Lakers 56-37.
Walton, however, didn’t want to dwell on the loss, even though he admitted it was “a tough loss.”
“We know that if we continue to play well it will be tough for us to get back to the playoffs,” Walton said.
Bryant, who was held scoreless in the second half, was asked about his comments on the media prior to the game, and he didn’t seem overly worried about the team’s inability to find its rhythm.
“I’m sure everybody else is worried,” Bryant told reporters after the game.
“But I know that we are playing better.
We know we are not the same team.
We are just playing the best basketball we can play.
I think that’s all I can say.”
Los Vegas has won its last three road games and won its two meetings against Memphis.
The Lakers have won five of their last seven against the Grizzlies, and Walton was able to salvage a win in the last meeting at Staples Center in January.
Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 24 points, while the Lakers had their season high in scoring with 34 points.
L.A. led 51-39 after the first quarter, but Memphis answered with a 13-2 run to take a 59-55 lead.
The Grizzlies scored 17 in the first half, including five 3-pointers by L.L.A.’s Blake Griffin and five by Tyreke Evans.
The Clippers’ 10 3-point attempts were the most by any team.
The game was tied at 58 on a dunk by Evans, who added a 3-pointer to give Los Angeles a 54-52 lead at the break.
The Grizzlies’ starting lineup had struggled against the Lakers for much of the season, but their offense has improved.
The duo of Evans and Griffin combined for 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Griffin finished with 13 points.
Evans also had eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The second half was much more productive for the Lakers, and they took advantage of Memphis’ struggles to pull away.
The Grizz were without starting center Rudy Gay, who left with a sprained right ankle.
Lillard, who played a season high 37 minutes against Memphis, scored 13 points in the final 10 minutes to lead the way for the Grizzlies.
The veteran point guard had only seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.
“This is a good team,” Evans said.
We can handle it.
We just have to find a way to get that going.
We can’t go out there and make it look easy.”
Los Angles will face the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m.
PT Saturday in a game that is expected to be the Lakers last chance at winning the West.
The Kings are 3-1 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the postseason.