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Skip Bayless tears into 9-time NBA All-Star for his struggles with the LA Lakers


The LA Lakers, featuring Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, suffered a 139-130 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Behind rookie Jalen Green’s career night, the Lakers’ superstars watched helplessly as one of the worst teams in the NBA carved them up in the extra period. The Rockets didn’t play like they have been struggling all season long.
They didn’t look like a team that had lost 13 of their last 15 games and were missing two of their starters. Houston’s young core kept in step with the star-studded LA Lakers for four quarters before annihilating their illustrious rivals in overtime.
In a postgame interview, Westbrook emphasized that teams are playing harder against his side regardless of their records because they are the Lakers.
“Incredible: Westbrook now says main reason Lakers are losing is that they don’t play as hard as their opponents - that that’s the scouting report on them. Teammates will not love that. Westbrick leads the NBA in turnovers, is last in 3-pt shooting, 3rd to last in FT-shooting.”
The former two-time scoring champ shot efficiently, hitting 11-21 shots and 7-8 free throws. Like most of the LA Lakers' losses, tonight's loss didn't fall on one player alone. They have to collectively play harder and show more heart and hustle.
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