Lance says Lakers needed win over Suns for angry Walton

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"We had to get that W". Walton criticized officials for what he and the Lakers felt were several missed calls and was fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association on Wednesday. "He told us we've got to lock in on defense and play unselfish basketball and get a W".

While they allowed the Suns to shoot above 52 percent on Wednesday, the Lakers got stops when needed and benefited from Stephenson's best game since March. He finished with 23 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and just four turnovers in 29 minutes.

He also talks about getting his first triple-double as a Laker and jokes about what would have happened if the Lakers lost another game, "If we didn't get this win tonight, they probably would have taken us off national televised games". Though the Suns' immediate worry is Booker's health status after leaving the game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring, Phoenix's broader concern is how the season's narrative has quickly flipped from promising to disastrous. "But I'm not pleased with any part of game, including defence". Kokoskov has already changed that in a big way through the first few games of his tenure on the bench, as the new-look Phoenix attack has been far more democratically than the 2017-18 version.

In a recent article on ESPN, McGee said that his asthma is not as bad as folks have made it out to be, and the rumored severity of his condition may have actualy hurt him over the course of his career. "There's a reason I take it, so I don't have asthma when I take my asthma medicine". "We played against playoff teams", said McGee, who also hit his first 3-pointer since the 2012-13 season and second overall of his career.

The Lakers (1-3) will look to put together their first winning streak when the undefeated Denver Nuggets (4-0) visit on Thursday.

The visitors were without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, who are serving bans for their part in a brawl during defeat by the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

"But if we are going to play a certain way, let's not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession. When we get to that threshold of greatness that we can be at, I feel like we're going to be unstoppable".

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