Because the Lakers struggled to get stops within the fourth because the Pacers dissolved their 17-point lead over 10 minutes, some issues reemerged.
The Lakers, particularly within the ultimate two minutes, couldn’t snuff out possessions because the Pacers dominated the boards, resulting in second possibilities. And whereas Anthony Davis pointed to effort as a key a part of working the glass, the Lakers’ closing lineup consisted of Austin Reaves, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder — not precisely a number of dimension. The 2 gamers the staff counts on for wing minutes, Lonnie Walker IV and Troy Brown Jr. had been ineffective sufficient that the Lakers stayed small, even with Schroder ending a team-worst minus-16 as Tyrese Haliburton tortured the Lakers protection.
Patrick Beverley, who was serving the final of a three-game suspension for shoving Deandre Ayton, would’ve actually helped on rebounds, however the Lakers’ lack of dimension and depth on the wings actually was a much bigger issue.
It’s a part of the logic behind buying and selling Westbrook — getting again two usable gamers (or extra) for one, serving to to rebalance the roster.
Because the staff struggled on each ends of the ground, the Lakers weren’t flush with choices.