Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/27/12
After the Lakers' 126-114 thrashing by the Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday night, Steve Nash was asked why his team came out with so little energy to start the game. Sometimes when you dont have anything nice to say, you dont say anything at all, the point guard said sardonically. With the Lakers' stunning inability to match the Nuggets intensity, there should have been a whole lot of silence coming from the losers locker room. The Nuggets put on an effort clinic that ended Los Angeles winning streak at five games and dropped them back under .500 at 14-15. Denver grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and scored 47 second-chance points, led by Corey Brewers 27 points and Kenneth Farieds 21 points and 15 rebounds. Ty Lawson also added 17 points and 14 assists for the 16-14 Nuggets, who lost to the Clippers at Staples Center less than 24 hours before the victory over L.A. Brewer hit four of his six three-pointers in the final quarter to help offset Kobe Bryants game-high 40. It was the 116th time in his career that the 34-year-old Bryant scored 40 or more points in a game, and he extended his NBA record for most consecutive 30-plus point games for a player his age to ten. The news wasnt as positive for Lakers center Dwight Howard, who was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul, smashing Faried in the face and sending him down hard onto the court with 5:01 remaining in the third quarter. He faces a possible suspension for Friday nights game when the Lakers host Portland at Staples Center, but feels he doesnt deserve it especially since hes never been tossed for a Flagrant 2 in his career. "I was surprised it was a Flagrant 2," he said. "My intention was never to hurt Faried. I like the young fellow and my intention was just to foul. I come down the lane, somebody is going to foul me hard, put me on the free throw line and make me shoot free throws. It was the same kind of thing. You shouldnt get penalized for fouling somebody hard. I had no intention of hurting anybody it was just a hard foul. Its the way the game of basketball is played. Ive been fouled harder and nobody has gotten kicked out of the game for it. Dont put me on a different scale because Im a strong guy. A foul is a foul. And a message is a message, one that the determined Howard may have been sending to his teammates with his knockdown of Faried. Too many times this season, the Lakers' energy has been lacking from the start of games. It usually ends up with them playing poor defense and turning the ball over, the opposing team getting the hustle stats and eventually scoring easy baskets. Howard has been relentless about verbally pointing out the continued deficiencies, and listening to the way he phrased his remarks could lead one to believe that hed tired of the talk and felt it was time to walk the walk. I dont think our effort as a team was there tonight, he said. They just played harder than us. We need to forget about (this loss). Its over. We need to come back the next game with a better effort. Nash who came through with a 15-point, 8-assist performance was on the same page as Howard when it came to the Lakers maddening lack of effort. Our job is to come out ready to play and fight to win, he said. Sometimes you dont have your legs, but you have to fight and find other ways to win games. We have to do better than that. And a lot of that has to come from the coaching staff. Maybe Mike DAntoni hasnt realized it or accepted it but this team is not going to win a title fast-breaking for 48 minutes each game. He continues to have the team push the ball even in the mile-high Denver air and the consequence has been lackluster defensive play, because theyre too tired. And the habit of falling behind early and having to try to come back in almost every contest also saps a teams strength physically and mentally. The players are now all there and almost completely healthy. Its time for DAntoni to figure out what works best for his team, implement it and stick with it. Like Nash keeps saying, this team should be in desperation mode. DAntoni and his staff should be as well.
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