The Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-3 in the preseason after a 121-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors, but they are far from worried.
LeBron James and Russell Westbrook made their preseason debuts against the Warriors, each recording 17 minutes in a somewhat rusty comeback for the superstar duo.
Westbrook scored just two runs on a 1v7 shot while recording six turnovers.
“It won’t be all worked out for a week or two,” Westbrook said. “We have a long year ahead of us. It’s pre-season. We’ll find out.”
James was more direct with his feelings about preseason basketball, chuckling that the rough start was a concern.
“I care more about the training ground than the pre-season games,” said James. “I’m not going to learn anything from the preseason at this point in my career. Nothing. Zero.”
Anthony Davis, the third member of the Lakers Big Three, has taken his leave as head coach Frank Vogel does not pledge who will play in their next game against the Phoenix Suns.
James noted not only the change in personnel, but also the change in the offensive system, believing it will be a “process” to find the best ways to operate with the new group.
Elsewhere on the list, Dwight Howard filled in the stats sheet to finish with 23 points, 12 rebounds and one block, while Talen Horton-Tucker added 17 points.
The Lakers will have another look at the Warriors in preseason action, before the two teams meet on opening night at Staples Center.