Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris believes that the Suns disrespected the defending champions in the Game 5 loss
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns last night. The hosts blew out the defending champions 115-85 to take Game 5. The Suns have now retaken the lead and are ahead 3-2 in the series. Devin Booker led the way for the Suns, scoring 30 points, grabbing 7 rebounds. Chris Paul had to exit the game early, with an apparent shoulder injury. In his absence, Cameron Payne scored a quick 16 points.
For the Lakers, the absence of Anthony Davis really hurt them. Apart from LeBron James, who finished the game with 24 points and 7 assists, no one else could get their game going offensively. Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points, but that was all the Lakers could manage offensively.
Markieff Morris feels that the Suns disrespected them
The Los Angeles Lakers went from aspiring back-to-back champions to being a team that’s holding on for dear life. At this point, they’re just trying to avoid a terrible NBA record.
Lakers lose Game 5 in Phoenix 115-85. They will need to win two games in a row to avoid becoming the sixth defending champion in league history to follow up their title with a first round playoff exit the next season.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 2, 2021
After the Game, Markieff Morris addressed the media and talked about how the game felt to them.
Markieff Morris: “I said when I came to the locker room, ‘They just disrespected us.'”
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) June 2, 2021
Morris, who was a key role player in the 2020 NBA Championship, felt like the Lakers lacked their championship DNA this game. According to him, they need to showcase the same in Game 6 if they plan to stay alive in the post-season.
Even Kyle Kuzma felt as if the Lakers were disrespected by the Suns this game. He said, “I think we just got our ass kicked. We got disrespected out there. So I think that should be enough to give us some.”
If the Lakers’ players are to be trusted, they are set to come into Game 6 with some added motivation. Game 6 would be a win-or-go-home for the defending champions. It takes place on Thursday.