Updated 11:55 AM EST, Sat, Mar 06, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers 2014 Preseason News: Lakers Lose, Randall 'Lost', Jeremy Lin Starts, Kobe Looks Good

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After a strong opening win to begin the preseason, the Los Angeles Lakers showed some signs of regression in their loss against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Jeremy Lin got the start at point guard over Steve Nash because head coach Byron Scott decided to rest the 40-year-old. This brings the Lakers to a 1-1 record to start of the preseason and the Warriors to a 2-0 record.

The Lakers opened up the game looking fairly strong, but were simply outmatched at nearly every step. Kobe Bryant looked in good form, even hitting a fade away jumper. Lin was also effective in the first quarter, hitting the first deep ball of the game for Los Angeles.

Those strong efforts were not reflected on the score board. After points from Andre Igoudala and David Lee, The Warriors led 19-8. Golden State played effective defense to keep Los Angles from converting on offense and quickly extended the differential to 12 points after a Klay Thompson free throw.

The second quarter looked a bit more even, but LA still could not close the gap on scoring for long as the Warriors seemed to have an answer for everything. The Warrior's wide guards Curry and Thompson were especially problematic as they continued to make life difficult defensively for LA. At the end of the half, the lead was extended to 18.

Things were not better in the second half.  Jordan Hill did his best to contribute, but Kobe, Boozer and Lin were the ones to make the plays that got the score within 12. Thompson and Curry would continue to make things difficult for the Lakers, pushing their lead out to 23 points. At the end of the quarter the score was 96-75.

At that point, it just seemed like target practice for the Warriors. Some bright spots for LA were there from Wayne Ellington and Julius Randle, but the final score was still 120-105, Warriors.

Despite hitting a very entertaining spin move during the game, it is clear that Randle is still adjusting to the play-style of the NBA.

"I thought he looked lost, in the first half especially," Scott said, per ESPN. He went on to explain that this was not a surprise. "He's a 19-year-old playing against a good team like that and moves the ball the way they move and have 4's that are agile and athletic like he is? Yeah I pretty much expected that."

Bryant reported that this loss is a learning experience for the team on what they need to get better at, not an indication of their performance in the regular season. 

The Lakers do not have much time to dwell on the loss; their next game is Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 once again against the Golden State Warriors.

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