Frank Vogel thinks win over Pistons 'can change the momentum' of Lakers' season, and his players concur

The 2021-22 season has actually unquestionably left to a frustrating start for the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite getting in the season as Western Conference favorites, they entered Sunday’s video game versus the Detroit Pistons listed below .500 at 8-9. The 78-66 lead they offered Detroit early in the 3rd quarter recommended they will lose their 10th video game. When they won the champion in 2020, that didn’t come till completion of January. 

And then, the whole season altered in a single minute. 

When LeBron James was ejected for an awful hit on Isaiah Stewart, it appeared like it may alter for the even worse. The Lakers, with 2 video games left on their journey, needed to get ready for the possibility that James may be suspended. A 10th loss might have resulted in an 11th or 12th prior to even making it back to Los Angeles. It was less than a years ago that the Lakers required just a 1-4 start to fire coach Mike Brown. This is not a particularly patient franchise. A loss might have hindered the whole season. 

That loss didn’t come. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook took control of the video game. With Stewart gone, the Pistons did not have any form of rim defense. Westbrook scored or helped on 28 of the last 37 Lakers points. Davis scored 21 of his 30 after Stewart was tossed. The Lakers removed a 17-point deficit in a bit more than a quarter, and unexpectedly, all of those bad vibes vanished. 

“To me it’s one of those things that can change the momentum of your season,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated after the video game. “To see guys rally around a teammate that just got ejected like that in a strange circumstance. Played with incredible guts, start of the fourth quarter down 15. That’s the determination that this team is gonna need.”

The Lakers have actually frantically looked for something to move the momentum of the season for weeks. When LeBron’s return didn’t work on Friday, Vogel attempted a lineup modification on Sunday. He placed DeAndre Jordan into the beginning 5. Jordan wasn’t a consider the return, however he concurred with his coach. 

“It could have made us unravel or it could have brought us together.” Jordan stated. “I think it did exactly that. It brought us together.”

Carmelo Anthony, who made 2 huge 3-pointers early in the 4th quarter, echoed the belief in a postgame interview with Lakers sideline press reporter Mike Trudell

“We could’ve easily let the game slip away,” Anthony stated. “But as a team we needed to come together at that moment. It’s unfortunate about what happened, but we needed something like that to spark our fire. We haven’t had anything like that to test us from a physical standpoint. Although like I said, it’s unfortunate what happened but we needed that to spark something — and it did.”

The Lakers head to New York on Tuesday to deal with the likewise having a hard time Knicks prior to liquidating their journey on Wednesday in Indiana. Both are more skilled than their records recommend, however they are the sort of challengers that a group as skilled as the Lakers need to be preferred versus easily. The Pistons fell under that classification Sunday, however the Lakers required a brawl to recognize it. The last 2 video games of the journey will reveal us whether that stimulate suffices to light a season-long fire, or if it was just sufficient to power the Lakers through a single win over a lottery-bound challenger. 

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