At least one of Lonzo Ball's Lakers teammates appears to think his handling of Friday night's altercation with the Phoenix Suns was a little less than ideal.
Coming into Friday night, the Suns are really struggling, as they have lost seven of their last eight games.
The Purple and Gold have lost five of their last six games after starting the season an encouraging 5-5, and they now rank 28th in the National Basketball Association with an offensive rating of 97.7.More news: Moody's rating upgrade certifies reforms are in right direction: Sebi chief
Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers, who committed 20 turnovers while losing for the fifth time in six games. Phoenix led by nine when the Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued to harass point guard Tyler Ulis after a timeout had been called.
It was on display December 20, when Devin Booker fouled Corey Brewer on a breakaway dunk and Larry Nance Jr. arrived to wallop Booker with a shoulder. Suns rookie Josh Jackson stormed into the fray a few seconds later. He also added five steals.
"We've played three times in such a short amount of time, and it's like the same idea behind a playoff series", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.More news: Women's basketball team says 'no thanks' to Trump's White House invitation
"We understand that those were two games that we definitely should have won", Ulis said.
Truth be told, Ball and the Lakers have bigger things to worry about. In their first two meetings, the Lakers were able to defeat the Suns.
Julius Randle scored 13 points off the bench for the Lakers, who shot 49.5 percent from the field and made just 7 of 25 3-point attempts. Most notably, he played the entire fourth quarter after Walton had kept him on the bench in the fourth each of the two previous games. However, the Nuggets have found some form and they'll be full of confidence after pouring in 146 points on Friday, so I'll be taking them to get the win and cover on the road.More news: Rotten Tomatoes Will Delay the Reveal of 'Justice League's Tomatometer Score