Shaquille O’Neal tears Lakers apart for pitiful Game 5 vs Suns: “They played heartless”
A Lakers legend had no problem expressing his disappointment and frustration after watching Phoenix brutally beat Los Angeles in a 115-85 win.
On Tuesday’s “NBA on TNT” post-game show, Shaquille O’Neal blasted the Lakers, a team that suddenly found itself on the brink of elimination before returning to Staples Center for Game 6. The Hall of Fame has addressed criticism to almost everyone involved. in the debacle.
“As a former Laker, I have the G-14 rating to say what I’m about to say,” O’Neal told the rest of the panel. “They played soft. They played heartlessly. They played without pride, and they played without a sense of urgency. LeBron had 24 points. One starter had seven. One had four. Then you have two starters. who have had none. When one guy breaks down, the next man has to step up. Every team has this guy [saying], ‘I wish I had more shots. I would like to have more opportunities. You have to step up. Not only that, they are giving this money now. This is your chance to make a name for yourself.
“Kyle Kuzma, like we’re waiting for Kyle Kuzma to be this guy. I need a 30-piece Kyle Kuzma. [Anthony Davis is] outside. Someone has to intervene. ‘Bron,’ Mr. Big Show ”he didn’t play well, and I’m sure he’s going to come back and play well. But when it comes to the Lakers and the big league teams, they’ve played with pride. We [didn’t] still have all of our players healthy, but we still played with pride. The stars have played well. The stars were playing when they were injured, and the rest of them stepped up. “
It should be noted that starting shooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did not score but was sent off after playing just 15 minutes. due to a bruised left knee, an injury he suffered earlier in the series. Dennis Schroder, on the other hand, simply played poorly, shooting 0 of 9 from the field in 26 minutes. The other starters, Andre Drummond (seven points) and Markieff Morris (four points), were not much better.
While James totaled 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the loss, he failed to perform up to his usual standards. He knows the Lakers’ effort and intensity levels need to improve dramatically if they are to extend the streak.
“We got our ass kicked. It’s that easy”, Jacques said. “They did [and] got everything they wanted in this game. We have to be better obviously if we want to force a 7. Obviously a lot to learn in this game, a lot to cover, see what we have to do best before Game 6. They practically kicked our ass. There is nothing else to say.”
Thursday’s Game 6 will air on TNT, so whatever happens in this contest we’ll definitely know what Shaq thinks about it.