Luke Walton stresses camaraderie after Lakers ‘splinter’ versus Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Just days removed from the  Lakers’ biggest win of the season — a rout of the Golden State Warriors on their home court on Christmas Day — the team dropped its second straight game, and it caused a crack in their team camaraderie. "I felt like we kind of started to splinter a little bit while it was happening," Lakers coach Luke Walton said of the  LA Clippers’ 22-0 run that propelled them to a 118-107 win over the Lakers on Friday night. "That can’t happen. We can lose games, but we’ll lose them together. When we win them, we’ll win them together. No matter what’s happening on the court, we have to stay together and keep working and figure it out." The Lakers’ past two losses came without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee — three of their key veterans. James’ teams have now lost 13 straight games when he hasn’t played, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. …
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