The Lakers fell to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, dipping to 15-16 while struggling to get stops against Jrue Holiday and his teammates.
The Lakers haven't had a lot of time together because of injuries, but questions persist about the roster itself. Do the Lakers have the pieces they need to win, once given enough collective experience, or are they just a .500 team, despite all the expectations?
The Lakers have been better with the return of Steve Nash from a leg injury, but they remain inconsistent.
"It's confounding," Nash said. "It's frustrating. We're in a tough position. We really have a lot of ground to make up. We're not finding a lot of answers right now, and we're struggling a little bit."
Nash has played in just seven games all season. The lack of cohesion is natural, given the lack of reps.
"There's just so little commonality. There's so few common experiences between us, so many situations just seem new," Nash said. "I think we're struggling to find that little bit of connectivity that makes a team a team.