The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers will look to turn her 100-metre silver into 200-metre gold later.America’s Brianna Rollins looks to defend her 100-metre hurdle crown while the women’s long jump gold is also on the line.Jamaica’s Omar McLeod is the favourite for the men’s 110-metre hurdles.
“Sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back over such an atrocious job,” Bryant said after posting 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting in 30 minutes.So what were the reasons for the Lakers (8-17) finishing with a 29-of-88 clip, getting outrebounded 53-38 and conceding 42 points in the paint? “Tonight it was like there were no cameras tonight or NBA TV following us,” Lakers forward Nick Young said, noting the festivities surrounding the hoopla of Bryant’s recent milestone. “That could’ve been part of it. But I think they came out right from the get-go and wanted to get a win.”It didn’t help that the Lakers landed in Indianapolis early Monday morning. Or that they played on consecutive nights. As Bryant said, “We didn’t have our legs at the start of the ball game.” INDIANAPOLIS >> The Lakers stepped on the floor here and immediately played as if they had exerted their energy elsewhere.The grittiness and teamwork that ensured an overtime victory against the defending NBA champion Spurs stayed in San Antonio. They left their emotional high from Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list back in Minneapolis. But in their latest effort, the Lakers’ 110-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse featured none of those elements that had produced a rare three-game winning streak.“I didn’t think we came ready mentally or physically,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They were a desperate team.”So desperate that the Pacers (8-17) snapped an eight-game losing streak in part because of the Lakers’ ineptitude. L.A. opened the first quarter shooting 3 of 20 from the field. The Lakers appeared on pace to match their franchise-low six points scored in a period recorded against Chicago on Nov. 20, 1977, until furiously scoring nine points in the final 1:46 of the first quarter. They nearly matched their franchise-low 23 points scored in a half against in Denver on Nov. 13, 2009, until Bryant and Wesley Johnson made consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute of the second quarter. But Scott dismissed the festivities surrounding Bryant’s milestone that entailed rookie Jordan Clarkson singing to the Lakers’ star on the plane. As Scott joked beforehand, “I’m glad he plays basketball.” Scott was hardly as joyful afterwards. “That’s an excuse,” Scott said. “We got outplayed.”That changed when the Lakers outscored the Pacers 31-29 in the third quarter. That stretch entailed Bryant playing the entire quarter and posting 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, two steals and two turnovers.“He was unbelievable,” Scott said of Bryant. “He had more energy than anybody.”That included Bryant diving into the scorer’s table to chase a loose ball. “If it was 15 years ago,” Bryant said, “I would’ve gotten that.”Meanwhile, Young and Jeremy Lin sat out the entire third quarter. Lin missed all six field goal attempts. “I didn’t play well at all,” Lin said. “It’s just a game I wish I could have back.” Bryant believes they will. He had a first-person essay published for The Players’ Tribune that revealed he considered quitting basketball, but then refused to after realizing Jordan went through hardships, too. “It’s no different. From that lesson to what I learned at an early age, I applied it to the rest of my life,” Bryant said. “Things always seem to work out. You stick to them.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error