Kyle Kuzma isn't sugar-coating his squad's slump.
The Lakers forward said his team "flat-out gave up" in an ugly 133-96 rout by the Thunder at Staples Center on Wednesday, adding that teamwork was nonexistent.
"We gave up," Kuzma said after the game, via ESPN. "You could see, they got basket after basket, we had no resistance on them on the defensive end and offensive end. When things got tough, we tried to do it individually, and you can't do that in this league.
"They took a little lead, and we just went to being selfish on the floor. We didn't compete on defense. They killed us. ... To lose by [nearly] 40, it is pretty embarrassing to be out there."
Lakers coach Luke Walton, who has seen players "pouting" on the bench in recent weeks, highlighted the team's frustrations with injuries and legal limitations keeping Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from playing in games outside California.
"It felt a little bit like we gave in or we felt sorry for ourselves a little bit, which isn't who we are as a group," Walton said. "I am going to have to check the tape to see why we completely stopped competing out there."
"Our fans deserve better than that, and our organization deserves better than that."
The Lakers (11-26) have lost their five most recent games by an average of 19.4 points but will look to snap their eight-game skid when they host the Hornets (14-23) at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday.