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Monday's Lakers News: Trips back-and-forth to D-Fenders has drained Zubac

Lakers' Ivica Zubac is effective as well as a ‘bit tired’: Unlike the last two Lakers games in which he played, Ivica Zubac got meaningful minutes with the Lakers on Sunday. That was part of a plan. “We’ve been talking as a staff to try and find some way to get Zu some minutes,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers battle to the end but fall to the Pistons, 102-97: Something clicked for D’Angelo Russell offensively Sunday, but as the rest of the starting group struggled to contribute, Russell’s impact didn’t lead to a win. After two consecutive blowout losses, the Lakers were more competitive. Still, they fell to the Detroit Pistons, 102-97, at Staples Center. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers show more inconsistency in 102-97 loss to Pistons: The debilitating losses in recent days did not just expose the Lakers’ inferiority against the NBA’s elite. It also sapped the joy out of a season centered more on if the Lakers’ progress than the end result. So the Lakers spent their 102-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center offering another trend that has plagued their season. They cannot close games out consistently. They cannot sustain their effort, either. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' Ivica Zubac absorbing plenty of trash talk from D-League players: With a stoic expression on his face, Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac sat by his locker. He expressed what his body language suggested he felt. “I’m tired,” Zubac said before the Lakers played the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center. In an experience he called “exhausting,” Zubac appeared for three minutes in the final moments of Saturday’s loss to the Clippers before playing that evening for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. -- The Orange County Register