LeBron James played amazingly with a 39-point clutch against the Indiana Pacers. It was the Lakers star’s first game after suspension. In his follow-up game however, James accepted that his performance was unsatisfactory.
The Lakers lost to Sacramento Kings in their last game. People said LeBron’s off form was a major reason in the loss. Although LeBron’s numbers looked great overall as he led the Lakers with 30 points to go along.
He completed 11 assists and seven rebounds overall. Out of all the shots though, he shot just 2-of-13 from 3-point range. The figures largely contributed to his 40% shooting night overall and coupled that with 7 turnovers in the Lakers’ 141-137 loss to the Kings in triple-overtime.
The Lakers have been slapped together this offseason, with only three players James, Anthony Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker, left over from last year’s lineup. As Frank Vogel notes, It’s going to take time for the team to come together as a group and begin playing its best. It’s something we’ve all hear it. It seems that the Lakers say it after every loss.
In the Lakers’ postgame press conferences, Dan Woike of the L.A. Times asked a question that is looming over every Laker Fan’s head. “Is the calm really there or is that you guys just putting on a happy face about the issues? Listen,” James said, “we’re all disgusted at losses. That’s the way it is.”
“We’re also, at the same time, going to stay even-keeled about the whole process and understand that we can get better from our losses and we can get better from our wins. It’s not like we wanted to be .500 a fourth into the season but, you know, we got a lot more room to improve. We haven’t been full to start the season. Obviously, I haven’t played many games, guys have been in and out of the lineup, we still have two of our guys who haven’t played at all yet, in TA and K-Nunn.”
We’re glad that LeBron is finally able to see that the lineups often make little sense, they don’t move the ball, they don’t rebound enough and they’re inconsistent on both ends. But the power forward didn’t stop there. LeBron held himself accountable too saying, “… obviously tonight, horrible turnovers on my part. I feel like I played a horrible game individually, and I hold myself to a higher standard than that”.
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