When starting NBA season, no one can imagine this LA Lakers The team was thwarted with such a terrible run. With the signing of the support champion last season, Russell Westbrook, the Lakers seem like a strong contender for the title. The trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook is the one who instills fear in the other teams.
With each loss, the franchise’s hopes of a playoff spot look dim.
James was the team’s most consistent player, averaging 29.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6 2 assists. In Saturday’s win over the Golden State Warriors, LBJ made a splash, notching a season-high of 56 points, with 10 rebounds and three assists. That win broke a four-loss skateboard.
On ESPN’s “First Things First,” Chris Broussard reacted to James’ giant game, describing it as “stunning but not shocking.” He blamed Davis, who was sidelined with injury, saying that if Davis plays his role, the Lakers will have a good chance of winning the title.
“It was surprising to see the number 56, but not shocking,” said Broussard. “Watching him all year, you know he’s capable of this kind of performance. I hate to be the one looking down and looking at Anthony Davis. But with this LeBron James, if Anthony Davis pays the price, they’ll have a go. a very good shot to win the championship.”
Is reaching the LA Lakers’ knockout stages at risk?
The LA Lakers (28-35), seven games under .500, finished ninth in the Western Conference. The New Orleans Pelicans (27-37) are right behind in 10th place, 1.5 games behind Los Angeles.
It seems like the franchise is almost guaranteed to finish ninth or possibly eighth (which could be very unlikely). But the LA Lakers have a better chance with a healthy Anthony.
If the Lakers make it to the knockout stages, their ceiling could be their exit in the first round if they match the Phoenix Suns (51-13). The Memphis Grizzlies (44-22) could be another team to worry about, as they have beaten the Lakers in their last three-quarters.