Los Angeles Lakers: Concerns About LeBron James and Co.?
With the NBA Playoffs on the horizon and the regular season wrapping up, many fans might worry about LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
I don’t have many concerns, but they need to improve from downtown.
In their 116-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Lakers shot 33.3 percent from 3-point land (13/39).
It’s absolutely terrible watching LA shoot from beyond the arc.
LeBron James posted 31 points for the Lakers, but the rest of the starters had only 26 points combined.
Anthony Davis was three for 14 on field goals, which is unacceptable even though the Lakers locked up the No. 1 seed in the West last Monday.
There are also questions about who will become the Lakers No. 3 offensive option.
I just don’t know.
It seems unlikely those either of those three players will light up the scoreboard consistently.
When the playoffs roll around, the Lakers need LeBron James and Anthony Davis to go off for a bunch of points.
The LA defense also has to step up with perimeter shooters knocking down shots from their ideal spots on the floor.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel gave Talen Horton-Tucker some additional minutes than what he’s used to.
Horton-Tucker, 19, played 19 minutes versus Houston on Thursday and 16 against Indiana on Saturday.
In both contests, the rookie out of Iowa State had 10 points.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed watching the veterans on this Los Angeles Lakers team play basketball this season.
Dion Waiters is scoring just over 10 PPG in five games with the Lakers and JR Smith hasn’t played much.
However, Danny Green has brought a lot to this LA club.
The former San Antonio Spur has 8.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.3 SPG in his first season with the Lakers.
James is posting 25.4 PPG, 8 RPG, and 10.3 APG.
Anthony Davis has a team-high 26.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, and 2.3 BPG after getting traded from New Orleans to LA in the offseason.
The Lakers should still be the favorites to win it all this season, but they have to get by the No. 8 seed first.
It looks like the purple and gold will face the Memphis Grizzlies (33-38) in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but that’s if the Grizzlies survive the play-in game on Saturday vs. the No. 9 seed.
Right now, the Griz would battle the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers (33-39) and star point guard Damian Lillard.
Of course, San Antonio (31-38) still has a chance to be the No. 9 seed.
I think the LA Lakers could beat Memphis, Portland, and San Antonio in the first round.
However, it would get interesting in the second round if LA has to face the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers want to win a championship this season, which would be a great way to honor the legacy of late Laker legend Kobe Bryant.
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