Los Angeles Lakers: Team in Trouble after Game 1 Loss to Portland?

The Los Angeles Lakers fell at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, 100-93, in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff matchup on Tuesday night.

The loss was alarming because the Lakers are full of veterans with playoff experience from LeBron James to Danny Green to Dwight Howard.

It’s clear that LA has to shoot the ball better. You don’t need numbers to tell you that.

Another thing the Lakers need to figure out is how are they going to get James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma involved consistently.

Kuzma got hot late in the game on Tuesday, but then he really didn’t shoot the rock in the final minutes.

I understand James and Davis are the two stars on the Lakers, but Kuzma has to get more involved.

LeBron even said the Lakers need Kuzma to be the third scorer on the team. So, therefore Kuzma needs to get more touches. He isn’t afraid of the big moments.

I still like the Lakers to win this series, mainly because I believe James and Davis will be more dominant in Game 2.

Besides, there has to be an emphasis on getting different shooters moving in the right direction.

LA has the services of Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, J.R. Smith, and Dion Waiters. So, if head coach Frank Vogel feels the need to give Smith and Waiters more minutes in order to shake things up I’m all for it.

The Lakers need to play well right from the jump in Game 2.

Otherwise, there’s a great chance the Trail Blazers will keep it close throughout the entire game.

AD needs to have more of a presence. The last thing he wants to do is appear soft in a Lakers jersey. Especially when he is scheduled to be a free agent this coming offseason.

Davis made eight shots in 24 shot attempts in Tuesday’s loss. The Brow was also 0-5 from three-point land.

As an NBA fanatic, you have to appreciate the way the Blazers have played in the bubble.

Damian Lillard continues to impress and CJ McCollum is a good No. 2 player.

Jusuf Nurkic, 25, had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Portland in the victory. The former Denver Nugget did have five fouls and so did several other Portland players. That’s a big thing to keep an eye on moving forward in this Lakers-Blazers series.

All in all, I think the Lakers will impose their will throughout the rest of this series and beat the Blazers. I just like their group of players more than Portland’s.

It’s important for the Lakers to get easy buckets and at the same time get key players involved to the point where they can be more effective.

I like the play of Alex Caruso, but he should definitely get help when it comes time for him to defend Lillard.

Will the Los Angeles Lakers win this series? Leave a comment below.

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