Should The Lakers Be Concerned About Their Chemistry?
Written by B87FM on October 30, 2021
As of penning this, the Los Angeles Lakers presently sit at a document of 2-Three and their chemistry has by no means been extra disjointed. LeBron James and Anthony Davis had been the dynamic duos of the squad and when wholesome, it was clear that they knew precisely the best way to work collectively to get wins all whereas blowing groups out within the course of. Within the offseason, the crew added a ton of position gamers, whereas additionally making a blockbuster commerce for Russell Westbrook, who is thought for eager to take cost on the offensive facet of the ball.
Many individuals questioned this commerce and whether or not or not it will really work out for the Lakers. The time period “too many cooks” got here up fairly just a few occasions throughout debates, and it’s straightforward to see why. Having three superstars on one crew is not all the time straightforward to handle, particularly when each single participant has an alpha mentality. Regardless, Westbrook, Davis, and LeBron all expressed their willingness to play their very own roles all whereas committing to successful, in any respect prices.
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With everybody on the identical web page, followers had been satisfied that the Lakers could be even higher than final yr and that they might dominate within the early going. As quickly as preseason began, the issues lastly started to set in as Westbrook gave up turnover after turnover. His play within the preseason was so putrid that followers had been questioning why they even made the deal for him within the first place. Whereas he started to enhance, the Lakers did not win a single recreation within the preseason. Contemplating these video games imply nothing, pundits and followers alike had been satisfied that issues would change as quickly as they performed some actual video games. Nicely, because it seems, nothing a lot modified. Within the first two matches of the common season, the Lakers misplaced to the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns, regardless of each outings being winnable video games. Turnovers, poor protection, and late-game breakdowns had the Lakers beginning the season with an 0-2 document.
The adversity was beginning to mount, and only a few days later, they lastly obtained that first win towards the Memphis Grizzlies, though it was removed from convincing. Ja Morant walked all around the Lakers, and the crew could not sluggish him down. Whereas the Lakers did win the sport, they may have very simply misplaced it if it hadn’t been for some missed free throws on the finish. To not point out, this recreation got here at a price as LeBron went down with an damage, and has been out ever since. With simply Westbrook and AD manning the ship, they managed to squeak out a win towards the San Antonio Spurs, though it was barely sufficient to make folks suppose it is a good crew.
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Earlier this week, catastrophe struck because the Lakers blew a 26-point result in the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, and misplaced, solely to fall to 2-Three on the season. The loss was made worse as Westbrook was kicked out for his actions following a last-second dunk by Darius Bazley. It was the manifestation of frustration that had been festering because the preseason, and general, it was not a great search for the purple and gold.
These performances have some followers considering that the Lakers ought to be hitting the panic button. In spite of everything, LeBron James is injured, whereas AD is an damage ready to occur. Westbrook cannot carry a crew by himself, and if that worst-case state of affairs had been to return true, then the Lakers could be in a state of disarray. Regardless of all of those negatives, the Lakers ought to hold a stage head about this entire state of affairs. In spite of everything, there are nonetheless 77 video games left this season, which is loads of time for the Lakers to drag it collectively and get again on the street to redemption.
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Should you’ve been watching these first few video games, you’ll shortly notice that a whole lot of the crew’s issues stem from turnovers. An ideal instance is the sport towards the Thunder. Westbrook had himself a triple-double, though he additionally had a whopping 10 turnovers which allowed the Thunder to stay round within the recreation. Turnovers are errors that may be tightened up with just a bit bit extra persistence on the ground. They don’t seem to be a sign of a scarcity of ability or chemistry, which ought to be encouraging for the Lakers. Talking of chemistry, the gamers on this roster are nonetheless pretty new outdoors of the core superstars. That is in stark distinction to most groups who’ve had their core collectively for fairly a while now. Having stated that, it ought to be anticipated that this Lakers squad would have some rising pains.
The panic button ought to be reserved for the center of the season, on the earliest. If the Lakers are nonetheless below .500 and are outdoors of a playoff spot 41 video games into the season, then there’s clearly a deeper challenge at play right here. For now, nonetheless, it is just too early to inform whether or not or not this crew is really in bother. As soon as LeBron will get wholesome, the Lakers ought to be within the driver’s seat, and as soon as Westbrook will get his turnovers below management, then the Lakers ought to discover their manner again to powerhouse standing.