LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are struggling, and it isn’t even a doubt any more, the super team which was expected to shatter the dreams of all the other teams in the league is struggling to stay afloat and the worst part is, they haven’t been able to do anything about it. The Los Angeles Lakers have now lost their 9th straight match on the road and have further narrowed down their chances of getting into the playoffs, the chances of which were already paper-thin.
LeBron James is leading the boat which has been sinking continuously this entire season, and the speed of that process has increased since the past few months as the Lakers have worsened their already terrible record and they haven’t been able to stop themselves from slipping down in the rankings. The Lakers now stand at the 9th position the Western Conference with almost negligible chances of getting into the playoffs.
At this point in time, it becomes important for the Lakers too not go ahead with the thoughts of getting the championship, but rather, to just try and not further ruin their decorated legacy, which isn’t of losers or quitters, but fighters who have won 17 NBA Championships throughout the franchise history. The player who was an ideal fit to carry this legacy for the Lakers was LeBron James, who alone has had to work so much, that he now struggles in keeping himself fit enough to fight all alone.
In an effort to lead the way and get the dubs for Lakers all the time, James now struggles to keep himself fit and handle the pressure of the entire team on his shoulder, a team, which hasn’t done anything to support its leader and even the ones who tried are now sitting out injured. Despite Russell Westbrook scoring a surprising 30-points, the Lakers added yet another loss to their already terrible record, leading to nothing but disappointment, even in its players at this point.
Let us now take a closer look at LeBron James’ presser in which he seemed highly disappointed with himself, his team and the way they performed against the Houston Rockets, which defeated them in overtime.
LeBron James ignores winner after loss to Houston Rockets
LeBron James is trying as hard as he can in order to shift the accountability of losing matches from his team to others, and that is noticeable through his statements in the post-match presser where James was asked questions about his knee, his reactions to the match, the struggles of the Los Angeles Lakers, Westbrook’s performance and the coach’s comments post-game.
Throughout his entire interaction with the reports in the presser, the most important things to notice were the statements where James identified he problem as being very minimal on the part of the Lakers, He stated that the Lakers weren’t messing up bad, they weren’t committing a lot many mistakes, and what was happening was that the teams were able to exploit the loopholes and every minor mistake on their part in drastic ways, therefore leading to those many losses.
James on his performance said, “I missed a lot of shots that I know I’m capable of making, have made throughout the course of the season and my career,” he said. “Shots just weren’t falling for me tonight” as he ended his 6-match streak of scoring 25+ points every game. He even stated that the ball was being moved very well tonight, highlighting the fact that Russell Westbrook played quite well too, but still, the Lakers weren’t able to put up with the pressure presented by the Houston Rockets.
Let us now take a look at the game between the Lakers and the Rockets.
Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers, 130-139
The Rockets managed to push through and create unbearable pressure for the Lakers, to which the latter succumbed, resulting in another loss being added to their already terrible record.
Russell Westbrook surprisingly led the way for the Lakers with 30 points, followed by LeBron James who scored 23 and Malik Monk who scored 20 points.
Jalen Green led the way for the Rockets with 32 points 3 assists and 3 rebounds followed by Josh Cristopher who scored 12 points, in an overall effort by the Rockets to get the dub against the Lakers.