NBA: The Lakers definitely can’t do it

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We believed in an upturn to perpetuate themselves after their four consecutive victories but last night, the Lakers as at the end of their previous meeting returned to defeat. For a team that aspires to the title of champion at the end of the season, it is an open secret that Los Angeles definitely does not manage to be constant …

The film of the evening,

For this last match of the night of January 12 to 13, LeBron James’ teammates had a good start to the game with the highlight of Stanley Johnson’s entry into play, which allowed them to sign a 9-0 for himself. escape (23-15). The other X factor is Malik Monk who will prove to be imperial on shots with a 100% success. Los Angeles will also have benefited from the dexterity of Austin Reaves to increase the gap to +12 (51-39) in the second quarter. The ball is moving wonderfully, there is liveliness, the lights are green and we tell ourselves that the visitors will roll over their evening hosts. Nay.
As the scorer ostensibly displays a 14 point lead in favor of the Lakers, they will suddenly liquefy. In a matter of minutes, they’ll concede a scathing 8-0 just before the break. Davion Mitchell brings defense and punch, and the Fox-Haliburton duo shears the Lakers’ defense at will. The trend is confirmed when the locker room returns since the Kings start with a 5-0. We are on a 13-0 straddling the two halves, and this series turns into … 24-3!
On a ” 3-point ” from Harrison Barnes, the Kings sign in the wake of a 15-0 and take 13 points in advance (92-79). On the other side, the ” King ” looks like lamb. LeBron is clumsy, ineffective even on throws. Russell Westbrook, we don’t talk about it. The Old Wizard is simply ghostly. No presence, a hold on the game minimalist if not nonexistent, no initiative, no burst of pride. Nothingness. Only young people like Johnson, Monk or Reaves are at their best but that does not defend, it is sudden and especially Sacramento is playing damn well.
Towards the end of the last quarter-time, the blow will be carried by Buddy Hield which of another-3 points will bring the score to 101 against 90. Thanks to Reaves, then the duo LeBron-Monk, the Lakers will believe in the hold -up and reduce the gap to two units 90 seconds from the end (118-116). Alas! For Sacramento, things couldn’t end like this as they are one finger away from sending LA back to school. While the Lakers are on an 8-0, Fox but especially Chimezie Metu will deliver the coup de grace! Lebron and his peers will never return. The Kings will win 125 to 116.

The main lessons of the game,

The thorn if not the Westbrook ball: The matches follow and are similar for Russell Westbrook. 2 out of 14 shooting last night, but especially 8 out of 40 over the last three matches! It’s disgusting ! Statistics unworthy and which almost deserve the guillotine from a player of his level and especially a former MVP. The ” Brodie ” clearly brings nothing to this team, who has nevertheless come to support AD and Lebron as a driving force. At this pace, one is entitled to wonder if his days in Los Angeles are not numbered …

The Lakers in mid-season breakeven: 21 wins, 21 losses. So this is the Lakers’ record at mid-season. Information, this is the worst record of LeBron James since his rookie year! This is to say that the evil is deep and that the worm wallows in the fruit!

Tops

LeBron James: Certainly, LeBron signs yet another game at 30 points and more, the 11th in 12 games, and he gave his all to the end without sparing. But… his 3 of 12 on 3-point shots and his 5 of 10 on free throws are a blemish. In defense, he “rests” even if he tries to fill in gaps. We stay hungry because we know he can do more and that the King had more to give in his wallet. But at 37, he unfortunately cannot be everywhere. Frustrated, he was the first to join the locker room.
The Fox-Haliburton tandem: It’s a clever mix of speed and composure, a more than parsimonious alloy between aggressiveness and vista and which gives the floor an enthusiastic complementarity. The two took advantage of the Lakers’ defensive largesse to make a difference in the second half.
Austin Reaves. This is the real satisfaction of this meeting on the Lakers side. Carmelo Anthony injured, he was the joker coming off the bench and he brings enthusiasm and a touch of madness to the game. At the end of the match, he took risks, he came out of his shell, he made proof of nerve … The confidence displayed by him has maintained at many times a suspense which in the end will only have been window dressing …

Flops

Russell Westbrook: We will not go after the man but what are his performances soporific. A decline in the game and even in the behavior that is eye-popping and repulses to the limit. Since the start of the season, we find excuses for him, but his 12 rebounds and his 6 assists, or even his only lost ball, do not compensate for his clumsiness: 20% on shots for four matches. Visually, he is a free electron, who runs everywhere, and gets rid of the ball at times when his teammates are not necessarily expecting it …

Defensively, RW was more than academic. Fox or Haliburton took the opportunity to take a health walk.

Arèmou Nadir

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