LeBron James In his fourth year in Los Angeles, he is desperate to see how the Lakers fare. led to the ring in 2020This season you destroyed is in your hands King Chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s goal record. After the first week of the competition, the Angelenos don’t know the victory over the first three games vs Gold State WarriorsThe Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers left the image of a team full of doubts. The Lakers haven’t launched such a bad campaign since the 2018-19 season, LeBron’s first season in Los Angeles.
This Sunday, the 17-time NBA champion once again confirmed his bouts against the Blazers (106-104) led by star Damian Lillard. Baz added 41 points for the second game in a row and scored six triples, one of which was decisive with 12 seconds left. The basket preceded a game revealing LeBron’s colors. Russell Westbrook took advantage of the ball on the scoreboard (101-102) with 30 seconds remaining. But rather than extending possession, the 2016 MVP decided on a shot that bounced off the rim. James was left messing around in the middle of the field. give it to me He was just in time to blow up Staples.
After the game, LeBron admitted that the situation was critical: “We didn’t even shoot a needle in the ocean.” 33 (18% of success). After the first three games, the Angelenos are the seventh team to shoot the most triples (39.3% per game) but have the worst hit rate (21.2%). According to the data, this figure ESPNplaces the Lakers as the second-lowest percentage in history to score at least 100 three-pointers in three games. Only the 2018 Atlanta Hawks worsened their numbers (21%).
From Wednesday to Thursday, the Lakers replay against Nikola Jokic’s Nuggets at the Ball Arena. A new defeat will put the Angelenos on their worst start to the season since 2015, Kobe Bryant’s last active campaign, which kicked off with four losses.
throughout the field, Portland Trail Blazers They’re excited for the franchise’s best start in over a decade. The Portlanders are second only to the Utah Jazz in the Eastern Conference and are both undefeated with three wins, a record they haven’t reached since the 2011-12 season. This morning they’ll face the Nuggets to equalize the success of the 1999-00 season, the last season the Trail Blazers started with four wins. At that time, the team was led by Scottie Pippen and Arvydas Sabonis and reached the Conference finals against the Lakers of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Now it’s Lillard who monopolized the Portland illusion with exhibits like the one in Los Angeles on Sunday (34 points average over those three games).
The Lakers, along with the Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, are still teams that haven’t won this season after the first week of competition. The fact that the team led by Doc Rivers (76ers) is placed lower in the classification is particularly surprising given that he is one of the main contenders for the ring. “I’ve had situations like this. We’re not ready to win yet,” Rivers cried after the defeat to the Spurs (105-114) where the Sixers were booed in their own pavilion. It’s the worst start for the franchise since 2017 and, after losing to Milwaukee and Boston, it’s frustrating considering the opponents they want to face in the East are a game they have to win, yes or yes.
Gregg Popovich’s Spurs are in full rebuilding and averaged 131.5 points in their first two games. Embiid did his job with 40 points, but no one from his team was on his side. The bloodiest fact was that San Antonio scored 40 more points from the players from the bench, with Philadelphia taking just 10 points from the substitutes.
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