The Lakers are 15-13 after a win against the Orlando Magic, and LeBron James led the way with a triple-double.
The problem for the Lakers is their inability to put consistent performances together. The two main issues have been defense and turnovers.
When the Lakers don’t turn the ball over a ton, they have a chance to compete every night.
The injuries continue to pile up for the Lakers, with Anthony Davis nursing a knee injury. The Lakers’ lack of consistency is in part of not playing everyone at once with set rotations on a game-by-game basis. It’s challenging to develop togetherness when key players are missing time. The Lakers need Davis to play the 5, so Westbrook and James can have space to get in the paint. The Lakers’ defense hasn’t been the same as the past 2 seasons.
LeBron James has been getting in a good rhythm the past few games. James is averaging 29.7 ppg in the last 8 games. James has said that his groin/abdominal is feeling much better, and he’s rounding into shape. James will be 37 in a couple of weeks, and he’s still playing at a high level in his 19th season.
For the Lakers to have the best chance at winning a championship, they need to be a top 4 seed in the western conference. As we saw last year, going on the road as a lower seed is too harsh of a task for this team.
The Lakers need to get on a winning streak and hopefully stay healthy enough to capture the 4th seed at some point this year.
The Lakers will have a hard time coming out of the west if they don’t get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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