The Los Angeles Lakers lost again to the Atlanta Hawks where the Lakers gave up 38 points in the 4th quarter. The Lakers now fall to 24-27 on the season and are currently the 9th seed in the western conference. LeBron James missed his 3rd straight game with a knee injury while Anthony Davis returned recently. This team doesn’t have much time left to fix their issues but they have a chance to still make a run in the playoffs.
The biggest reason the Lakers can still save their season is because of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Davis has played well since he returned from his sprained MCL injury. He said he feels fresh and once his conditioning is right, he can dominate games on both ends of the floor. LeBron James when healthy this season has been spectacular. James in his 19th season is averaging 29.1 ppg , 7.7 rpg, and 6.3 apg per nba.com. Malik Monk and Austin Reaves have emerged as key role players on the team.
The Lakers are a poor defensive team but offensively they are pretty good, the Lakers rank 11th in points per game and 10th in fg percentage per nba.com. If LeBron and Davis can stay healthy for the next 31 games, the Lakers can make the playoffs. They must avoid the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. Frank Vogel needs a consistent lineup that has shooting, defense, and rebounding.
Laker Nation, we must believe that LeBron James will figure this out because another first round loss is unacceptable.
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