LeBron James had a spectacular performance against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. James scored 56 points on 61% from the field and 54% from the three. The Lakers needed a win after losing 4 straight games after the all star break. The Golden State Warriors have their own struggles, losing 3 straight games prior to the Lakers. LeBron James put the team on his back and carried them to a much needed win.
The question is can LeBron James continue this level of play to get the Lakers in the playoffs. James has done this before but in year 19 at 37 years old, it’s too much to ask him to dominate every single game. When the Lakers get good production from their role players, they are a much better team. The problem is the Lakers still gave up 116 points to the Warriors in a game where Klay Thompson shot 3-13 from the field and 1-5 from the three point line.
LeBron James missed Monday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with knee soreness and the Lakers lost by 7. If James has to miss time due to injury, the Lakers could fall short of the play-in tournament. The New Orleans Pelicans are only 1 game behind the Lakers for the 9th seed and the Portland Trail Blazers are only 3 games behind the Lakers for the 10th seed. It’s fair to say that without James in the lineup, the Lakers could lose every game.
The health of LeBron James and Anthony Davis should be the Lakers 1st priority. If both are healthy, the Lakers have a chance. However, if one of them is injured, the Lakers chances are slim. Is it better to go all in for this season or preserve the two cornerstones of the franchise?
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