It cannot be denied that the Los Angeles Lakers are having a very difficult, troubled season.
However, their lead star LeBron James certainly is not and is actually playing some of the best basketball of his career.
With Wednesday night’s win against the Utah Jazz, James lodged his 23rd straight game with 25 or more points.
THE KING 👑
LeBron recorded his 23rd straight game with 25+ points, tying Elgin Baylor for the longest streak within a season in Lakers history. pic.twitter.com/NusSIwt6YX
— ESPN (@espn) February 17, 2022
This puts him alongside Elgin Baylor for the longest streak within a season in Lakers history.
James is doing miraculous work, especially for his age, but the Lakers are still struggling.
King James is carrying his squad but can he carry them far into the postseason?
Going Hard For The Purple & Gold
James’ average for this season is 29.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
Those are numbers NBA fans simply don’t see from players who are 37 years old.
He has been the most consistent part of a painfully inconsistent team in Los Angeles.
There is no doubt that James is pouring it all out for the Lakers but sometimes it feels like the man is on an island with no one to support him.
If the Lakers are going to make it deep into the playoffs, they will need multiple other guys to step up.
Anthony Davis has been very good lately but injuries keep dragging him out of rotation.
Meanwhile, the younger players haven’t been as reliable and Russell Westbrook‘s challenges are well known.
If James’ ability and determination could rub off on the rest of his team more, they would be in good shape.
Right now, it’s unlikely that the sheer strength of James alone will get the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals.