The Los Angeles Lakers are on a roll – in the wrong way.
After another loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, the team has now been defeated three times in a row since the All-Star break ended.
Their chances of making the Finals are all but gone – and their chances of even making the postseason are dwindling by the day.
This is all happening despite LeBron James continuing to play terrific basketball.
The NBA icon spoke out about the team’s chances after last night’s loss.
LeBron's confidence is still high after the Lakers dropped to seven games under .500 last night. pic.twitter.com/PyT3JHdjbq
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) March 2, 2022
Speaking after the game, James said: “Until you stomp me out, cut my head off, bury me 12 feet under, then I got a chance.”
That type of optimism is admired…but is it realistic?
James has every reason to believe in himself.
He’s been hitting record highs this year – despite his age and the team he’s on.
If the chances of making the Finals were based on solely one player, James would have a shot.
However, he’s on a team that is lacking a lot of defense, a lot of other offensive options, and shoddy play-making.
James is the brightest spot on the team, there is no doubt about that, but even he can’t shine bright enough.
But there have also been so many mistakes – even some coming from James himself.
At this point, optimism and even solid numbers from James aren’t enough to carry the team much further.
The team is in so much trouble that high hopes will have little impact on changing their trajectory.