The Los Angeles Lakers are headed for another long season.
After starting the year 0-2, it is clear they have plenty of holes on their roster.
One big one is their inability to shoot the ball.
That once again reared its ugly head on Thursday night.
The Lakers shot 35.1% from the field and 20.0% from the three-point line in the loss.
Russell Westbrook struggled mightily, going 0-11.
But, after the game, LeBron James had some wise words for his teammate.
LeBron's advice to Westbrook: "Flush it down the toilet & get ready for Sunday. Everybody in this league has had bad shooting nights. Who cares? I thought he played a great game. Defensively he was in tune."
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 21, 2022
Time To Move On
Westbrook has struggled ever since joining the Lakers at the beginning of last season.
He looks like a different player than what we saw in Oklahoma City and even Houston.
Westbrook has never been a very good shooter, so nights like this have been a common occurrence in LA.
He is at his best when he can use his speed and athleticism to make shots around the basket.
The Lakers need shooting help but Westbrook should not be the one to provide it.
Instead, if he focuses on playmaking and rebounding he can have a more profound impact on the game.
At the age of 33, the former league MVP can still contribute in ways other than shooting the ball.
Another problem with this Lakers team is that the roster was poorly constructed.
No one in their starting five is a good three-point shooter.
James and Lonnie Walker are the only starters that have shot over 40% from three in a season.
This team is headed right for an appearance in the play-in tournament unless they can acquire proven shooters soon.