After hopes from many that the All-Star break would give them a second wind, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost three in a row and are struggling more than ever before.
The streak continued on Tuesday night when the team was defeated by the Dallas Mavericks at home.
Even though the Lakers played better than usual against Dallas, it wasn’t enough for the team who can’t seem to get it together.
Throughout the season, people have said that LeBron James has been the team’s saving grace.
There is no doubt that he has been downright legendary this year, but it clearly isn’t enough.
LeBron James is averaging 29/9/6 on 52% shooting since January 9.
The Lakers are 6-15 in that span. pic.twitter.com/mi3toQGcd3
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 2, 2022
Since January 9, James has been averaging 29/9/6 with 52 percent shooting.
However, the team has gone 6-15 in that time span, meaning that even with James’ incredible output the team is still incredibly lackluster.
The Many Problems Of The Lakers
He really has been terrific this year but the Lakers’ problems are so vast and so deep that even the heroic efforts of James can’t get them across the finish line.
The team is still suffering from far too many turnovers, too weak a defense, and a slew of sloppy shots.
Additionally, James is lacking a reliable right-hand man to turn to and everything is riding on him.
If the team had a few other players coming close to James’ output, they might have a chance.
But for every step forward James takes the team, there are three steps back that drag them down.
If it weren’t for the living legend, the team could be dead last at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Right now they are barely hanging on – thanks to him.
But even he can’t get them past this point.NEXT: The Lakers May Only Get Worse From Here