After a disappointing last season, the Lakers are now back on top. With the Golden State Warriors out of the picture and Anthony Davis added to the roster, Lebron’s Lakers lead the Western Conference with a record of 24-7, trailing the NBA-leading Bucks by just a few games. After missing the postseason for the past six years, they finally look like contenders again with this new lineup. Lebron has high hopes of bringing home another title before it’s all said and done, but with injuries and cross-town rivals to deal with first, it won’t be easy.
King James is turning 35 this week and fears of a recurring injury are on everybody’s minds. The Lakers are feeling the ever-increasing need for load management when it comes to both of their star players, not to mention, they’re facing some big competition in the form of a dynamite, fully refurbished LA Clippers team, especially after that heartbreaking loss on Christmas Day. Here’s a look at the Lakers’ recent performance and challenges they might face in their quest for a title in 2020. Get tickets and catch a game this season!
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On Christmas Day, the Lakers had to deal with the division-rival Clippers, a game which resulted in a devastating 111-106 loss – their fourth straight. Worse yet for Lakers fans, Lebron took a charge from Patrick Beverly and caught a knee to the groin, which may have aggravated his nagging injury (ironically, the same one he initially suffered last Christmas against the Warriors). Lakers management is now insisting that Lebron rest up until he feels 100% recovered to avoid derailing yet another season. Before exiting the game, James had 23 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. In his stead, Kyle Kuzma led the team with 25 points, a personal season-best, while AD knocked down 24.
Players like veteran Rajon Rondo have also stepped in during Lebron’s occasional absences to give the team extra ballhandling skills they need. New addition Danny Green was also part of the Lakers’ lineup against the Clippers on Wednesday. After blowing a 15-point lead in the third quarter, however, it’s clear that Lebron’s presence is key to the Lakers’ success, especially in the long run, and he really needs to chill now if he’s going to be healthy in April and May. Look for Lebron to sit out more games going forward.
Honestly, the best Lakers news of Christmas Day came when Anthony Davis fell back from a shot and landed on the lap of Kevin Hart, who was sitting courtside, prompting a deluge of jokes from the Internet. Davis himself has dealt with injuries this season, including rib issues and lingering shoulder injuries which have forced him to sit out a few games. His injuries have also forced the Lakers to consider a load management plan for the 6’10” center. AD has suffered minor injuries all throughout his eight-year career, but Lebron championed his addition to the Lakers when he became one of the most desirable NBA players up for trade. Now fans and sports experts think the Lakers might be a little too dependent on this insanely talented duo. There’s no real backup plan if either of them isn’t able to play in the postseason.
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With their fully revamped roster, the Clippers look to be the Lakers’ biggest obstacle to winning the West this year. They’re already 2-0 against the Lakers this season. The other LA team has made headlines with their addition of star player Kawhi Leonard and All-Star legend Paul George – and they’re already implementing a load management game plan of their own with the much younger Leonard. As we all know, the NBA season is long and winding, and allowing Leonard to sit out a few games sure worked well as a strategy for the Toronto Raptors.
Both LA teams are living up to the hype, however, after making big moves in the offseason – they’ve now got similar odds to win the NBA title in 2020. They’re both taking turns as the oddsmakers’ second favorites, just behind the Bucks, who have recently pulled ahead. If the Lakers can win it all, this would be a record-tying 17th championship for the franchise.
The Lakers take on the Trail Blazers in Portland this Saturday before returning home to the Staples Center on Sunday to play the Dallas Mavericks. James is said to be making the trip to Portland with the team, but there’s no word yet on whether he’ll actually play. They’ll be back in LA the rest of the week as they battle the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans. Get out and catch a game!