Both Defense and Offense Are Failing the Lakers
The loss against Dallas wasn’t the worst of the season. The team fought hard and even managed to erase a 15-point halftime deficit. But the Lakers’ defense, as it has been all season, was too disorganized and leaky, and allowed another point gap to form. Despite LeBron catching fire from the three-point line during the third quarter, the L.A. offense rapidly lost momentum and failed to produce baskets down the stretch.
After the game, Lakers coach Frank Vogel shared with reporters that the defeat to Dallas was painful. He added that while it hurts to fall short, his group is resilient and mentally tough. His opinion was shared by King James who admitted to reporters that until he is able to play, his team always has a chance to change its faith.
The Team Loses Steam
Many experts believe that the Los Angeles franchise won’t make it to the playoffs. They describe the team as old and tired. They also highlight the fact that Russell Westbrook doesn’t seem to fit in the squad. Last but not least, they are adamant that Davis, despite being out with a foot injury, has never managed to regain his excellent form from the bubble. And LeBron is still Lebron, but at 37 isn’t capable of carrying the entire team on his back.
According to Bill Plaschke, a reputable L.A. Time columnist, important decisions must be made by the Lakers management in order to return stronger next year.