Discussion in 'Lakers Discussion' started by karacha, Oct 30, 2021.
Can’t play much worse than we played against CHI, so let’s hope not.
I tried to be optimistic because of that game against MIA and see what happens...
well, there was the minnesota game.
LA Lakers: 19
Last Week: 13 ↓
Los Angeles Lakers
Pace: 102.6 (2) OffRtg: 105.4 (23) DefRtg: 108.7 (20) NetRtg: -3.3 (24)
LeBron James returned from an eight-game absence on Friday and went back to being a jump-shooter, with only two free throw attempts in 53 total minutes and with 17 of his 23 weekend shots coming from outside the paint. Of course, that doesn’t include the shot that Isaiah Stewart took above the eye on Sunday. With that flagrant-2 foul from James, four different Lakers have been ejected from games this season — and none of the four are Dwight Howard.
The Lakers were able to come back from 17 points down in Detroit because they scored 37 points (with 27 coming from Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis) in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the week, they erased a double-digit deficit in Milwaukee (before coming up short down the stretch) by playing zone against the champs. The Lakers obviously don’t have the defensive personnel that they had over the previous two years and according to Synergy tracking, they’ve played almost as many possessions of zone this season (72, eighth most) as they played all of last season (84, fifth fewest).
Their early schedule wasn’t just easy in regard to opponent strength and how home-heavy it was. The Lakers are also one of two teams that have yet to play a rest-disadvantage game. Their first is Wednesday in Indiana, the last stop on their five-game trip.
Week 6: @ NYK, @ IND, vs. SAC, vs. DET
Honestly though, its justified.
We are at the bottom or average at best at pretty much everything except pace. Who would have thought we would suck at rebounding? Who would have thought we would be outscored in the paint? Who thought we would be playing complete turnstyle defense?
Lots of "negative" surprises.