Lakers Lair Ep. 13: No LeBron, Big Problem

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12 January, 2019

Injuries now prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from trotting one out, but forward Kyle Kuzma believes the team can accomplish great things by consistently using a "death lineup".

"He will not travel on the team's upcoming two-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in one week". Over their last five without LeBron, the Lakers have scored just 105.2 points per game.

American Airlines Center looked to be a cure-all as Dallas took a 48-33 lead and carried a 67-54 advantage into halftime, but the Lakers swarmed the Mavericks defensively while outscoring them 32-13 in the third quarter. "They worked on it at half-time and just said, 'No go'".

Having also blown double-digit leads against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers in that run, Josh Hart admitted they are having trouble closing out matches without their senior figures.

It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers perform better when LeBron James is on the court.

In addition to James' absence, Los Angeles opted to sit starting forward Kyle Kuzma due to a back contusion. The Lakers then face James' former team, the Cavaliers, at home on January 13.

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The Lakers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

The Lakers are putting up 112.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.

Kuzma said the Lakers haven't even practiced that much with the small-ball lineup he envisions.

"I don't think we're ever selfish", Nowitzki said. The Lakers are now on a two game losing streak and have slipped down to the 8th seed in the standings. We never really get to it in games because those guys kind of flip-flop.

It is glaringly obvious that the Lakers have failed to meet the hefty demands of winning in the National Basketball Association ever since LeBron James and Rajon Rondo ditched their uniforms for street clothes due to injuries.


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