Beaten at home Sunday night by Portland (106-104), the Lakers have still not won since the start of the NBA season. LeBron James and his family have conceded against the Blazers their third defeat of the season already. And the second at home.
Three games have passed and the Lakers still haven’t started. Like a Russell Westbrook still completely on the street Sunday evening against Portland (4 out of 15 on shots), to the point of being unable to return a shot at the end of the match when no opponent had come out on him and that the simplest was offered to him, then all alone in the racket – the Californians are unrecognizable at the moment. This is reflected in their record since the NBA resumed its rights, with three defeats for no victory, including already two losses on the floor of the Crypto.com Arena.
Two days after losing to the Clippers in the City of Angels derby, the Lakers again drank the cup (106-104), Sunday against Blazers led by a gala Damian Lillard (41 points and 6 on 13 three-pointers). Combined with the slap received from the start against Golden State, this new exit from the track for LeBron James and his family has come to push the LA franchise a little further, whose first success this season will therefore still be waiting.
Still, James and Davis don’t count their efforts
Despite a completely missed start, it didn’t take much, however, during this meeting against Portland that the Lakers, transformed in the third quarter (won 35-23), finally won this first victory. . “The King” himself took matters into his own hands against the Blazers in an attempt to unlock the LA franchise counter
Unfortunately for his team, James’ 31 points (as well as 8 rebounds and 8 assists) were not enough to avoid this third defeat, Jerami Grant having come to freeze the atmosphere with three seconds remaining when the two teams were tied 104-104. Instantly, Grant avoided Anthony Davis’ counter. However, the latter had also given everything in this match (22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks) before this final fatal action for the Lakers, it is true, catastrophic at long distance on these first three outings (6 out of 33 at three points on Sunday, 10 of 40 against Golden State, 9 of 45 against the Clippers). On the side of the 2020 champions in the Orlando bubble, there is already urgency.