It’s March and the NBA is starting to wind down. This season’s ongoing hot topic has been the trials and tribulations of the Los Angles Lakers. The Lakers have a sub 500 record (31-39), in addition to being in 10th place in the western conference. The problem looming overhead is only the top eight teams are going to the playoffs. With the four game losing streak and roughly twelve games remaining, they are eleven games from the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. The likelihood of a purple and gold playoff this year is slim to none. It appears that the Lakers are going to be on the outside looking in. All in all the Lakers are still a good team to bet on when they are playing at home.
There’s plenty of blame to go around and the finger pointing is coming from both critics and fans alike. The most popular reasons given are The LeBron effect, inexperienced players, the coaching staff and the failed trade attempt of All-Star Anthony Davis. Although James is maintaining career averages of 27 points per game, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, the fact remains that he has missed 18 games this season due to a groin injury. Not to mention other injuries like Lonzo Ball who is out 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. Also, The young Lakers have been unable to mesh as a team in James’ absence where they were sub 500. The Lakers defensive struggles and inconsistency in successfully closing out an all important 4th quarter have certainly hindered them. LA’s best hope is to finish the season strong with a winning record something they have not done in years. It maybe a small bright spot in a somewhat disappointing year for them.