LeBron James’ season-low 13 in blowout caps Lakers’ eventful week

first_imgAnd on Saturday, James and point guard Lonzo Ball each had a triple-double — a double triple-double that only one other pair of Lakers teammates ever accomplished, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar way back in 1982 — in a 128-100 win at the Charlotte Hornets.If that appeared to be a sign that the Lakers were coming together as a group, and specifically that James and Ball could coexist successfully, Sunday’s setback raised a few questions.Not, though, among the Lakers themselves.“Nights like this happen. It’s a long season. … But it’s just a process,” said Ball, who had 10 points and four assists against the Wizards.One surprising aspect of Sunday was that the Lakers had not previously been troubled by playing on consecutive days this season: They entered this one with a 5-1 record in the second game of back-to-back sets.Perhaps that’s why Walton sounded so optimistic about where his team that’s fourth in the West stood — and where it was headed — before tipping off against the Wizards.“Well, we’re moving in the right direction. We have been for a while. The more we can get on road trips together, get practice time together, go through adversity together, the stronger our team’s going get,” the coach said during his pregame session with the media. “As of right now, I’m very happy where we’re at. But we’ve still got a long way to go.”The way his team played later in the evening showed just how accurate that final sentence was. James shot just 5 for 16, managing merely a season-worst 13 points. He and the rest of the Lakers put up barely any resistance at the defensive end and trailed by as many as 27 points while stumbling their way to a 128-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.“We’re a good team,” James insisted afterward. “Tonight was just one of those instances where we didn’t play well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThat’s certainly true, at both ends of the court and in various ways.The 22 turnovers. The 51-43 rebounding deficit. The 0-for-8 start on 3-point attempts. The way they allowed Wizards point guard John Wall to dominate en route to a 40-point, 14-assist performance. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “Not a lot of good to take from that, other than the lesson of: You don’t show up to play in the NBA, you will not win,” LA coach Luke Walton said.His club wraps up a four-game road swing at the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.Consider what went on over the past week.On Monday, James and former teammate Dwyane Wade met for what was almost certainly the final time in their NBA careers, with the Lakers topping Wade’s Miami Heat 108-105.In Los Angeles’ next game, a 126-111 loss at Houston on Thursday, James and other Lakers occasionally kept their hands behind their backs at the defensive end, an indication of what they thought about the way the referees were making many foul calls when James Harden — who had a 50-point triple-double — and the Rockets had the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and head coach Luke Walton dispute a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON— This was hardly the ideal way for LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers to cap what amounted to an eventful week of highs and lows.And arriving one night after what seemed to be a breakthrough performance, this dud demonstrated just how much more room for improvement four-time NBA MVP James and his new teammates have.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Daughter tells of dad’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more