Another dissapointing loss for the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers lost another game, this time after a wild finish against one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Sacramento Kings. It was truly a great game that went to 3 OT's after which the Kings came on top, despite going through rough times themselves with Luke Walton getting fired from the head coaching position a few days ago. But, on the other hand, the Lakers couldn't figure out how to close this game in the right way, and the Kings took advantage of that.
After the game, LeBron said he and the rest of his teammates are extremely disappointed with all the losses the teams had this season. However, he is not overly pessimistic about the Lakers' struggle and believes this is a part of the process they have to go through as a team in order to improve and start playing better basketball.
"Listen, we're all disgusted at losses. That's the way it is," James said. "But also at the same time, you've got to stay even keel throughout the whole process and understand that we can get better from our losses, we can get better from our wins. We, obviously, would not like to be one game under .500 a fourth into the season. But we know we've got more room to improve — got a lot more room to improve."
LeBron still believes the Lakers can improve
Despite scoring 30 points against the Kings, LeBron wasn't shooting exceptionally well from the field, especially in crunch time. He said he hopes his performance will improve in the next game against the Detroit Pistons that is scheduled for tomorrow evening.
"I trust the work that I put in. And I'll take those same looks on Sunday [against the Detroit Pistons] if the opportunity presents itself," James said.
The Lakers are currently sitting in the 7th spot in a competitive western conference; however, if they lose another game, they can bounce back to the 9th spot, which is no longer a playoff position. The matchup against the Pistons will be an interesting one, especially because of the incident that happened a week ago between LeBron and Isaiah Stewart. LeBron has been ejected from that game, and later one was suspended for one game before his return against the Indiana Pacers.
The Lakers need to do a lot of soul searching in the upcoming weeks and figure things out soon to be considered a legitimate title contender. They haven't been playing on a level expected from them when the season started, and there were even rumors floating around how Frank Vogel's position as the head coach is compromised. The Lakers will need to change a lot of things internally, and it all starts with LeBron, who has to hold his team accountable and be one of the catalysts of that change that can hopefully put them in the position to be a winning team.