If they don’t soon, the path ahead gets a lot less sunny for the Lakers. This sub likes to hype Lonzo up in his absence but the minute he puts up another 8/8/3 on 30% shooting, this sub will call him a bust again. Anthony Davis pointed out that the Lakers have “got to get better” with their play when James is off the court. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. James is listed as questionable and Danny Green is doubtful with sore right hip. Jackie Lacey vs. George Gascón: What to know about L.A County district attorney’s race. Contributors on staff prior to October 27, 2017 retain full reprint rights to work under their stated byline. There’s the whole projected-record thing, assuming that you’d otherwise replace LeBron’s minutes with more minutes given to Ingram or Kuzma or spending the free agent money to keep Julius Randle from going to New Orleans. The Lakers now have a worse record without Lonzo Ball than they do without LeBron James in the same number of games So far they are 5-13 and counting without Lonzo Ball They were 6-12 without LeBron back when he missed 18 games Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. But there’re certain times when LeBron’s not playing where I’m able to do that when he’s not on the court. The Importance of Shortened NBA Playoff Rotations. Without LeBron James, the Lakers have been…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Without LeBron James, the Lakers have been frustrated by an inability to close, Lakers’ Frank Vogel reflects on NBA bubble life, title run, NBA, union extend deadline to negotiate season schedule, possibly opt out of CBA. While the Lakers added superstar LeBron James in free agency, it was bound to take time for the team to gel and begin to hit their stride. “Just the way, the same way we played tonight without him, we got to play like that when he’s playing but when he’s not on the floor. "2018 NBA Draft order: See where your favorite team will be picking in this year's draft", "2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers Roster and Regular season Stats", "Lakers Acquire Isaac Bonga in Trade with Philadelphia", "Lakers Re-Sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope", "Lakers Sign Johnathan Williams to Two-Way Contract; Waive Travis Wear", "Pelicans sign free agents Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle", "Denver Nuggets Sign Veteran Guard Isaiah Thomas", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2018–19_Los_Angeles_Lakers_season&oldid=983409507, Pages using Template:College with unsupported name, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 October 2020, at 02:15. By March, the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention, extending the team's postseason drought to a franchise record six seasons, and a sixth straight losing season, even after improving from their 2017–18 campaign by two games. The Lakers are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best road record (24-5) and are 31-6 overall against Western Conference opponents. Without LeBron James or any discernible sense of cohesion, the Lakers lost a 113-97 match to Houston that brought them closer to the playoffs, but no closer to … Jackie Lacey vs. George Gascón: Here’s everything you need to know about the L.A County district attorney’s race. Kristen Ledlow, Mike Fratello, and Kevin McHale discuss the Los Angeles Lakers recent struggles without LeBron James. The 2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season was the franchise's 71st season, its 70th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 59th in Los Angeles.. Where to vote. WNBA lost a huge supporter in Kobe Bryant. †Traded during the season Danny Green says LeBron, Lakers’ veterans might sit first month if NBA starts in December As it stands, when LeBron sits, it becomes alarmingly self-evident just how much of a negative effect LeBron the GM has on the team around LeBron the Player, and just like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat were both Superfund sites after LeBron skipped town, so too will the Lakers franchise be damaged horribly by whatever time LeBron spends there. Endorsement: No on Proposition 14: It’s not the best way to support stem-cell research. On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet; Radio: 710, 1330. Unfortunately, when they did begin to mesh, the continued growth was derailed by an injury to the future Hall-of-Famer. But I totally believe that we’ll grow, and we’ll continue to grow. Do they just never ever practice or what? The Thursday night defeat in Sacramento saw them cough up a 15-point lead with less than seven minutes left, falling behind only at the final buzzer as Bogdan Bogdanovic sunk them with a fadeaway 3-pointer. The San Francisco 49ers will have to take on the Green Bay Packers without Jimmy Garoppolo while Tampa Bay and Arizona offer intriguing QB matchups. Before the season, I called the Lakers roster a 30-win team without LeBron. California’s November election will feature 12 statewide ballot measures. Lebrons played 47 games this season.........how can they be 24-24 with him? Get all the Lakers news you need in Tania Ganguli's weekly newsletter. 5-14 if you count the Houston rockets game that Zo got hurt in. The Lakers are working on an effort to address social inequality as part of a six-step plan that goes beyond using Staples Center as a polling venue. as James did Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors, L.A. County deputies shared graphic photos of Kobe Bryant crash scene, sources say, Markazi: How Staples Center officials hustled to put on Kobe Bryant’s memorial, Political and social justice discussions now a part of sports locker rooms. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. Two days before the February 7 trade deadline, the Lakers lost by 42 to the Indiana Pacers. The Grizzlies will be playing on the second night of back-to-back games, both at home. That’s a recipe for a bad record. Press J to jump to the feed. As a bad free throw shooter who can nail a three I can personally tell you I need to miss my first two free throws to nail the rest. Over the course of this season when James has played, the Lakers have a rating of plus-8.4, but it drops to a minus-0.1 when James takes a rest, according to NBA.com. The team doesn’t shoot enough three-pointers (their .342 3PAR is 18th in the league) but probably shouldn’t be shooting threes (their .333 3P% is second-worst in basketball, ahead of only the just-plain-disgusting Suns at .328. “Guys were getting frustrated,” Ball said. Granderson: Lakers’ voting push extends beyond Staples Center and the 2020 election. People who partied after Dodgers, Lakers victories need to get coronavirus test, mayor says. In 55 games, LeBron’s Lakers were 28-27. After Sunday’s loss at Miami, the Rams will use this week to recharge ahead of a difficult schedule in the second half of the season. They’re 7-15 without him, a 26-56 82-game pace, nine games worse than last year’s record, and with him, their projected 42-40 mark would have been eliminated from the playoffs by now as San Antonio and Oklahoma City already have 44 wins each. Your guide to the 2020 election in California. The Lakers miss that and so much more when James doesn’t play. Report: NBA considering December start date, 72-game season. Record-wise, we’ve established that the Lakers are a team in the mid-20s win-wise (they were on pace for 23 wins before beating New Orleans on March 31 and 26 wins afterward.). New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. He led the team to their first championship title in 2016, and led them to the NBA Finals 4 other times (2007, 2015, 2017, and 2018). Obviously, LeBron not playing allows me to have the ball, pick and roll. Kuzma’s numbers were barely over what you’d expect from dragging someone out of the G-League. People are idiots. NFL review and preview: Injuries continue to devastate the 49ers. How to vote. “LeBron is probably our best communicator on the defensive end so he’s calling out coverages and putting guys in the right spot and obviously he has the ball in his hands a ton offensively.”. Which Lakers gained the most from a championship? Every time the Lakers take the court without LeBron James, they find themselves in a precarious state. With James expected to miss Sunday’s home game against the Kings, it seems likely the Lakers will miss him even more before he can recover from his strained groin. He is a University of Maryland alum. The Lakers posted a 6-11 record with James out of the lineup, and while a decline was bound to happen, the timing of it couldn’t have been worse. And we could go through all the reasons the Lakers have been terrible—awful roster construction with the likes of Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and JaVale McGee, injuries to LeBron and Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, the team’s suck-faster ethos with the fourth-fastest pace and ninth-worst Offensive Rating…. While the Lakers’ record without their star in the lineup is telling and left them in a hole, that wasn’t the only reason for the team’s demise. The commonalities fell more in their own offensive execution: The Lakers were a combined 4 for 17 during those stretches, including 10 turnovers. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Some people also shoot better and angle then they do straight on, my favourite spots at the three point line are the 45 degree angle to the basket, and my worst possible shooting spot, is front on.