Lakers In Process Of Making A Championship Run

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Lakers In Process Of Making A Championship Run

By Kouta Suzuki, Reporter

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As you may know LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this past off season; the Lakers got off to a very bad start as they started 0-3. The Lakers had to deal with suspensions with Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and rumors on coach Luke Walton’s job security. Despite all of the struggles the Lakers are above .500. This is the first time that the Lakers are above .500 since 2016.

Positives

The Lakers are currently on a four game winning streak with LeBron leading the way. The supporting players have also been really good for the Lakers. For example, Kyle Kuzma averaging 19 points, Brandon Ingram averaging 15 points, and Josh Hart averaging 12 points off the bench.

Offensively the team is doing very well, Lakers are second in the league in points scored in the paint at 58 points per game. Lakers are also averaging 22.5 points on fast break points which is first in the league.

Another positive is that it seems like the Lakers are finally figuring out how to play with one another. The Lakers are averaging 26 assists per game as a team, which is fifth in the NBA. This shows that the players are sharing the ball which is an important thing for a team if they are going to try and win an Championship.

The last positive is that the team is not depending on just LeBron like the Cleveland Cavaliers did last season. On the Cavs last year only one other player averaged double figures in points, which was Kevin Love; but on the Lakers there are five players averaging double figures.

Negatives

The Lakers have really struggled with their defense this year. They are allowing 116 points per game, which is the number 26th in the league. If the Lakers are making a championship run they will need to improve defensively.

Another flaw with the Lakers is that they are averaging 16 turnovers per game. If the Lakers are looking to compete for a championship they will need to take care of the basketball.

 

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