LeBron James might have had the higher stat line, however Dillon Brooks had the final snigger because the Rockets blew out the Lakers 128-94. Jalen Inexperienced had a game-high 28 factors whereas younger middle Alperen Sengun had 19 factors of his personal because the Rockets dropped the Lakers to 0-5 on the highway this season. After promising to “lock up” LeBron, Brooks completed with 5 factors and 4 rebounds. In the meantime, LeBron, who had offered praise to Brooks earlier within the day, completed with 18 factors and 6 rebounds. Rui Hachimura led the Lakers in scoring with 24. Nevertheless, he was simply one in all three Lakers to succeed in double digits alongside LeBron and D’Angelo Russell.
Following the loss, the Lakers pointed to their injured-depleted roster. “I imply, we will not construct cohesion if we do not have our unit. It is that straightforward. It is simply, we’re very depleted on the damage facet,” Lebron stated after the loss. The Lakers are presently with out Anthony Davis, Jaxson Hayes, Jarred Vanderbilt, Jalen Hood-Schfino, and Gabe Vincent. Nevertheless, the crew is hoping that Davis can be obtainable for Friday’s recreation towards Phoenix, the Lakers’ first of the in-season event group stage.
Lakers Making The Worst Variety Of Historical past
The Lakers’ 3-5 begin to the season is only a one-game enchancment to their dismal 2-6 begin final 12 months. Nevertheless, the crew is continuous to make historical past in all of the worst methods. In response to ESPN, the 2023/24 Lakers at the moment are the primary crew in NBA historical past to make fewer threes and shoot worse from three than their opponents in every of their first eight video games. Moreover, the crew has a -74 first-quarter level differential, additionally a traditionally low mark.
Nevertheless, issues might be about to show round for the Lakers. They face the Suns on Friday, a crew they’ve already crushed this season. After that, it is again to LA for video games towards the Blazers and Grizzlies. The Blazers are additionally 3-5 on the time of writing. In the meantime, the Grizzlies have fully fallen aside due to some main accidents and Ja Morant’s suspension. Final 12 months’s two-seed are presently 1-7 to open the season.