Lakers Suddenly Have A Deep Roster To Pick Up The Slack When The Stars Struggle

  • In an interesting twist, James, who has a storied track record of backing up his talk with notable performances, didn’t heed his own words this time. He had his worst offensive game of the season, scoring a season-low 13 points on a season-worst 20 percent shooting (5-for-20).
  • In one sequence, he missed four point-blank shot attempts, first blowing a layup in transition and then missing the three subsequent putbacks.
  • He still found ways to impact the game, adding nine rebounds and eight assists, but it was an uncharacteristic performance after such a bold proclamation.