LeBron James dissatisfied with current Lakers winning percentage

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers blew out another game in which the forecasts put them as favorites, losing 125-116 to the Kings on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Once again, the Los Angeles team has dropped its winning percentage to .500, after 21 wins and 21 losses so far this season, something that does not satisfy its leader, LeBron James.

“I play to win. No matter what I’ve done in the solo campaign, it hasn’t resulted in the number of wins I’d like. I also have to continue analyzing how I can be better offensively, defensively, as a leader, whatever it takes to help the team overcome the pothole, “said a disappointed LeBron after the loss.

Individually, LeBron James has scored at least 31 points in 11 of the last 12 games. However, during LeBron’s positive inertia, it has only been reflected in five wins for the purple and gold.

The Lakers haven’t been able to find consistency in their results, in part because they haven’t had the roster together consistently. Many new players joined the team for this campaign, so not having minutes of training or games with a full squad makes the picture even more complicated.

“It’s been an up and down season, that’s why we’re at .500 winning percentage, from injuries and COVID safety protocols. We are one of 30 teams dealing with these factors. Our team is built on depth, but we haven’t had it because of all that,” said LeBron, who had 34 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds against the Kings.

Lakers continue to drop LeBron’s superstar duo, Anthony Davis, due to a left knee injury; backup Kendrick Nunn with a right knee injury, while Carmelo Anthony missed the game with lower back strain.

The Lakers were outplayed in the paint, giving up 70 points that way to Sacramento. Not only that, but they blew a 14-point lead in the second quarter by not closing out strong before halftime. Then, Sacramento came out in the third quarter and scored 40 points, against 23 for the Angelenos, to take control.

“It seems that we settled on offense, we were very separated and not united as a team on the floor. For the second game in a row, the defense let us down. The game passed in both the second and third quarters, now in the third. We have to figure out what’s going on there and be better,” coach Frank Vogel said.

Russell Westbrook has had an uneven season on an individual level. Westbrook, who came as a superstar reinforcement to form the hat trick with LeBron and Anthony Davis, still hasn’t found his best rhythm offensively as a player for the Angels. Against Sacramento, he once again fell short when the team needed him. He had a night of only eight points, 2 of 14 field goals completed for a percentage of 14.3 and zero of five from the perimeter.

“We are working with Russell, he has received instructions from us as coaches, we are trying to put him in positions to be successful. It is a reality that he is going through a rough patch offensively, both in shots to the basket and from the perimeter, we must continue working and support him to get out of the bad step”, Vogel said.

The Lakers let go of a victory for the second time against the Kings, a young team, with an interim coach and out of postseason positions. The experience of the Angelenos did not come out in the details and mistakes that are repeated for them. Now, the calendar is complicated. Their next three games are against the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers before a six-game trip to the East Coast.