The Los Angeles Lakers were the NBA champions not that long ago. Since they’ve been favorites to repeat or at least contenders. However, since they have dismantled that championship team, things have not been the same for them. That’s why they were sent home in the 1st round. And that’s also why they seem to be struggling this season. Another obvious reason could also be injuries. With AD and Lebron out last year and Lebron currently out right now, they have lost a huge chunk of their production.
But is there another reason you could pinpoint the Lakers struggles to?
Based on a very obvious trend the Lakers seem to be struggling the most in the 2nd or 3rd quarter. The Lakers got outscored 40-12 in the 3rd quarter to the Timberwolves tonight.
Which might sound like recency bias. But I think it actually was just a highlight to the problem they have faced this season. Against teams like the Thunder, Spurs, Memphis, Suns, Warriors and lot of other team, the Lakers have been outscored massively in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Its clear proof that it’s not the starters and the closers that are the problem but more the lack of depth.
The Lakers ain’t need Bron tonight they needed Jesus Christ himself! Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) November 13, 2021
Carmelo Anthony is the 4th leading scorer on this team and he does it off the bench. But after him the production drops massively. The only way they can solve this problem is either trade for depth or be big buyers in the buyout market.
Do you think this could solve the Lakers problems this season or is Chemistry the real reason they keep losing?