After last night’s heartbreaking loss in overtime to the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers have started the season 0-3. Does that mean it’s time to panic? Absolutely not. Before the season began, we knew the Lakers were going to struggle. In fact, we said in our previous article before the season started, (which you can read here) that the Lakers would in fact have trouble early on which has been the case. Why have the Lakers been struggling? Well, there are mulitple factors and the players are still getting acclimated with one another. James said in an interview that it’s going to take a while for him to have his eyes closed and know exactly where his guys are going to be on the floor. There have also been shooting woes early on. Not until last night Kuzma, Hart, and Ball weren’t effective the first two games. The young guys have to step up early on in the season in order for them to have a chance. Yesterday’s game, Kuzma exploded for 37 pts, Hart for 20 pts and Ball had 14 pts. LeBron was being LeBron contributing with 32 pts and 14 ast.
The glaring issue thus far his been the defense or lack thereof. Opponents are shooting a very high percentage from beyond the arc and it’s really hurting the team. For the first three games of the season, the team is allowing a whopping 41% from 3-pt range, and letting teams average near 130 points per game. The Lakers are also near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency in which they’re ranked 26th. There’s still a positive outlook on things. First, the season is still very young and I expect the Lakers to start getting better the more they play together. The shooting woes will come and go, but the team has no problem putting up points, as they’re 3rd in the league averaging 125 points per game. The Lakers were close in all three of their losses and were very winnable games. They just have to execute down the stretch. If you look at the opponents the Lakers had to play, they were Portland, Houston and San Antonio who were all really good teams last year. There’s still plenty of time for this team to figure things out and they eventually will. It’s only a matter of time before it starts clicking for them.