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Any optimism the Los Angeles Lakers began the 2022-23 season with has quickly faded away, because the team fell to 0-3 with Sunday’s 106-104 home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at crypto.com Arena.
After a disappointing campaign last yr, Los Angeles had hoped to return to title contention this season. But through three games, the Lakers appear like one in all the worst teams within the league.
LeBron James led Los Angeles with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists within the loss. Anthony Davis added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Nevertheless, the Lakers’ offensive woes continued because the team shot 6-of-33 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The team’s defense wasn’t a lot better, as Portland closed the sport on an 11-2 run as star point guard Damian Lillard scored 41 points to spearhead the comeback win.
Fans on social media didn’t hold back of their mockery of the Lakers after one other disappointing loss.
Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless
LeBron fallaway j to tie – way short! Some things never change. No clutch gene. Lakers hand over a 16-6 run at home down the stretch, lose by two to Dame and Co.
0-3 for the Lakers.
Westbrook’s pull-up J with 28 secs left up one as the whole arena yelped “NOOOOOOO!” was remarkable stuff.
Their late-game D was a travesty.
Pelicans have their pick.
Remember this was all Frank Vogel’s fault.
When my Lakers lost to go to 0-3 my initial though was they’re playing chess not checkers. They’re angling for the #1 pick for Victor Wembanyama.
But then I remembered the Pelicans have a pick swap this draft… so we just suck bad.
Frank Vogel watching the Lakers blow that game!!! pic.twitter.com/Ycy5tWxFDi
The Lakers are so a lot better defensively than they were last season and will easily be 2-1 but they’re 0-3 and that is the one thing that matters.
Lakers 0-3. Blazers 3-0. pic.twitter.com/PF9VZm3sgl
Blazers close on an 11-2 run to beat the Lakers, 106-104.
– Chauncey Billups had center Jusuf Nurkic defend &completely lay off Russell Westbrook on multiple late possessions.
– Westbrook: 4-15 shooting & two big misses in last 4 minutes
– Lakers: 6-33 (18%) on threes
The Los Angeles Lakers are off to an 0-3 start.
Lakers 3PT shooting this season:
◽️ 10/40 vs Warriors
◽️ 9/45 vs Clippers
◽️ 6/33 vs Trail Blazers pic.twitter.com/H08cvIfvEj
LeBron’s 1st 3 games of 12 months 20
31 PTS (46% FG) 15 REB, 8 AST
20 PTS (41% FG) 10 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK
31 PTS (55% FG) 8 REB, 8 AST, 2 BLK
Lakers are 0-3 pic.twitter.com/PM06fLpgrZ
Russell Westbrook through 3 games this season
Lakers are 0-3 pic.twitter.com/7uX7uQJTpF
Lakers with a most impressive 0-3 start.
The Los Angeles Lakers are officially eliminated from the NBA Playoffs pic.twitter.com/ieGyZ9HHBo
Los Angeles has problems on either side of the ball with no clear solutions. The team’s roster is a questionable combination of mismatched parts, and it’s showing through a scarcity of chemistry on the court.
The Lakers may have a couple of days to regroup before they fight to notch their first win once they face the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.