LeBron James was electric in his Lakers’ debut but it was spoiled by a team that can actually shoot the three.
So the Los Angeles Lakers’ season opener resulted in a loss, largely due to their lack of good three-point shooting. Whereas the Portland Trail Blazers, or should I say Nik Stauskas, was on fire from deep.
At one point in the game the Lakers were 0-15 from three-point land; they ended the night making only 7-of-33 attempts. When asked about L.A.’s poor percentage from behind the arc in a post-game interview, James said,
“They were all great shots, they just didn’t go in.”
LeBron is right. The Lakers did get good looks at the basket from three but it’s going to be a long season for James in the Western Conference if those don’t start to fall.
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) October 19, 2018
But this is only the season opener and everyone, including LeBron, is still working off the rust. There’s no need to panic or overreact to just one game. We got exactly what we expected from L.A. at this stage in their rebuilding process. An exciting team with tons of potential that’s still missing shooters. The organization will make more moves this season to surround James with better outside shooting.
As far as the king himself, he was good but certainly had a pedestrian night compared to what we all know he’s capable of. He ended with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in 37 minutes.
It’s likely King James is still in a “feel it out” phase with the team, and is pacing himself in a far more competitive conference than the East. But he was still able put on a show with a couple of signature dunks giving Laker fans a glimpse of what they’ll be witnessing all season long.
Despite the poor outside shooting, the team is in good hands. They may have lost their first battle but fans everywhere feel like they’re going to win the war with King James leading the troops.