The day before the Lakers returned to action after a break throughout the star, LeBron James told reporters: "My level of intensity of the playoffs has been activated." Level of intensity.
Despite the predicted jump in intensity, James and the Lakers dropped two straight games against the lower opposition, initially allowing Anthony Davis to hang Pelican less than 128 on their weekend, without even having to worry about the grizzly tanks last night. They stand at 29-31, at the bottom of the team competition for the last two playoffs. For the first time since 2005, Lebron did not miss the playoffs, this team should be more or less perfect in the last 22 matches of the season.
Is there any reason to believe that they will? Anthony Davis's failed attempt at Johnson finally destroyed Laker's chemistry, which was already unstable, from the fact that James was accustomed to jumping his team's throws from deformed young players and efforts to bring Luke Walton out of paint. At court they are boring and uninterested in a joint game, which is not an amazing side effect when they are publicly bought by the leaders of your team.
After the loss of the pelicans, James again questioned the sense of urgency of his teammates as well as their trick : Basketball, is it the most important thing when we do it? Is this the most important thing in your life at this time? Are you giving all this to this game? And then, if you feel that all this is invested in it, then you should not look back. You can do other things. If you feel that you give it all, you can do other things. But if you feel that you do not give as much as you can, then you can not concentrate on something else.
Perhaps the focus and urgency are not central here, maybe it's just that the Lakers are bad. A team that is not well combined with James. He always needed the shooters around him, and such as Reggie Bullock, Kentaveys Caldwell Papa and Kyle Kuzma, who have a reputation as a good shooter, but only get 32 percent from six tops per game – all of them now have James. Lakers probably needs Lonzo Ball to defend the point because they got without him, but Ball shoots 41% on penalties and even worse on the field. Each is one-dimensional, but none other than the deep mean Bullock is one-dimensional in the right direction. Connect their inherent structural disadvantages with a collective bargain so you do not try and you have this disaster.
Pelicans and grizzlies suffer so much because they were two of the last games that L. had on their schedule. In addition to two cupcakes against Chicago and Phoenix, the Lakers face a brutal ending. They have to play twice in Boston (for rematch), Denver, Toronto, Clippers, Utah and Milwaukee. And all these games will be before the painful final six games against the pelicans (who hate them and will do their best to win) thunder, warriors, cars, jazz and blazers.
And Clippers and Kings have simpler graphics for the last quarter of the season, and, given how many victories are usually required to get the eighth seed, L.A. The bonus is that the Wolves somehow have the second most difficult schedule in the league, but even if they walk past the Wolves, they are still in the 10th place, still needing to knock out two Clippers, Kings and Spurs.
(No matter if the kings and clips, two of the most historically unrealized NBA franchises, did playoffs over weightlifters like Spurs and Lakers?)
They are there and if you expand the "intensity of the playoffs "Means to beat Rockets only in order to fall against the Pelicans and the Grizzly, then why do you believe that you can still see the Lakers? I believe this is possible, but it will take the steady amount of effort that these Lakers have ever shown to be capable of achieving.
I leave you with the following.