t is undeniable that the absence, through injury, suspension or for whatever reason of LeBron James negatively affects the Los Angeles Lakers, but the issue of the intentional elbowing of Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart and the one-game punishment to the “King” overshadows an issue that is fundamental, their team is playing very bad basketball.
They have lost with or without LeBron
The Lakers have lost four of the last five
, it is true that the only game they won was with James on the court, but it is also true that despite being active, when he was ejected for a flagrant type 2 foul (the most serious there is) the team was losing by double digits against the Pistons, one of the worst teams in the league.
With LeBron James back they clearly lost at home to the Boston Celtics last Friday, meaning the Western Conference franchise that has won the most NBA championships in history is losing with or without their franchise player.
Currently, the Lakers have a record of nine wins and 10 losses, are ninth in the Western Conference standings and would be out of direct qualification for the playoffs.
Home sweet home
The good news is that they have 63 games left
in the season, that is, they have not even reached the first quarter of the campaign and are only one game away from that direct playoff zone.