Lakers unable to hold 17-point lead to drop 3rd straight
The Los Angeles Lakers continue to have a hard time without Anthony Davis and the Washington Wizards continue their stretch of strong play over the last 2 weeks, as the Wizards stormed back from a 17-point deficit in the 2nd half to beat the Lakers on Monday night, 127-124 in overtime.
While LeBron James had a huge stat line with 31 points, 13 helps, and 9 rebounds on an effective 14 of 29 from the field, however he will likely desire one play back from his night. With 9 seconds left in policy, James missed what might have been a consent free-throw on a 3-point play chance. The Wizards missed out on an excellent appearance from Bradley Beal on the next belongings, so it wouldn’t be a big stretch to believe James might have won them the video game in policy.
In the overtime, Beal and Westbrook scored all 12 points for the Wizards while the Lakers missed out on 2 excellent chances to send out the video game into double-overtime on the last belongings of OT. Nonetheless, the Lakers suffered another loss and have actually been up to 3rd location in the Western Conference, behind the Los Angeles Clippers.
How much of a problem is this problem
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It would be an insult to suggest that the Lakers losing three straight games and four games of their last five isn’t an issue. But the real question that must be asked is, how big of an issue is it? The answer ultimately depends on how Anthony Davis heals and whether his injury can be managed to a point where it doesn’t become a long-term loss, like many fear given the location of the injury in the calf/Achilles injury. Getting Dennis Schröder back later this week should make things easier for the Lakers on both ends. While the Lakers offense was strong tonight, they have actually missed Schröder’s ball-pressure on opposing guards. One needs to only look at Russell Westbrook cracking 30 points for just the second time this season to see that more ball pressure could have been useful. Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope couldn’t handle the job of Westbrook and Beal alone. Even when the Lakers get Schröder back, the Lakers may continue to have problems protecting the rim as they did tonight. Robin Lopez had his way to easy looks against Montrezl Harrell and also drew a key late foul against Marc Gasol, who is a great positional defender but lacks the above-the-rim presence of Davis. This issue will persist for a while because there are no simple responses aside from hoping Anthony Davis is healthy when the chips are down.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.