Lach's Looks

As the NBA season proceeds, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to head in a bad direction.

As of Nov. 11, the Lakers are 7-5 and stand at fourth place in the Pacific Division. They stand in seventh place in the Western Conference. Their performance needs to improve. Holding and maintaining first place will help them hold a good pace. 

The Lakers have found themselves in three overtime games against the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Charlotte Hornets. Each of those games ended in their favor, but two of those three overtime games were not necessary. 

The Heat was without Jimmy Butler, the Spurs are decent at best, and the Hornets only really have Lamelo Ball to show true strength. Something has to give. 

I am concerned about LeBron James when he comes back. He has been sidelined with an abdomen injury for about a week now and has been averaging 24.8 points per game.

His presence needs to be big when he comes back, but that presence can’t be colliding with the presence of Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has been stepping up and is leading in the Lakers’ assist and steals categories. The progress of the Lakers’ chemistry must continue cautiously and meticulously. 

The work that Anthony Davis has done must also be addressed. The power forward is currently the team leader for points, rebounds, and blocks. 

Carmelo Anthony has been the clutch player that the Lakers have needed. He is averaging 17.2 points per game coming off the bench. The Lakers have been lucky enough to pick him up after so many teams have turned their backs on him. 

So what do the Lakers need to do from now until Christmas? The answer is to win as many games as they can.

They lie in a division where all five teams are ranked top ten in standings. They are surrounded by a lot of tough competition. 

I am most looking forward to how the Warriors will respond to the Lakers when Klay Thompson comes back. Both Thompson and Steph Curry will provide a lot more trouble in the West when they are all 100% ready. The Warriors hold the first place banner for the moment. 

The Los Angeles Lakers need to get over the hump with a couple of teams. They have to get past the Los Angeles Clippers and make sure they don’t get ousted by a Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers team, due to an injury. 

The Sacramento Kings won’t be a problem if the Lakers stoop to their level. I guess we will see come Nov. 26 and Nov. 30.

Finally, we have the Phoenix Suns sitting up high at third place overall and second in the Pacific behind the Warriors. They continue to show themselves as a champion-caliber team with Javale McGee, Devin Booker and Chris Paul being consistent night in and night out. 

Beyond the Pacific Division teams are the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies. These four teams can give the Lakers a run for their money if they don’t have the chemistry needed to win. 

Time to see how the future unfolds. 

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.

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