82 factors. No, I’m not speaking about what number of factors the Lakers had on this recreation. It’s what number of factors the Mavericks scored as a group… within the first half.
Essentially the most factors the Lakers have given up in a half for the reason that franchise moved to LA 😳 pic.twitter.com/TvWYaUsYGE
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 30, 2022
With no LeBron or Anthony Davis, it was anybody’s guess how this recreation went. Led by Luka Dončić, the Dallas Mavericks have been cruising in opposition to the Lakers all recreation lengthy. The rating doesn’t inform the entire story, as Los Angeles was out-hustled and made no effort on the defensive finish as they’d lose 128-110.
Dončić had a triple-double, ending with 34 factors, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. He was one in all 7 Dallas gamers with double-digit factors. Former Laker Reggie Bullock has 17 factors and hit 5 of his seven makes an attempt from three-point land.
This loss pushes the Lakers out of the play-in match if the playoffs began at the moment.
The season continues to worsen for Los Angeles, with LeBron unsure to be again for Thursday’s recreation in opposition to Utah along with his ankle damage. Anthony Davis is trending in the suitable path, however Kendrick Nunn will probably be out the remainder of the season. His bone bruise damage has not allowed him to play a single minute this yr.
What a waste of cash. I could possibly be getting paid to take a seat on the bench and watch the sport too.
Permitting 43 factors within the first quarter exhibits this Lakers group doesn’t care anymore. You possibly can discuss ending out the season all you need, however this group’s effort and power degree with out LeBron is outright ridiculous.
The Lakers roster needs to be fully completely different by subsequent season. In any other case, this group goes nowhere and LeBron will go away.
At this level, Rob Pelinka ought to entertain commerce gives for Anthony Davis. Certain, he’s trending in the suitable path, nevertheless it’s solely a matter of time earlier than he falls and hurts himself once more. Mr. Avenue Garments himself is product of glass.
Additionally, this recreation didn’t should be on nationwide tv. The Bucks and 76ers have been enjoying, and that matchup featured two MVP candidates in Giannis Antetokunmpo and Joel Embiid.
Heading into subsequent season, the Lakers want their nationwide TV video games decreased. There are different groups like Milwaukee or Memphis who should be on primetime as an alternative of this pathetic squad.
By the best way, what a comeback by Paul George. First recreation again, and he does this?
THE @LAClippers HAVE DONE IT AGAIN 🤯
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 30, 2022
Even the Clippers have extra combat in them than the Purple & Gold.
The Lakers will face the Jazz on Thursday, however Lakers followers should not have any expectations in any respect for this group, with or with out LeBron.