The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs 138-110 on Thursday night.
At home, no less.
Given that San Antonio is 13-18 on the year and not exactly a world-beater this season, there was understandable frustration regarding this defeat.
LeBron James finished with 36 points on 15-of-26 shooting for the night, but obviously it wasn’t enough to lift LA to victory. Afterward, he quite bluntly addressed what his team’s biggest issue was right now.
“We have no chemistry with any lineup,” he said. “From the simple fact that we literally haven’t logged enough minutes. It’s the truth. What is our starting lineup besides me Russ and AD? … We don’t know.”
To James’ point, the Lakers have used 18 different starting lineups to date. Their most used one in 2021? One that doesn’t even feature James.
Russell Westbrook, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to think the Lakers’ problems are as big as folks are making them out to be.
“Four games ago we’re 16-13 and fourth in the west,” he said on Thursday night. “I didn’t hear none of these questions… So let’s just be honest… there’s a lot of things that have happened in the last week and a half.”
Obviously the Lakers are in an embarrassing place right now. The front office is scrambling – badly.
There are rumors of an Anthony Davis to the Chicago Bulls trade.
LA has spoken to two teams about offloading Westbrook.
There is loose chatter of a potential trade involving not one, but two role players.
All this is the byproduct of losing.
Yikes Pam Oliver. https://t.co/ZkRFWGjoIu
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 24, 2021
If chemistry is the issue and the Lakers can finally develop some, there is time to turn this season around.
Should the problem be personnel, though – then that’s a much tougher problem to solve.