The Los Angeles Lakers are surging up the standings, having won 4 straight games after last night’s 121-113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. This gives the Lakers their 7th win in their last 10 games.
But, the storyline all over the media is the same: LeBron James did the heavy lifting and set the tone for the victory. He did finish the game with 42 points (on 15-for-24 shooting) and paired that up with 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. And over the last 10 games, James is averaging 29.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and shooting 53.7 percent. Yeah, that’s domination!
But of course, he sets the tone for this Lakers team. He’s their number 1, and that’s his job. The media flip-flop on the Lakers when they win and when they lose. But to me, I thought James looked relaxed and calm throughout the game. For 3 quarters he was patient, and let his teammates work themselves into the game. Then in the 4th when they needed him the most, the best player in the league took the game over and won the damn thing. Simple!
The lineup that closed out the Spurs and surrounded LeBron, looked great. The mix was James, Tyson Chandler, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and either Josh Hart or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. As Matt Ellentuck from SB Nation stated: this could be the unit that’s going to take LA from a good team with LeBron carrying it, to a great team with LeBron carrying it.
Catch you Monday.