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NBA – Lakers are an embarrassment | Playon99 News



New Orleans Pelicans came back from an unbelievable Los Angeles Lakers lead and marked them again as the shame of the NBA. LeBron James had another superb display in points, but it is not enough in a team where he plays alone and it may even cost him to be out of the Play-In.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA’s great projects, aspired to the top with five All-Star players, two MVPs, six NBA champions and a roster valued at $164 million, but they are on the brink of the abyss.

The Lakers are tenth in the Western Conference, only half a game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the fight to stay in the Play-In spots, established themselves as the fifth worst defense in the NBA – they allow 114.3 points per game to their rivals – and with no other lifeline than LeBron James.

The yellow and purple franchise has been left with no margin for error in a new sign of lack of cohesion and understanding in a team that goes from stumble to stumble: they fell against the New Orleans Pelicans and once again made clear the lack of solidity, something unthinkable in a team with so many veterans.

The Los Angeles Lakers let a 23-point lead come back to certify a new defeat -43 in total this season- that leaves them one step away from losing everything.

Frank Vogel’s team failed to capitalize, once again, on a historic night for LeBron, whose epic run is over.

James once again entered history by becoming the second player after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to reach 37,000 points after scoring 39 points on 14-of-27 shooting from the field, being the only offensive reference of a team with no direction.

After the game against New Orleans Pelicans, LeBron – who had physical discomfort and stayed inside the court – showed to be unhappy and said:

“It sucks. I have no idea how I could have finished the game, but I didn’t want to leave. I knew it was a very important game for us”

A unique player who leaves everything on the field for his team to win, even his own health: an ankle discomfort puts in doubt his participation in the following Los Angeles Lakers’ commitments.

LeBron’s possible injury and this loss to the Pelicans will be one more nail in the coffin of a team that is on its way to signing one of the biggest debacles in the history of the sport in the NBA.

As for the development, everything was going well and LeBron was a figure to achieve something that did not happen in recent games: winning the first two halves (31-23 and 69-49) to go ahead at halftime.

What happened next had no more explanation than to inspect inside the mind of a franchise that seems cursed. The Los Angeles Lakers gave away the third quarter with a 16-point lead and by the last quarter they fell apart with another 12-point deficit in favor of the Pelicans.

Brandon Ingram was the leading scorer for the New Orleans Pelicans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, followed closely by Trey Murphy (21+4) and Jonas Valanciunas with a 19+12 double-double.

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