On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime. The game went into overtime after Lakers forward LeBron James drained a three-pointer to tie the game, 128-128.
The Lakers and Spurs battled in overtime, but the Spurs prevailed. James missed two crucial free throws towards the end of overtime. The free throws would have put the Lakers up by three over the Spurs. Instead, Patty Mills of the Spurs made a shot with seconds left in overtime. The Spurs took a one-point lead and won the game 143-142. The Spurs handed the Lakers their third loss of this new season. The Lakers are currently 0-3 and 14th in the Western Conference.
The Lakers started their season last Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers beat the Lakers 128-119. After their loss to the Blazers, the Lakers made their home debut against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets beat them 124-115.
This game led to two Lakers being suspended, the first being forward Brandon Ingram (4 games) for punching the Rockets’ Chris Paul. Next, the NBA suspended guard Rajon Rondo for spitting, throwing punches, and taking part in the altercation with Paul. Additionally, Paul also received a two-game suspension for the incident. In yesterday’s game, Lonzo Ball filled in for Rajon Rondo as the starting point guard. He’ll likely do so until Rondo’s suspension is over.
The NBA season is just beginning. The Lakers are 0-3, but it’s not the time to panic. They arguably had the biggest signing during the free agency period. They signed LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million deal. This signing instantly placed the Lakers into the spotlight. James is one of the biggest stars in the NBA (if not the biggest). Now, he is alongside young players such as Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball.
The Lakers also signed several players to one-year deals. They signed players such as Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, and Rajon Rondo to those deals. Each player is a talented veteran that could help the Lakers become playoff bound. The addition of all of the new Lakers is beneficial to them, but it is an adjustment. The Lakers will not mesh overnight. Their success is evitable; however, it won’t happen right away. It will be a process.
The Lakers face the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. The Suns lost to the Warriors last night. The 20-point loss put the Suns at 1-3. They’ve won one game, whereas the Lakers are winless. The Lakers have a chance to get their first win against the Suns and jumpstart their season. It is entirely up to them.