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LeBron James gets ‘sincere’ about Lakers debacle after NBA opening night

LeBron James didn’t sugarcoat his evaluation of the Lakers’ taking pictures struggles after a 123-109 loss to the Warriors in Tuesday’s season opener.

“We’re getting great looks, but it could also be teams giving us great looks,” James said postgame on the Chase Center. “To be fully sincere, we’re not a crew that’s constructed of nice taking pictures and that’s simply the reality of the matter. It’s not like we’re sitting right here with a number of lasers on our crew.

“But that doesn’t deter us from still trying to get great shots. When you get those opportunities, you take them. We’re not sitting here with a bunch of 40-plus [percent] career three point shooting guys.”

James recorded 31 factors on 12-of-25 taking pictures (3-of-10 from three) to go along with 14 rebounds and eight assists. The Lakers had been 10-of-40 from three within the opener, with Westbrook and Anthony Davis a mixed 1-or-6 from deep.

Lakers star shoots the ball in opposition to the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on Oct. 18, 2022 in San Francisco, Ca.
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Davis tallied 27 factors (0-of-3 from three), six rebounds and 4 steals within the loss.

Westbrook, who’s been restricted as a consequence of hamstring damage, added 19 factors (1-of-3 from three), 11 rebounds and three assists.

The Lakers are conscious that 3-point taking pictures is a weak point for his or her present roster. They completed preseason with a 3-point taking pictures proportion of 28.6% that ranked twenty sixth amongst the 30 NBA groups.

During media day, vp of basketball operations Rob Pelinka stated, “I think in terms of shooting, we know that’s a needed skill.” 

Lakers star LeBron James reacts throughout the first half of a recreation in opposition to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.

Lakers star LeBron James drives towards the basket as Jonathan Kuminga #00 of the Golden State Warriors defends throughout a recreation at Chase Center on Oct. 18, 2022 in San Francisco, Ca.

Lakers star LeBron James during a game against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 8, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, Ca.
Lakers star LeBron James throughout a recreation in opposition to the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 8, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, Ca.

Lakers star LeBron James during the 3rd quarter of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on Oct. 18, 2022 in San Francisco, Cl.
Lakers star LeBron James throughout the third quarter of the sport in opposition to the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on Oct. 18, 2022 in San Francisco, Cl.

The Lakers ranked bottom-10 in three-point taking pictures in 2021-22, and failed to select up any sharpshooters over the summer season, which was flooded with questions about retooling their roster following a disastrous 33-49 document final season.

Los Angeles additionally didn’t retain any of their high three-point shooters in Malik Monk (Kings) and free brokers, Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington.

James (34.6 %), together with Patrick Beverley (37.7 %), and Kendrick Nunn (36.5 %), presently personal the very best career three-point taking pictures percentages on the roster.

Meanwhile, Steph Curry led the reigning champion Warriors to their first win of the season with 33 factors after a gradual begin — following the crew’s pregame championship ring ceremony.

The Lakers host the Clippers on Thursday.

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