Things got really hot for the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis is out, and Dennis Schroder is missing time, too. LeBron James has to carry a heavy load on his back. He has been a dominant player in 31 games for the team, but the Lakers will have to build strong lineups without LeBron.
In the losses to Brooklyn and Miami, LA had a combined offensive rating of 101.1. Without LeBron on the floor, Vogel relied on Montrezl Harrell, Alex Caruso, and Talen Horton-Tucker. They came off the bench to score more points. Kyle Kuzma saw a bigger role on the floor too.
Lakers head coach Vogel to build strong lineups without LeBron
LA players see major problems on the floor when LeBron is not on the court. However, head coach Vogel is an optimist. According to him, the team has enough talent to win games.
“It’s a challenge, but we have plenty of depth to get the job done,” Vogel said. “We just have to be a lot more organized than we’ve been in those situations throughout the year when ‘Bron and Anthony are both out. There hasn’t been a ton of those, but Anthony missed some games earlier in the season.”
The head coahc added that there are some great options with the LeBron-less lineups.
“We’ve had some success with those lineups, but certainly we weren’t good the other night. It was a big focal point of yesterday’s practice and today’s walkthrough — just being more organized in those situations. We have plenty of firepower to get the job done.”
The team has posted a negative net rating when the four-time NBA champion is off the floor. Vogellikes the start LA had eearlier in the season.
“We had a strong start this season with LeBron off the floor, and it’s tailed off a little bit of late because our whole team has short of tailed off in perimeter shooting. But we have plenty of firepower to get the job done,” Vogel said.
“‘Bron, he commands the ball and obviously runs the show, so there’s a natural void. It’s just one of those things we have to be mindful of. Making sure that we’re organized and giving a plan to those guys that are in there. Because like I said, we have plenty of firepower to win those minutes. Especially on the defensive side of the ball.”
Davis and Schroder have key roles on the roster. They are out, and Lakers players have to step up and score with bigger roles. Harrell is still seeing difficulties. Kuzma looks confident, but he has to put in extra effort.