Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will stay out for a month. LeBron James and Lakers role players will have to carry extra weight on their shoulders.
Lakers players will try to repeat the performance they had in Orlando. The West is packed with talent, and LA has to be more competitive in the next few months.
LeBron is averaging 37.7 minutes in February. The four-time NBA champion is averaging 25.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 7,9 assists per game. He deserves a shot in the MVP conversation. However, his team needs to win more games.
LeBron James to see more from Lakers role players
Los Angeles has lost three of the last four games after a seven-game winning streak. AD left the game against the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 14. He will probably stay out for four weeks.
“Right now is another challenge for me, to be able to adjust,” LeBron said. “Not having AD for a long period of time is something that we haven’t had over the last year and a half. And now it’s time for me to adjust again and see ways I can be even more effective to help this team win ballgames. Because that is the sport that we’re in.
“We’re in the winning business and I’ve always been a winner. So, it’s time to click into that.”
The Lakers shot 38.3% from the field agains the Miami Heat. It was a 96-94 loss, and they hit on 29.9% of their 3-point shots. LeBron shot his worst percentage of the season from the field. He was just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit more than one 3-pointer for just the second time this month. According to him, Lakers role players will have to try harder to give LeBron a hand.
“I feel like the last couple games that’s been happening, putting a lot on Bron,” Caldwell-Pope told reporters after the loss. “We already know what we’re going to get out of him. So all the rest of us, we’ve got to continue to just play hard and just play basketball and not worry about anything else.
“We do ask Bron for a lot; he gives us a lot each and every game,” Caldwell-Pope added. “It’s up to us as far as like role players and ‘next man up’ mentality, we’ve got to be ready and locked in.”