‘How Bad Can You Be’: Fans Left Unimpressed After LeBron James & Lakers’ Close Win vs Rockets?

Published 11/01/2021, 1:29 AM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) watch game action against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up a convincing win over the Houston Rockets. While the game was good, there were not many positives coming from the game. However, the one major positive was the new Lakers’ rotation. Promoting Avery Bradley up to the starters position got them the defense that they were lacking in their lineup. But all in all, it was a very sloppy game for both sides.

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This is the first of their matchups, and the purple and gold are at an advantage. With a 10 point win, they will enter the next contest with great confidence, especially considering they are playing on the road. For Houston, turnovers made their life hell, giving the ball away 25 times. Both sides were inefficient from the field, with most points coming off fast breaks.

Oct 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after being ejected from the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Paycom Center. Oklahoma City won 123-115. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The purple and gold continue to let down late in the game as the Rockets took over in the fourth quarter. After leading by almost 30 points, they allowed the Rockets to cut it to 10. Likewise, fans were not happy customers as they took to twitter to express their worries.

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Lakers pick up the win in a sloppy game

Fans were unimpressed to see the Lakers fall down to just a 10 point lead after leading by over 25 points. They again put up Melo as the savior who was the only efficient scorer for the night. Apart from him, none of the big stars stepped up and fans were not impressed with the Lakers’ offensive showcase.

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For the purple and gold, the only efficient player was Carmelo Anthony. Melo caught fire yet again, going off for 23 points off the bench. The ‘Big 3’ did not have a big night for the Lake show. Russ tallied 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. LeBron was all over the place, but did not enjoy an efficient night overall. He put up 15 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals on 31% shooting. AD was not on his best performance either, as he went for 16 points shooting under 50% from the field.

For Houston, apart from a run in the fourth quarter, they did not have a great game. With 25 turnovers, they scored over 20 points in just one of the first three quarters. Their leading scorer eric Gordon with 17 points followed by Christian Wood, who tallied 16. Their late game resurgence was led by Kenyon Martin Jr. who scored 12 points in just 16 minutes.

None of the teams shot over 50% from the field or even crossed the 30% mark from deep. It was a sloppy game throughout as big stars failed to make their impacts. For the Lakers, late game concerns keep flooding.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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