LeBron James Calls Out LA Lakers for Poor Performance against Detroit Pistons

Published 01/29/2021, 1:45 AM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates his three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers suffered their first back-to-back defeat tonight. After losing to the Philadelphia 76ers the night before, the Lakers shockingly lost to the Detroit Pistons, one of the worst teams in the NBA this season.

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It was a shocking performance from the Lakers, who had been looking like dominant defending champions prior to these two games.

LeBron James not happy with the loss

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LA Lakers’ LeBron James spoke to the press after the Lakers’ defeat. When asked about whether the defeat is concerning, James noted that there isn’t a reason to ring alarm bells. Furthermore, he noted that the team cannot use the excuse of a lengthy road trip, since every other team in the NBA has a similar schedule.

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“There’s still work to be done. Those games we played, there’s more that can be done. We need to get better. And you can’t really get your mind into how many days on the road (you have), whatever the case may be. Every team does it, every team has a long road trip.” 

Lakers continue their road trip

James added that the Lakers must pull themselves back together. “We’re professionals. We have to keep our minds fresh, keep our bodies fresh to go out there and put together a complete 48-minute game. Obviously, we haven’t done it the last couple of games. We just have to be better on Saturday.”

Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James gave props to the Detroit Pistons for playing a good game. But he also noted that the Lakers did not perform to their full potential. He noted fatigue was a big factor in the loss. “I think Detroit played extremely well tonight and we didn’t play well. Our legs got to us a little bit in the second half. That was the result of it.”

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Can the Lakers bounce back after two consecutive losses? Perhaps, the Lakers are showing signs of fatigue after their early start to the season.

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But they have enormously talented players and should find a way to improve as they go forward. Right now, they need to focus on getting wins one game at a time, rather than be consumed by their tough schedule.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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