‘Time for a Trade’: Twitter Reacts as Lakers’ Lack of Chemistry Is Exposed Against vs Cavaliers

Published 10/29/2021, 11:46 PM EDT
Oct 26, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) talks to forward Anthony Davis (3) from the bench in the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports


Back at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in their sixth game of the season. Coming in with a record of 2-3, they will certainly look to back up their shocking loss to OKC Thunder. The Lakers need to improve their late-game tactics, and their previous loss was proof; they lost despite being up by 26 points at one point. LeBron James is also making his return after missing the previous two games to ankle soreness.

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Apart from him, the duo of Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis are doing their job. In the King’s absence, they took over for the Lakers and showed out. Notably, AD has been scoring 30 points in back-to-back games since LeBron has gone down with ankle soreness. On the other hand, Westbrook put up his first triple double in the last game, but turnovers are still an issue.

Oct 26, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots a basket in the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland vs Lakers will be an interesting matchup to watch, with the Cavs entering the game with a winning record of 3-2. However, the Lakers are struggling to keep possession, and fans are not liking it.

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Fans disgusted as Lakers turn the ball again and again

The purple and gold received good news with LeBron James making his return. Likewise, they started the first quarter strong, taking a 4 point lead early. Westbrook was aggressive for the Lakes tallying 7 points. However, things went south after that. The Cavaliers went off on a 13-0 run to end the quarter, thus taking the lead to end the first quarter.

The main reason for this was the Lakers’ turnovers. Their struggles were evident, and the fans were quick to get on it. They racked up a total of 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone. Moreover, they couldn’t keep a hold of the ball while the Cavs continued to hurt them because of the turnovers.

 

 

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Chemistry is being highlighted a lot with any Lakers game. Despite having many new faces, the chemistry seems to be lost rather than gone off. There have been many unforced turnovers coming every game. Moreover, conflicts are always coming up when the team struggles on the court.

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Analysts expressed their concern about chemistry issues to come when the Lakers made these moves. With three big stars on the team, sacrifices had to be made. However, they are yet to establish a unit that can work together. Building chemistry will be their priority in the coming few games. Developing the trust and team work early is what the Lakers will hope for as they continue to figure things out.

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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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