‘Don’t Get Tired’: Lakers’ LeBron James Denies Accusations of Exhaustion After Loss Against Pistons

Published 01/29/2021, 6:00 AM EST
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


The Los Angeles Lakers succumbed to a successive defeat tonight, against the Detroit Pistons. They looked exhausted, after playing a back-to-back game on the road. But star LeBron James denied this in the post-game interview.

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When asked if the tight road schedule is wearing him down, LeBron simply replied, “I don’t get tired.” 

Despite being 36 years old, and in year 18 of his NBA career, LeBron hasn’t slowed down. He still averages the most minutes per game on the Lakers with 33.1 and he also ranks 5th in the league for most minutes played so far. This shows his determination towards the team, and how he is putting in the extra effort, despite his age.

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

Tonight, LeBron finished with 22 points and 10 assists, while shooting just 42% from the field. He shot 7-10 in the first half, and then it went completely downhill from there for him.

The Lakers need to rally behind LeBron James to get out of their slump

The Lakers missed Anthony Davis against the Pistons. He had to sit out due to a leg injury and was replaced by Kyle Kuzma. The forward took this opportunity well and had 22 points while shooting 9-17 from the field. While he did his part on offense, the absence of AD hurt the Lakers, especially on defense. They gave up too many easy points and were unable to get stops.

Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

After being 10-0 on the road, they are now 10-2 following these back-to-back losses against the 76ers and the Pistons. During the 76ers game, the Lakers were still competitive and lost to a game-winner by Tobias Harris. But against the Pistons, they look lethargic, which could be because of exhaustion.

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A big concern for the Lakers would be the form of Dennis Schroder. He is currently averaging 13.6 points while shooting just 41% from the field and 30% from three. His arrival led to a minutes decrease for Alex Caruso, who has been in stunning form off the bench. Caruso is shooting 54% from three and will definitely be more helpful if he gets more minutes.

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives against LA Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5) and center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers now have one day of rest before they resume their road journey. They play the old rivals, the Celtics, next and will hope to return to winning ways.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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