The Lakers were once again without LeBron James but looked like they could use a steadying force with a baffling display loosely resembling basketball.
It’s not been the most promising start to the 2021-22 season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only has the team started out 8-7 heading into Wednesday’s matchup against the Bucks but they’ve been without LeBron James for a couple of weeks due to injury.
This has not been the season many imagined when this team assembled a superstar-laden roster with James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, in addition to other notable veterans.
And against the Bucks, there was one stretch in which it looked as if the Lakers had never even seen a game of basketball before with how badly they were stumbling over themselves.
Watch Lakers make two awful blunders against the Bucks
For starters, we had the Lakers unforced error leading to a turnover and easy bucket for Milwaukee. But to make it worse, Carmelo Anthony lackadaisically tried to inbound the ball and promptly committed another turnover.
Either as bad or even worse, though, was a play by Russell Westbrook in which the guard tried to back his man down into the mid-range, but lost his dribble, then tried to get it back unsuccessfully. So, naturally, he pulled up and bricked an ugly shot.
Somehow, despite the blunders, the Lake Show was still competing with the reigning champs.
They were within a couple of possessions heading into the fourth quarter on the road, largely thanks to big games from Talen Horton-Tucker and Anthony Davis. If they can somehow stay afloat until James returns, which should be soon, this team should be fine — even if they still are good for a few bloopers every now and then.