Published on October 31st, 2018 | by Landon Buford0
Lakers Dodge Another Complete Meltdown & Get The Win Against Mavericks
The Los Angeles Lakers were barely able to avoid another meltdown on Halloween Night against the Dallas Mavericks. If it was not for a clutch free throw by three-time Finals MVP LeBron James in the finals seconds of the game, and it might of went into overtime. The Mavericks were on an upward run that possibly could have complete the comeback. The final score was 113-114, but if you just tuned in at the midway of the fourth quarter, you would not be aware that the Lakers were up by as many as 19 at one.
LeBron led the way with 29 points, six assists, and five rebounds in 39 minutes of work. Meanwhile his supporting cast such as, Kyle Kuzma, who finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, or JaVale McGee’s stat line tallying a double-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds. The issue for the Lakers is not on the offensive side of the ball they are currently rank 7th in scoring as a team in the NBA. Their woes are on the defensive side of the ball, and it has cost them in close games late. It almost cost them again in another close game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas rookie Luka Doncic did not score his first points until the fourth quarter and would finish with 14 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 21 points, and Harrison Barnes chipped in 19 points and four rebounds.
Through games, the Los Angeles Lakers are 3-5, and you could see the frustration on Lebron James’ face. After the loss to the Minnosota Timberwolves, James warned his team to do not test his patience according to Daily Star.
Before for the season started future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett was on a guest on the Scoop B Radio Podcast, and it’s host Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson asked if adding James was enough to GET PAST the Golden State Warriors and win an NBA championship?
“I don’t know,” Garnett told Robinson he would continue “I don’t know. I think we’re all going to see it and it’s going to be a learning lesson for the Lakers this year.”
The Lakers young core is still trying to mesh with all the veterans that were brought in this past off-season. Everywhere that LeBron has been, whether that has been Miami, Cleveland, and now Los Angeles the teams did not automatically click right away. It has always been a process and LeBron James has always been a ball dominant player and that take other teammates with similiar capability to get use to as well. We will see how thing progress as the season goes on.