The Los Angeles Lakers faced another setback in their challenging road trip, falling 128-94 to the Houston Rockets. LeBron James, expressing uncertainty about the team’s performance, noted his limited assessment after the game. Coach Darvin Ham reduced James’ minutes by sitting him out the entire fourth quarter, given the game’s lopsided nature.
The Lakers struggled with injuries, with key players like Anthony Davis, Jaxson Hayes, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Jalen Hood-Schifino unavailable. James emphasized the challenge of building cohesion without a complete roster, citing the team’s significant injuries.
Despite hopes for Davis’s return, the Lakers face considerable obstacles, having been historically outscored in first quarters and performing poorly in three-point shooting. Coach Ham acknowledged the tough circumstances but stressed that, as Los Angeles Lakers, they shouldn’t expect sympathy.
The Lakers are searching for solutions to reverse their fortunes, acknowledging the need to relax, get healthy, and focus on playing for each other. Point guard D’Angelo Russell highlighted the importance of a collective mentality to facilitate smoother gameplay.
Rui Hachimura’s return after missing four games due to concussion protocol provided a silver lining, contributing 24 points off the bench. However, he acknowledged the ongoing challenge of adjusting to different lineups and player rotations.
Taurean Prince, reflecting on the situation in the locker room, emphasized the need to adapt to missing pieces while avoiding excuses. Despite the difficulties, the Lakers aim to regroup and find a positive trajectory for the remainder of the season.