The Los Angeles Lakers did not have a great start to the current season they were hoping for. At present, they are 3-5. Moreover, the Lakers Nation hoped they would do well in the four-game road trip. So far, it has been horrible for the LA side. They have lost the game against the Houston Rockets with a margin of 34 points. It was a complete disaster against the Rockets. Moreover, against the Miami Heat, the gap was just one point. Hence, the luck has not even favored the 17-time champions so far. But funnily enough, it seems the Lakers can’t stop making history, even if it is for the wrong reasons.
Last season, LeBron James maintained the tradition of the Lakers to have the all-time leading scorer in the league. It started with Wilt Chamberlain. Then the torch passed to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Moreover, after 38 years, the Lakers ‘Captain’ passed the torch to the “Kid from Akron, Ohio.” However, this season, the Lakers made a name for themselves. As for the first eight games of the season, they maintained a lower three-pointer percentage than each opponent.
LA Keeps Making History Even If It Is Not Something They’re Proud Of
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Lakers have made fewer three-pointers than their opponents in each of the eight games so far this season. Hence, the Lakers are the first team to fall down to this level in the first eight games of a season. Currently, they have attempted 29.6% three-pointers and made it to basket 9.0 per game. With their three-point percentage, they rank 29th in the league at present. Moreover, on Wednesday, the Lakers made only seven baskets out of 25 three-pointer attempts.
In each of the Lakers' games this season, they've:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 9, 2023
– Made fewer threes than their opponent
– Shot a worse percentage from three than their opponent
They're the first team in NBA history to do that in each of the first 8 games of a season. pic.twitter.com/xLCEunO0s6
They had a completion rate of 28% on Wednesday. Moreover, the Lakers are yet to win an away game. They have won at home all three times this season so far. Initially, Darvin Ham mentioned during the training camp, that the players were practicing three-pointers more and getting better. But this new record did not prove him right. Naturally, the fans are not happy as the team has yet to live up to the expectations. Moreover, Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura are far from the best that they showed last season.
Why The Offseason Plans Are Not Working For The Lakers?
Moreover, the Lakers Nation thought that the franchise wouldn’t struggle like last season to maintain a winning streak this time. After all, they had a great offseason. The front office was able to maintain balance and depth in the roster. It seemed like the Lakers would not have to go through so much trouble with injuries this time.
Mainly because the team has enough depth to maintain the stress level of each player. But it is not working as well as the head coach and the GM planned. Moreover, the LA side is facing several injury issues, with key players out of the game when the team needs them the most. They are going through a bit of a rough patch at the very beginning of the season.