Why the Lakers should not panic yet
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the best teams in the league and they are in big need of improvement in the 2021-22 season. The team is yet to get a strong push going and started poorly in the first week of the new season.
LA is one of the best teams to have an ensemble of three stars in the league. Having the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook is a win for the team. They should know that there is a strong hope for them to be an elite team. With a lot of games to go in the 2021-22 season, it is too early to judge the way they play.
With a lot of expectations set for the team, fans are surely criticising LA more than usual. They have been stagnant in their games. While both James and Davis have been clicking well for the team, Russ and the rest of the squad are yet to be on the same page, which has led to a dismal start so far.
This can be a big problem for the Lakers but they should not panic since they are capable of tweaking their plays under their smart coach Frank Vogel. The Lakers still have plenty of chances to fix their games and it is going to be a huge twist if they manage to pull it off.
The Lakers can put more focus on the supporting cast
Carmelo Anthony showed signs of life in the Lakers’ 121-118 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. It was one of the pleasing sights that the team had to work with and they are more than pleased to see the star drop big points in a crucial game.
Dwight Howard has also shown his worth as a reliable big for the team. While there are doubts on how he is going to work with Davis after their small scuffle, the veteran big man knows he can change his ways and play it hard on the paint.
The Lakers have a lot of key pieces around their main stars, and they should make them work as if there are no stars to play with. They have to be consistent even if there is no star to set the tone for them. This is one of the big areas that the Lakers need to work on.
Russ’ problem can be solved easily
Through the first few games of the season, Russ hasn’t been the best star guard they hoped him to be. He is playing far from the hyped showtime star that fans wanted which is not a good sight for the team. That is not much of a big problem for the team since he is new to the squad.
Westbrook needs to adapt to his team and the only way he can do that is to play more games and focus on his passing instead. He may not be the one to rack up a lot of points just yet, but Brodie has done well to set big plays for the team so far.
This is one of the areas that the Lakers can use him. He can even play off the ball and have James set up plays for him instead.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores