The Los Angeles Lakers will be without LeBron James for at least another week. How does their schedule look without their star?
In the four games without James, the Lakers have a 1-3 record, with their only win coming against the Sacramento Kings. While the Lakers haven’t played poorly without James, they have had a tough time closing out games.
Since the Western Conference is full of teams that have talented rosters and players, the Lakers find themselves without their closer when James is out. Even though they are playing competitively in the fourth quarter, they haven’t been able to get the job done.
So far without James, the Lakers have unfortunately had to play teams that all have a record of at least .500. While they were able to get a win against the Kings, a 1-3 record without James is not good for the Lakers.
With the announcement that James will be missing at least one more week, the Lakers will have to try and get some wins without their best player. Fortunately, the schedule coming up is a bit easier.
On Friday night, the Lakers will be hosting one of the worst teams in the NBA in the New York Knicks. The game against the Knicks should be a win, and it is a much-needed one. Following the game against the Knicks, the Lakers will then be heading on the road to face the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers have already played both the Mavericks and the Timberwolves so far this season. So far, they have been successful with a 3-1 record combined against both teams. Ideally, the Lakers would win both of these games, but splitting this mini-road trip should be the worst case scenario.
After the two games away from home, the Lakers will be playing the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz before the Cleveland Cavaliers come to Los Angeles. The Cavaliers game is on January 11th, which would be one week after the Knicks game and potentially when James comes back.
Hopefully, James is back in the lineup at 100 percent very soon for the Lakers. In the tough Western Conference, every game matters and the losses are starting to pile up without James.
Source: “Los Angeles” – Google News