Last Updated on Jan 24, 2022 03:09 PM
|Match Date & Time:||2022-01-05 09:00 AM (IST) |
2022-01-05 03:30 AM (GMT)
NBA 2021-22 will see Los Angeles Lakers facing off against Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, 05 January 2022 at 09:00 AM IST
If there is a time when the Lakers need to go on at least a five-game winning streak it is now. They have beaten two below-par teams in Trail Blazers and Timberwolves and the Kings are pretty much in the same category.
The team will have to face Atlanta, Grizzlies, and then Sacramento once again but come on, you will have to beat switched-on squads like Grizzlies to make something out of this season.
The Lakers have not played well as per the roster make-up, yes LeBron has been tearing it apart with 30+ points nights, Monk has given 20 or so, Carmelo 15 or so, and Westbrook despite his inconsistencies, has provided more than decent rebounding and scoring.
But it is time that someone like Talen Horton-Tucker raises the hand and picks up the game. The Lakers need to hold teams around 105 or so more often, if they do that, they can win 67% of their games at least.
Sacramento has won some games in the closing moments recently but Nah, don’t be fooled by that, by no means are the Kings a great closeout team.
Why do I say that? Well, during most games, they are barely in the territory of even making a comeback by the late fourth-quarter period.
I am amazed that a team is blessed with two stellar playmaking one-guards among whom Fox is a superb scorer, Haliburton also a scoring threat, and a backup tandem of Mitchell and Hield, where Mitchell brings defensive smarts and Hield can light it up from the field along with an offensive wing in Harrison Barnes, and a talented big Forward in Marvin Bagley II, that team has done so poorly.
It is a baffling scenario especially when Barnes and Hield continue to struggle to put up points and I don’t know, there is some systemic issue that has plagued both offense and the defense.