The start of the 2022-2023 season has the Los Angeles Lakers as one of the two teams in the NBA that after five games still do not know victory; the other is Sacramento Kings.
On Friday, the yellow and purple lost again, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-102, leaving the franchise Lebron James with a record of 0-5 like their Californian neighbors the Kings; The Orlando Magic were the other team without a ‘W’, but they broke their win fast by outscoring the Charotte Hornes 113-93 on Friday as well.
The defeat of those led by coach Darvin Ham leaves them in the painful last place of the Western Conference, since the Kings, also without wins, have only played four games so far and the most scandalous thing for James, Anthony Davis Y Russell Westbrook is that this fifth fall equaled a franchise mark dating from the 2014-2015 season.
Also, on Sunday, if they don’t beat the Denver Nuggets, they would match an even older record. Lakers have not lost the first 6 games in a season since 1957-58, when the team was still in Minneapolis, without a doubt the ‘King’ and company will not want to score that in their career.
An alarming fact that could explain in some way the Los Angeles run of disasters is that so far in the 2022-2023 campaign, the Lakers have registered a very poor 42-177 in triples; that is, 23.7% effectiveness from the arc. That’s the worst shooting percentage of any team in the first 5 games of a season of all time, according to ESPN Stats & Info research.
Although the initial schedule of the Lakers has not been easy, a team that started as favorites in its conference cannot afford to lose ground despite the length of the season in the League. Lakers have lost to the current Golden State Warriors (123-109), LA Clippers (103-97), Portland Trail Blazers (106-104), Denver Nuggets (110-99) and most recently against the Wolves (111-102). ).
On the personal side, James, who finished the night with 28 points, recorded his 1,135th game with at least 20 points, which led him to surpass Karl Malone for the most of all time. The ‘Postman’ was the leader in this department with 1,134 per 1,122 of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; However, that record will be overshadowed for now due to the crisis that the Los Angeles franchise is going through.
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Lakers equal a (bad) record dating from 2015