LeBron James temporarily relished one thing that many people believed would be close to impossible after the first 12 games of the regular season. James once referred to this regular season period as the most significant of his career.
The Los Angeles Lakers will have a better record during the regular season than their opponents.
On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers earned their 42nd win of the season with a 121-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns. With this victory, the Lakers ensured they would finish with a winning record. That was a pipe dream in early November when Los Angeles struggled out of the gate with a record of 2-10.
“Do you imagine we’re going to end this season above…?’ I just asked AD (Anthony Davis),”
500 with all that has happened throughout this season?’ We were able to turn this situation around throughout the regular season,” James stated. “There is still more basketball to be played, but knowing that we will finish a few games higher. The number 500 is very nice.
According to NBA Online Betting PH, the Los Angeles Lakers finished with a record of 42-39, making them only the fourth club since 1981 to start with a record of 2-10 or worse and end with a winning record. The New Jersey Nets accomplished this feat not once but twice (1981-1982 and 2004-2005), while the Chicago Bulls triumphed against the odds in 2004-2005.
Despite James and Davis having played together in the same starting lineup for only 35 games, Los Angeles was still able to complete its comeback.
Because of discomfort in his right foot, James was forced to sit out 27 games, including four weeks from the end of February to the end of March.
Because of a right foot stress injury, Davis missed 26 games during his absence. Since the beginning of February, he has only been absent from two games, though.
Since LeBron James returned to the lineup on March 26, the Los Angeles Lakers have gone 5-1 in their last seven games. They only moved their record above.500 in the 77th game of the season when they won by 12 points at Minnesota.
“Everything is going smoothly for us. When I wasn’t there, the men pulled through for me. “Since I’ve been back, I’ve tried to contribute to the team in the games I’ve played,” James stated.
The trade deadline was the most important factor in the turnaround, allowing the Lakers to recast their team. Together with moving Russell Westbrook, they were able to acquire guards D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley, as well as forward Jarred Vanderbilt and center Mo Bamba.
Since the trade deadline on February 9, the Los Angeles Lakers have posted a record of 17-9, which is good for second place in the Western Conference.
“This has been a great group. Davis remarked, “There is a lot at stake, and on the line, and as a result, we have no choice but to improve.” “Our practice has consisted of games, and as a result, we’ve figured things out on the fly.”
During the victory over the Suns, Russell was the Lakers’ leading scorer with 24 points, and Beasley was second with 21 points. Austin Reaves has also established himself as an important player, scoring 17.8 points per game after the All-Star break.
The Lakers’ major objective heading into the final game of the regular season on Sunday against the Utah Jazz is to finish in the top six in the Western Conference so that they may avoid having to compete in a play-in tournament. They are sixth in the West and might use some assistance.
As we head into the season’s final day, the Lakers’ last standing could be anywhere from fifth to ninth.
During the grueling stretch that is the latter part of the season, Coach Darvin Ham’s top priority is to ensure that his team can get some rest. They will play their fourth game in six days, including the possibility of a play-in game on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Ham explained, “We have to do what we need to do to make sure that we have the necessary energy, the proper rest, and care and that we are making sure that we are taking care of our soldiers and their physical difficulties.” “I just think that the stakes being what they are is going to ramp up our men,” the speaker said.
Even though he had the day free, James spent it in Portland to see his son Bronny compete in the Nike Hoops Summit. When questioned about going on the trip, James flashed a kind grin and responded with a statement that encapsulates the past thirty days: