LeBron James insists he’s going to give everything he has no matter how lackluster the Los Angeles Lakers’ record is.
He might well have to play the underdog if their poor results continue. Despite a LeBron James triple double and one of Russell Westbrook’s best performances for the Lakers, they lost 139 – 130 to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Houston entered the match with the NBA’s worst record and inflicted the Lakers’ sixth loss in seven games. Luckily, the Pelicans, Blazers and Spurs also lost, meaning they’re still 9th.
However, they still fell nine games below .500 for the first time this year.
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Russell Westbrook scored 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting with eight rebounds, 6 assists and one turnover. When individuals are playing well and still not winning it is a team issue, as Westbrook explains.
“We kind of messed around with the game and they had confidence throughout the night,” said Westbrook.
“We gave up 32-, 36-point quarters [in the] first and second quarters, which is a lot of points,” he said. “Guys made some shots. So now when [it is] guys [shooting who are] not normally making 3s or whatever it may be, they’ll make ’em.”
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“They’re going to compete, they’re playing the Lakers,” Westbrook said.
“As you guys see, when they play the Lakers, people, they get up for those games. … It’s a thing for them.”
“I probably would be in uniform no matter what,” LeBron James said. “No matter if we were nine games under .500 or nine games above .500. It’s just all dependent on how [the knee] feels. So my love for the game and the way I play the game and me suiting up has nothing to do with records and things of that nature. That’s just not me.”