James Worthy PRAISES LeBron leads Lakers with Injury:- Without Anthony Davis go on the road and beat the Houston Rockets in their first meeting of the year they start off the Grammy trip want to know Lakers were fighting uphill.
It seemed like that entire first half just couldn’t get a call to go their way couldn’t really close that gap kind of felt fortunate to be down six refs missed a big goal ten that would have been a four-point swing but came out in that third quarter and absolutely dominated 32 to 17 and then came out in the fourth one on that big run and it was ball game James yeah I think you know the first quarter they’re trying to fill out a team that had been struggling a little bit West brook you know he shot a volume of shots tonight you know harden not really play his game but the Lakers struggled a little bit and the first half but you’re right they decide to play defense in that third quarter Gator seventeen points.
They are only allowed and then I think guys like McGee started to play defense Pope coozea lot of guys in the absence of AD stepped up and played the game and it was the defense to turn it around you know people talk about the Milwaukee Bucks and the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets having other guys besides their superstars people are really talking about the Lakers others you know Kuzma a very nice game for him tonight 23 points kcp 20 points continuing most a two-month run a very good basketball for Kentavious could well-pope and of course LeBron James
And I’m not saying he should be the MVP but if he’s not a top your list right now yeah not saying you’re wrong but I would have lunch with you I just want to point out a couple I just want to point out the fact that the Lakers are four and one over the last week and a half without Anthony Davis three wins on the road against probable Western Conference playoff teams Dallas OKC and Houston LeBron James 31 points analysis tonight and for the Lakers yet another added to the list and LeBron gained and Oliv added and I want to talk Houston because I feel like everybody kind of in the room they kind of like talk about it and then you know we get to look James Harden is maybe the toughest one-on-one Quran scored a guard ever.
I don’t even want to hear that but what’s in the bag there I mean it’s like a pinata therefore coming but 69-70 shots and they don’t win the game doesn’t something have to change but a lot of these the last few weeks here for Houston look I think you still give it time.
I think that these are two guys that want to play with each other despite the narratives that are being thrown out there by a lot of people outside of that infrastructure in that circle I think that they enjoy playing with one another and they haven’t been getting the results as of late but I think James has taken a step back specifically in the OKC game that was a game for Russell to get you to know huge numbers and hopefully a quality win which did not happen and also against a Portland team that you know didn’t equate to a win either so they’re trying to figure it out but I think they’ll be fine going for how hard is it knowing a coach and player can help me on this if I’m not trusting you consistently and keeping you in rhythm and that confidence where it needs to be how tough is it to then decide in different spots right and this game we got to work you work here when these guys are standing around a lot and watching the game.
When it and two other guys have the ball stand well yeah look it’s not easy to be those other guys on Houston’s team and to keep your self involved in the game capelets involved because he’s a pick-and-roll guy but then there’s the two corner Stander’s that’s their position on every play you know you have right corner and left corner that’s the position you play in Houston and it’s tough to keep yourself I think at time enthused and defending.
I give PJ Tuckera lot of respect it’s not easy to stand down there on offense and then still stay committed defensively it takes a different type of guy look I just don’t think they have enough I don’t think they have enough around those two guys I don’t think they have enough to city in profits and while their defense has been a little bit better even in this stretch of losing six games and eleven nights in eleven games it’s not good enough to carry them when they have bad offense.
I just don’t think this is their year I don’t think so either but the only team that ever knocked them out when they was at their peak is the Golden State Warriors and they had Kevin Durant at the splash brothers and you know no one could beat them when they were at you know full and healthy so I think that in their back of their head is they thinking look if we can just stay healthy and get some momentum play a little better defense they got a realistic shot at coming out the Western Conference to be sighs.
I’m going to challenge I was gonna say not the Warriors then because they lost Christmas to again so he’s really any warriors but the size – it’s like if you gotta be thinking I gotta beat the Lakers right I got it I gotta beat the Clippers how am I gonna do that okay I could shoot I could score a bunch great but inside when you look at what the Lakers are bringing to the table Capela fouls out and gets into trouble look harden Stein’s played great in his role I don’t want to play in 30 minutes stand I mean how you gonna do that no listen and I think the biggest problem if you really get they’ll say all the right things James Harden I think has been great with that and he’s been a good face of the franchise.
I think right now he’s got to be looking around with what the Clippers have and the Lakers have and saying you know what we don’t have enough here I think there’s a lack of belief in Houston not a lack of belief in their system or anything else just I think there’s a lack of belief in them having enough talent to get it done.
I mean look being fair if we’re being honest with our selves if he had those pieces do we know that then the game is gonna were just down to like LeBron could go score 60 points during especially the Davis for anything he wants I mean he knew we want to get more involved I got a fit cuz he’s looking at how am I gonna win a championship I need to trust that they trust themselves do we think if he had more that we’re gonna see more distributing in the basketball.
I don’t know why we would believe that that’s gonna change I just don’t think for me that’s watching them over the years realistically they don’t have a shot at winning a championship because they don’t invest their time on the defensive end of the floor enough you look at the rotations and there are so many breaks down son the second tier in the backline of the defense you’re sending everything to Capella and sometimes.
Tyson Chandler who’s along in the tooth when he comes out there you know and he’s battle-tested but however once Capella goes down to coach point who’s the other guy a huge drop-off and now you’re playing a small ball with no defender at the rim so I don’t think they have a realistic shot if they’re not hanging a hat on ad 4 they also I go back to like baseball the last of many scandals that I’ve covered but they win somebody said they miss remembered they might have missed remembered how good Eric Gordon is too
Because I understand he was out but you know look you want to say hey look we want him getting used to the sixth man again and paying a bit whatever the moment is that he starts doesn’t matter Low scores 30+ again tonight and he put a ton of minutes but Gordon is such a huge key piece because you have to defensively a great defender fear him because all right swing allowed to go to I don’t want to name a name and make anyone feel bad but Eric Gordon gonna hurt you if you let him do that and he hasn’t really been used the same way well but he was hurt for a good part of a year so that’s gonna take a little time.
I think to get him integrated back in I just I don’t see it I mean they would need to make a move and I can’t even tell you what that move is like I just don’t see them be into the level certainly of the LA teams but I think Utah Denver or better than them I think Dallas is better than them I think they’re the sixth-best team in the West and I don’t think coach to your point I don’t think a lot of people like really want to sign up to this run track no I don’t think you know people run and sprint the floor for opportunities and when you’re just being a spacer and it’s right in there and limited possessions like you’d like you to know what like yes not something.
I want to be your wide receiver on the army football team or like back like in like the 80s like okay well Payton’s gonna run the ball just kind of hangover here now Willie Gault was faster than anyone in the field we’d have to run very much and amole off yes all the time for those of you who remember when football was good on your row in Chicago there’s more coming up on game time we’ll continue to keep you posted on what is going on around the league including a closer look at the deadline do the Lakers really need anything.
So grab a little late and then this the inbound Redick for the tie no could Clippers get out on the road but again defensively Wow it’s meet you soon as sudden a Memphis got 140 on them the Orleans gets 130 of them I know PG not there but remember all those other guys who were there to play really good defense last I know they’ve weird on the year their defensive numbers have been good but they’ve had a couple of outlier games where they haven’t been really strong and if you don’t come with that.
This New Or leans team can really score had they made free throws tonight New Orleans would have gotten out of there with a win he has been perfect in every way playing basketball and he ripped his shirt like Hulk a mania now he’s on center court yet again I don’t see it I mean they would need to make a move and I can’t even tell you what that move is like I just don’t see them be into the level certainly of the LA teams but I think Utah and Denver or better than them I think Dallas is better than them.
I think they’re the sixth-best team in the West and I don’t think coach to your point I don’t think a lot of people like really want to sign up to this run track no I don’t think you know people run and sprint the floor for opportunities and when you’re just being a spacer and it’s right in there and limited possessions like you know what like yes you’re wide receiver on the army football team or like back like they in like the 80s like okay well Peyton’s gonna run the ball just kind of hangover here now Willie Gault was faster than anyone on the field.