Throughout the first 36 games of the 2021-22 NBA season, basketball fans and media member have been trying to figure out what's wrong with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Following a close loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night, LeBron James identified what the biggest issue for his team has been lately: turnovers.
“There’s a difference between careless turnovers and attack turnovers,” LeBron said, via ClutchPoints. “We gotta cut down on our careless turnovers — the ones that’s just unforced. We’re gonna have attack turnovers, which is OK. We have a lot of attackers and we understand that. But, the careless turnovers, where, literally, you just turn the ball over and there’s no pressure or there’s no reason for it, those are the ones that get us in trouble.”
The Lakers coughed up 18 turnovers in the 104-99 loss to Ja Morant and the Grizzlies on Thursday. James had five giveaways of his own, with his final one coming in the closing seconds of the game when trying to find a cutting Russell Westbrook.
“Looked like Russ was gonna go back door at one point, then he backed back out and I was already in the air,” James said. “I had slipped before on my drive, which kind of threw my rhythm off.”
Lakers acting coach David Fizdale, who's been filling in with Frank Vogel in league's health and safety protocols, echoed James' point about fourth-quarter turnovers. "The one thing I think probably hurt us the most down the stretch was the turnovers and the one more play, where [L.A. failed to execute] the easy play to make one more pass to the open man," Fizdale said. The Lakers rank 28th in the league in turnovers per game, averaging 15.9 per contest. Only the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets are worse when it comes to coughing up the basketball. The Lakers (17-19) will try to clean up their act back at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. [
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