LeBron concerned by Lakers’ struggles

LeBron James

LeBron James conceded “I don’t have answers” after his Los Angeles Lakers team were booed off court by their own fans following Sunday’s 123-95 defeat to New Orleans Pelicans at the Crypto.com Arena.

It was another night to forget for the Lakers (33/1 – to win NBA Championship), who lost for the sixth time in eight games, a run that leaves them ninth in the Western Conference standings and in danger of missing out on the post-season less than two years after they were crowned NBA champions for the 17th time.

James did his best to keep his team competitive during Sunday’s contest, registering a game-high 32 points, but the 37-year-old – who has also had to deny he is seeking a move away from the Lakers – was at a loss regarding their recent struggles, although he feels one win could get them going in the right direction.

“I don’t have answers for tonight,” the All-Star admitted to reporters. “It all starts with a win. You learn from that win, the things you did well and what you didn’t do well.”

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The Lakers are back in action, in front of a no doubt frosty home crowd, when they welcome Dallas Mavericks to the Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday.

Dallas head into that game buoyed by their shock 107-101 win over Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Luka Doncic scored a game-high 34 points for the Mavericks, who wiped out a 19-point deficit during the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, James Harden continued his impressive start to life with the Philadelphia 76ers, as he posted a a triple-double in his team’s 125-109 victory over New York Knicks, while another of Sunday’s notable results saw Detroit Pistons claim a 127-126 overtime success over Charlotte Hornets.

Monday’s overnight action is highlighted by the top two in the Eastern Conference going head-to-head, with leaders Miami Heat welcoming Chicago Bulls to the FTX Arena (Heat 8/13, Bulls 13/10 – Money Line).

Brooklyn Nets will be aiming to sign off from a difficult February with a victory in one of the night’s other eye-catching contests against Toronto Raptors (Nets 5/4, Raptors 4/6 – Money Line), while the reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks have home-court advantage for their clash with Charlotte Hornets (Bucks 1/6, Hornets 4/1 – Money Line).

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