Despite LeBron James having a good game, the Lakers' offense sputtered at the end of regulation
Orlando- The Los Angles Lakers could not find a way to stop the Indiana Pacers with under two minutes left in regulation and dropped another close game, 116-111.
The Lakers had all sorts of trouble guarding T.J. Warren. All night long, Warren was making sure that his name would be sketched in the minds of the Lakers as he scored from any angle on the court. On the defensive end, Warren made it hard for Anthony Davis to get going. Davis was held to 8 points in 35 minutes. LeBron James tried to carry the Lakers on his back, as he willed, sliced, and diced the Pacers' defense to get the Lakers' the lead with under two minutes left in regulation. However, Warren put the nail in the coffin, as he shot and made a 30ft jumper with.45 seconds in regulation to close the game out.
James had 31 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds. Outside of James, Quinn Cook was the only player that shot the ball well for the Lakers' second unit. Cook had 21 points. The Lakers are 2-4 in the bubble and have not found their chemistry collectively as a team. They have struggled to find any consistent player in the second unit to give them a spark off the bench. Kyle Kuzma disappeared against the Pacers and had 11 points. Kuzma was supposed to be that key player that can help the second unit out because he can score at will and knows what the Lakers need from him. However, that has not been the case. Kuzma has had up and down games and doesn't seem to be engaged in the game at times. If the Lakers want to go far in the playoffs, the second unit has to step up.