Lakers vs Blazers preview, start time, TV schedule and injury report

After losing the first two games of the season, it became clear that Lakers‘Screaming early The issue is shooting problems. Purple and Gold have tried exactly 85 three-pointers in the season so far, and have converted only 19 of those (22%) – by far. worst rate By any team (at least 60 attempts) in two games in NBA history.

In Thursday’s competition match against Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers primary guards Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly and Kendrick Noone combined rotated for 1 of 16 downtown (yikes!). Of the 45 three-pointers the team attempted to lose by six points to the Clippers, only nine succeeded through the net with permission from Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Lonnie Walker IV, Juan Toscano Anderson and Matt Ryan.

Look, I’ve discussed whether to include the team’s shot chart from the last two games here (out of respect for our own good), but it’s hard not to wonder how the Lakers did it Maybe beat the Clippers (again, at a loss of six points) and kept the game more competitive against the Warriors (at a loss of 14 points) on opening night had they They just made more shots around them.

Just look at the red X on both charts. according to Periodic tracking dataLA has had 43 wide open attempts in the last two games (with the closest defender positioned 6+ feet away from the shooter) and converted only 11 of them (25.6%).

Moreover, the team also try to 36 open three-pointers (when the defender was 4-6 feet away) and he dropped only six of those (16.7%). Basically, even if the Lakers are gaining wide-open attempts, they’re not taking advantage of it — and despite the early season of the season, it’s fair to ask if this was just an unfortunate early slump or a staff problem, or perhaps both.

Regardless, opposing teams will definitely notice the Lakers’ shooting problems in their poll report and will continue to dare them shoot as a form of strategy until it eventually becomes a threat. It just means it’s time for Nunn (who has abruptly fallen back since their brilliant pre-season), Westbrook, Austin Reeves, and the rest of the guys to start making their shots and contributing more to help James and Davis, who were solid So far the team has relentlessly endured in the previous two games.

However, the early start on Sunday against Portland Trail Blazers It is a crucial game for the Lakers, who need to do everything they can to win their first win of the season. It’s imperative that the team doesn’t get frustrated and frustrated early in the season, and the only way they can avoid that is by rewarding themselves with a W.

We saw some positives from the Lakes this early in the season such as their tough defense (hmm Currently ranked 6th best player in the league in the last two games), offensive operation, the ability to generate transitional baskets, and occasional pace control to name a few. But right now, their Achilles’ heel lies in their inability to tap into the ocean, which is what they need to beat the situation if they want to start winning matches, make up for their early losses, and get past the strict part of their schedule.

We’ll find out on Sunday if the Lakers can overcome their shooting struggles or if they will continue to chase them.

Notes and updates

  • Before we get to the injury report and some notable anecdotes from Sunday’s game, can we take a moment to appreciate the Lakers’ best Fastbreak game this season so far? Hopefully, this is a sign of many other highlights to come as the season progresses.
  • The Lakers will host the brave yet undefeated Blazers (2-0) to start the season. Damian Lillard appears to be back to his old self after sitting out most of last season due to injuries. The Blazers, who recently defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-111 in overtime, will test the Lakers’ defense, physicality, length and shooting. Look to Lillard’s backcourt teammate Anfernee Simmons to continue his impressive performance recently.
  • After being sidelined with a back injury since training camp, Troy Brown Jr It said Promoted to Sunday Match Probability. Anthony Davis, from hurt his back After the unfortunate fall in front of the Clippers last Thursday, He looks fine It is also listed as potential. Meanwhile, Dennis Schroeder (thumb) and Thomas Bryant (thumb) are staying out for the next two weeks.
  • On the Blazers side, Garry Payton II (belly) and Olivier Sarr (wrist) will not wear on Sunday.
  • Will I continue to mention LeBron James’ pursuit of passing fellow Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar into the NBA’s top scorers list in every preview I write this season? Maybe (or maybe not), we’ll see. But for now, just a quick update – James now only needs 1,274 extra points to get past Abdul-Jabbar, as of writing. You can check our tracker over here If you want to follow James’ next achievement throughout the season.
  • Zooming out throughout the league, two fun games to look out for on Sunday are the match between the Clippers and Suns as well as the battle of two undefeated teams, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz.

The Lakers and Blazers will leave at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday. The game will only be broadcast locally on Spectrum SportsNet.

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