The Los Angeles Lakers picked up another defeat on the road to the Wizards on Wednesday Night at the Capital One Arena. The final score at the end of regulation was 107-116.
The purple and gold have struggled to build consistency with all the injuries that have occurred during the season which has held the Lakers on reaching on their maximum potential. With just one win in their last five, the Lakers records stands at 36-26.
The look on Anthony Davis and LeBron James face during the last few seconds of the fourth quarter showed frustration and disappointment. In Davis’ fourth game back from injury, the purple and gold have only recorded 1 win. That victory came against the Magic on Monday night. Davis displayed an encouraging performance and was looking more like his dominant self, but lack of consistent contribution from the supporting cast, did not spear the Lakers to victory.
After the game, Davis expressed his thoughts on the loss. Mentioning how the tempo of the team’s play was a factor in why they came up short.
Davis stated, “We didn’t play with any pace. Just that we let it get away… Our defense was pretty poor and then coming out in the third quarter, kind of the same thing. I think our effort wasn’t there in the third quarter as well.”
Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook combined for 45 points. Westbrook yet again posted another triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists. The Wizards most prolific scorer this season, Bradley Beal chipped in 27 points.
Washington are pushing for a playoff spot this season and as of this moment they sit 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. They are holding on to the last play in spot. The Wizards have played brilliant basketball this month and have demonstrated a real sense of unity and commitment. A showing of fearless mentality, which sounds like everything Russell Westbrook would want from his ball club.
There is strong optimism that Lakers forward LeBron James will be nearing a return back to the hardwood. There are rumours suggesting he could be cleared for all basketball activity by early as next week.