Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James loses the ball and the game, 4 lessons

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Lake Show Life breaks down the Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers in a troublesome Lake Show Life Lessons.

The Los Angeles Lakers are officially in trouble as they lost their fourth straight game to the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas night. LeBron James lost the ball in the final seconds which is the least of his worries.

No one else will say it, so feel free for Lake Show Life to state what no Lakers fan wants to hear. The Los Angeles Lakers are in some trouble. After smartly beating down the bottom feeders of the NBA for the majority of the season, Murphy’s Law is starting to race the injury bug to bite the NBA title contenders in the butt.

Sure, the Lakers are sitting at the top of the Western Conference at 24-7, but there is one small issue. The Lakers haven’t won a game in about a week and haven’t beaten their Staples Center neighbors, LA Clippers, at all this season.

Everyone that watched this game should be thankful that this was a competitive basketball game between two title contenders on Christmas. To be honest, most of the games were bad as one team would show and the other did not. This game was exactly what the NBA needed and had to have. A showdown that went down to wire between the two L.A. teams.

This game featured two versions of Deja vu for the Lakers. The first version was how the Clippers rolled out the same scheme as opening night to slow the offense along with Frank Vogel’s inability to make adjustments. The second version was LeBron James, for the second straight Christmas game, walking out having groin issues.

One stupid foul from Danny Green and a stupid call against Anthony Davis down the stretch hurt badly, as the Lakers lost 111-106.

Patrick Beverley probably just put himself in the first team All-Defense on this play alone.

Like him or not, he gives LeBron James fits. He knocked the ball out of James’ hands that closed out any chance for the Lakers to tie the game and sent it to overtime.

Lakers fans are going to start floating the word trade around for the immediate future. Okay? So? Sure the roster showed the same flaws they’ve shown all year, and seriously need another ballhandler (Anybody given up on Rajon Rondo yet?) to ease the load on LeBron James. But the bottom line is they can’t.

Other media outlets will sugar coat this and tell you the Lakers came a lot closer to winning on Christmas than on opening night. Lake Show Life will tell you that the Clippers do not fear the Lakers. They out-executed the Lakers to the tune of a 17-5 run to end the game. The Lakers needed to win this game to send a message. It didn’t happen.

Let’s get to Lake Show Life Lessons.