Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Lessons from the loss to the Orlando Magic

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In one of the wildest games in the LeBron James era, the Los Angeles Lakers find their nine-game streak snapped. Lake Show Life breaks this wild game in Lake Show Life Lessons!

Let me tell you readers a secret. Most people hate writing up post game reports. They really do. You have to watch 48 minutes of basketball and then take your notes to put the report together. It’s time-consuming and tedious.

This game is nowhere near one of them. This is by far going to be the wildest post game report in Lake Show Life history. It was easily the wildest game since LeBron James put on a Lakers uniform and the crowd was rocking as if Kobe Bryant came back to score 60 points again.

The Los Angeles Lakers were without Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and for the most part Alex Caruso, who got knocked out by a Mo Bamba elbow. The Lake Show wasn’t going to get sympathy from the Orlando Magic, who were missing five players from their roster and suited up ten. But the players that got to play put on a show on both sides.

The Los Angeles Lakers furiously roared back from a 21-point deficit with two extended runs, but  the Orlando Magic survived the onslaught winning 119-118.  This broke quite a few streaks for the Lakers.

  1. The Los Angeles Lakers lost to a team under .500 for the first time this season.
  2. The nine-game win streak went by the boards spanning almost three weeks.
  3. The Los Angeles Lakers lost a game for the first time in the calendar year of 2020  going as far back as Christmas Day. 

If you didn’t watch the game and thought the Lakers looked past the Magic to their Saturday  showdown against the Houston Rockets, you’d be wrong. The Orlando Magic competed and shot the lights out. Combine that with a career night from Markelle Fultz (Kinda makes you wonder what Philly is doing with their point guards?), the Lakers just got beat by one of the other 29 professional teams in the NBA.

In other words, if you are a Lakers casual looking for someone to blame, this article is not for you.

The Los Angeles Lakers showed heart being shorthanded and got contributions from unlikely players who got hot to make the game close in the 4th quarter. But these plays right here will be discussed for the next two days on every major sports network. Book it.

Lake Show Life is not into making predictions on post game reports, but this play will be seen again on Thursday night on Shaqtin a Fool on TNT. Sure these missed dunks will provide laughs and revive the Washed King hashtag, but these plays did not lose the game for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NBA game is about matchups. Plain and simple. The Magic have athletic wings with a stretch 5 in Nikola Vucevic that gives the Lakers problems. At the end, JaVale McGee got caught out of position on numerous occasions and got burned seemingly every time. If there is a chink in the Lakers armor, this is it. Toronto got them earlier this season the same way.

This injury bug is starting to be a concern. It seems the Lakers can’t have a full roster at Frank Vogel’s disposal. They have two days to concentrate on some serious rehab before starting out on the extended “Grammys” road trip. The Lakers are going to need Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso against the Rockets.

Let’s get to a wild and crazy Lake Show Life Lessons!