The Los Angeles Lakers’ plan of reducing minutes for LeBron James is off to a great start!
When Kyle Kuzma gets off to a good start, it allows LeBron James to set the table and keep the offense rolling along. LeBron James finished his light night of 26 minutes with 18 points (6-13 shooting!), 9 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Since the game was a virtual blowout from the Kuzma explosion, James was allowed to coast along.
While the Timberwolves either turned the ball over or threw up bricks, it allowed LeBron to run the fast break with ease. The Lakers was shooting nearly 80 percent from the field in the second quarter.
The only problem with LeBron in this game was for the second time in three games he turned his ankle just before halftime. It wasn’t serious enough for him to leave the game as he played through the third quarter.
Lake Show Life mentioned LeBron’s tendencies to take long 3 point shots. He didn’t shoot those very well only hitting one in five tries. But after he turned his ankle, he seemed irritable about the extra physicality and started looking to post up and cutting to the basket like the rest of his teammates.
Hopefully, his ankle problems do not continue. One high ankle sprain or a chronic sore ankle could be a issue down the road.
LeBron James is averaging a career low in minutes this season. Now that he is about to turn 36 this week, the back to back blowouts is ideal for James. Read on to see how one of his teammates who turns 36 next month made things easy not only for LeBron but for everybody in a Lakers uniform.