We’re only four games into the season, but three early trends have emerged for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The first week of the season is in the bag, and the Los Angeles Lakers stand at 2-2.
The Lakers lost on opening night to a Clippers squad that was stewing in a thick broth of anger during the offseason over the way they let a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 playoffs slip through their fingers. Concurrently, the Lakers were more worried about how their new championship rings looked on their fingers than playing winning basketball.
The Dallas Mavericks came to Staples on Christmas Day minus their 7’3″ unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis, and the Lakers stomped them by close to 30 points.
Next, the Lakers faced the Minnesota Timberwolves without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, and the Purple and Gold blew them out.
Finally, the Lakers faced Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and the rest of the Trail Blazers without their best wing defender, Alex Caruso, and lost. Fans outside of LA don’t understand Caruso’s importance. Folks in Hollywood know how easily he can shut down a high-level perimeter player like Lillard or McCollum and swing a game in favor of the Lakers.
We can take the Lakers wins and losses during this strange regular season restart with a grain of salt. However, three intriguing trends have popped up during the Purple and Gold’s first four contests.
Next, we’ll determine whether the Lakers’ new tendencies are real or an early-season illusion.