Lakers’ hard efforts aren’t enough as Celtics escape with overtime win

Dec 13, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) as he moves to the basket in the first half at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) as he moves to the basket in the first half at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

The Los Angeles Lakers returned home after splitting a six-game road trip to play their longtime rivals, the Boston Celtics. The debate surrounding the Lake Show Life website comment section these days surrounds the up-and-down production of LeBron James, who we thought the Los Angeles Lakers needed consistently to make the playoffs.

Well, $97.1 million dollars over two years that may get extended to $110 million or more on his next deal doesn’t add up to wins according to long-time reader Dave Higgins…

Dave Higgins:

"So far the Lakers have 5 wins against the teams leading the Wembanyama Sweepstakes and 6 against anyone trying to win. If they can petition the NBA front office to only play tanking teams they might be 500. Stop harping on Methuselah and admit the team isn’t very good with or without him. They’re a 2D cartoon lacking depth.Last year it was all LeBron’s fault because he wanted Russ. Now Russ is playing well and it’s still all LeBron’s fault because he’s old and they’re not winning. Good Lord when will this nonsense stop!"

Sadly the ship sailed when the staff of Lake Show Life stated that this team had a snowball’s chance in hades with the heat turned on to make any championship run. Now we are wondering if LeBron James can impose his will against any team that is not as Dave Higgins says…

Leading the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.

The Boston Celtics are not in the sweepstakes with the NBA’s best record. They have the front-runner for MVP in Jayson Tatum and two straight beatdowns to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers to sharpen their focus.

In one of the wildest comebacks in franchise history considering the team and circumstances, the Lakers finally fell 122-118 to the Celtics on Tuesday night. In the first half, it wasn’t close, but the Lake Show battled hard after halftime up until the last four minutes of regulation demonstrating dominance of epic proportions.

But in the end, the reason the Lakers lost is as Dave Higgins so eloquently predicted…

"…but if Boston wins Agers will blame LeBron."

Let’s see, shall we?

The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:

Anthony Davis had a strong first quarter…THANK GOD!

Anthony Davis had better just relax and enjoy this run because most human beings don’t get this hot, much less NBA players. He started the game on a roll with 13 points in the first quarter. He is flat-out balling.

Why is the thank God in the headline? The Lakers as a team scored 24. The way things were going offensively, the Lake Show would have lost by 50 if not for this cat!

AD finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists. When he turned up the defense, Boston couldn’t score in the second half!

However, for the second time in three games, AD’s missed free throws late cost the Lakers in the win column. One free throw would have beaten the Sixers and two in this one would have put away Boston.

LeBron James got his highlight and nightly reminder that he is in his 20th year!

The Lakers did not give up in the second half…

Reason number 546,006 as to why Darvin Ham was the perfect coach to replace Frank Vogel. The Lakers were getting rolled on in the first half to the tune that Charles Barkley is starting to bring up a good point at the TNT studios…

Well, the Lakers gave everyone a reason to keep their names in basketball conversations with a 17-4 run to make it a game to go into the fourth quarter. Then it ballooned to a 27-4 run to take the lead.

The bad from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:

The MVP showed up!

The Los Angeles Lakers had absolutely no answer for Jayson Tatum. He put the dog on the Lake Show!

He finished with 44 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Lakers had cheat codes for the rest of his teammates though. How many traveling calls were the Celtics forced into?

The Los Angeles Lakers blew another double-digit lead late!

The Lakers were up 106-93 before giving up a 12-0 run let things go into overtime. Extend that to 29-8 over the final minutes and overtime and that was the game folks!

Win, lose or draw. the Los Angeles Lakers had the arena rocking! Why nitpick with anything else? They played hard and didn’t quit.

The story from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:

LeBron James made a difference against a team that matters!

These post-game reports have nothing against LeBron James. It is a philosophical belief that the man should play hard on both ends of the floor against some real competition.

LeBron James finished with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. He looked like a superstar and not an aging propaganda debate in the comment section. Why he didn’t run the same play of drive and kick to Austin Reaves in the corner that worked in Detroit is a mystery instead of his Harlem Globetrotters routine into a step back 3 will be a discussion for another day,

This Russell Westbrook situation will define the season for the Los Angeles Lakers!

The staff of Lake Show Life has long since stated that the Lakers need Russell Westbrook more than he needs the Lakers. They gave up their future for him and he’s gone after the season.

But for here and now…Russ’ shooting from the outside will have Darvin Ham up at night!

Here’s the scenario…

Bottom line, the Lakers get blown out if Russ is not in the game wreaking havoc on defense and pushing the pace. Plus he is always dedicated to getting AD involved in the pick and roll. This play right here nearly had the roof blown off the arena!

He finished with 20 points, an absurd 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks! This is production coming off the bench folks!

Unlike the Indiana game, Darvin Ham kept him in the game and Russ actually scored the first 4 points of OT. However…

Boston left him wide open in OT at the 3-point line pitching tents in the paint around Anthony Davis. He couldn’t hit the big shot when needed. Finally…

Austin Reaves…

Call Alex Caruso on the line and get some advice or just take Lake Show Life’s and run when the season is over!!!!!