3. The Lakers have the injury bug hanging over their heads
Unfortunately, this is something that the Los Angeles Lakers cannot really control. It is the reality of the situation based on the star players that the franchise decided to hitch their wagon to.
LeBron James is still playing at an elite level at 38 years old but the thing that has really regressed is his health. The absolute max for LeBron seems to be 50 games in a season and now, the Lakers just have to hope that he can come back for the playoffs.
Then you have Anthony Davis, who is at risk to get injured in every single game he has played. Davis played just half of the season in each of the last two years and this season is on pace to play around 60-65% of the total games.
While the Lakers cannot outright control bad injury luck, there is a way to mitigate it and it is by doing what they are already doing. It might be frustrating to fans who have to watch the team lose to the Rockets, but sitting Anthony Davis in the second leg of a back-to-back is absolutely the right move.
They have to be cautious and hope that the supporting cast is now good enough to get the team into the dance. If the Lakers try forcing the situation with either of their star players then it is only going to result in bad things.
Remember when the team tried forcing the issue with Anthony Davis in the 2021 NBA Playoffs and he instantly got hurt again? That should have been a learning moment for LA.