Averaging 24+13+13, the lakers should let Westbrook play the ball and James give it away

2022-05-17 0 By

The lakers will miss at least four weeks because of another injury, adding to their already shaky situation.If the injury doesn’t work out, Bryant could be out for the regular season.The lakers are currently ninth in the Western Conference with a 27-31 record, but it’s almost impossible for them to hold on to that position given the pace of the trail Blazers behind them.Most importantly, will the lakers be satisfied with holding on to ninth place in the Western Conference?Under play-off rules, no. 9 in the Western Conference needs to win two games in a row to clinch a playoff spot, with the second game on the road.The lakers have a very good chance of missing the playoffs if they finish ninth in the West.If the lakers have anything to look forward to this season, they’ll have to contend for eighth place in the Western Conference.Commentator Kendrick Perkins said on a show that the lakers need Westbrook to step up: “He’s got to step up now. It’s a good time to shut up the haters.”Westbrook hasn’t been able to adapt to the lakers’ system since moving from the Wizards to the Purple and Gold this season.The combined 375 minutes haven’t been great this season, as the team has a net loss of 3.3 points per 100 possessions when Timberline, James and Westbrook are on the court, but has a net win of 4.2 points per 100 possessions when Timberline is replaced by Anthony.But the lakers are not only injured, Anthony has suffered a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for several games.The good news is that carmelo will have the rest of the all-star break, and after the break, the injury should be more or less healed.It’s true westbrook hasn’t been in great shape this season, but his attendance has been great.In 57 games with the lakers, he averaged 18.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists, a significant drop from his 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists with the Wizards last season.Since November, Westbrook’s numbers have been declining every month. By February, he was averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.With the Purple and Gold on the brink again, Westbrook may have to burn his Bridges to make the playoffs and possibly not even make the play-offs.The lakers can only hope westbrook will explode after the All-Star break, as he did with the Wizards last season.He averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.8 assists before the All-Star break, but has since increased his numbers to 23.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 13.1 assists, and it was his revival that helped the Wizards reach the play-offs and clinched a playoff berth.Can westbrook have the same post-All-Star breakout with the Lakers as he did with the Wizards?Of course, for Westbrook to make a comeback, James might need to concede.If James had the ball, westbrook wouldn’t have come back.The only way westbrook can explode is by letting him do it all.It’s true westbrook has a limited ceiling, but the lakers don’t have to worry about that anymore.If you don’t make the playoffs, forget the ceiling.Get a playoff ticket first, then worry about the ceiling.And if Westbrook can shine the rest of the season, it will be easier to trade in the offseason.At the same time, James can play less hard by giving up the ball.It’s also a protection for James, given his age.What if, some fans might ask, Westbrook does all the work and he still doesn’t break out?Simply, if that doesn’t work, the lakers can skip this season and get ready for next.