LeBron James led Lakers fell to a disappointing 86 – 105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder after continuing to disappoint from the 3point range. Lakers had a 13% success rate from the 3 point range and have struggled immensely in the NBA bubble since the restart.
Anthony Davis, who scored 42 points last game struggled throughout the game and finished with 9 points. MVP candidate LeBron James and Anthony Davis had a success rate of 33% from the 3 point line and weren’t aided by their teammates on a disappointing night.
The Thunder without the likes of Dennis Schroder had a slightly better accuracy from the 3 point range compared to their opponents. Chris Paul top-scored for the Thunder with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. OKC now is tied with the Houston Rockets for the 5th seed in the Western Conference.
Lakers putting up their lowest score of the season is cause for concern despite confirming top seed in the Western Conference as they’ve consistently dropped well below their shooting average this season.
”We’re building habits, and every time we’re out there we have a chance to build and find rhythms,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel.
— NBA (@NBA) August 6, 2020
Meanwhile, President Trump‘s comments on profession athletes kneeling during the national anthem haven’t been received well by the sporting world. Trump has admitted that the sight of players kneeling causes him to “turn off the game.”
LeBron James responds to POTUS
Lakers’ star LeBron James replied following the Lakers’ loss to the Thunder saying that the basketball community aren’t sad about losing the President’s viewership.
“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game and that’s all I got to say.”
“I think our game is in a beautiful position and we have fans all over the world and our fans not only love the way we play the game, we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game. But also respect what else we try to bring to the game and acknowledge it — what’s right and what’s wrong,” LeBron James said.
“And I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the colour, no matter the size, will see what leadership that we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans. If we continue to talk about, ‘We want better, we want to change,’ we have an opportunity to do that.”
LA Clippers coach, Doc Rivers supported LeBron James’ stance saying that losing one guy is inconsequential as long as justice is on their side.
Trump’s comments have received a lot of backlash from the media and players and indicated that ratings have decreased due to the kneeling before the national anthem.
Statistically, the NBA restart averaged 1.86 million viewers, which was a 14% jump since March, contrary to President Trump’s statement.
The Lakers will be hoping to return to winning ways vs the Houston Rockets, after already suffering 2 losses in the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Other NBA Results of the Day :
Utah Jazz 124 – 115 Memphis Grizzlies
Washington Wizards 98 – 107 Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs 126 – 132 Denver Nuggets
Orlando Magic 99 – 109 Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics 149 – 115 Brooklyn Nets