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“It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere for us” Russell Westbrook cheers on Lakers duel with fellow play-in hopefuls Pelicans » FirstSportz

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

The Los Angeles Lakers are entering the play-in tournament this season, and many didn’t expect that at the start of the season. There are various reasons why the Lakers don’t live up to the hype, ranging from a very unconventional pairing of players to injuries and a lack of systematics. The team has won three of their last ten games, which is a better result than losing ten games in a row.

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lakers

The LA Lakers are currently 9thth in a strong Western Conference with a record of 31 wins and 42 losses. At the moment they are losing to the Philadelphia 76ers and only play with eight players throughout the game. LeBron James was out with a knee injury. Although both teams were nearly neck-and-neck, turnover was the main reason the Sixers clinched a win.

Game Recap Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

Starting with throwing stats, the Lakers had equal or more than the Sixers at 51.5% from the field, 36.7% from the three-point line, and 62.5% from the free throw line. The Sixers shot 51.6% from the field and made 47 on their combined 91 attempts from the field, including 10 three-pointers and 22 free throws on 28 attempts. Both teams were almost similar defensively, trailing only one or two tries in rebounds, blocks, and steals. Had the Lakers turned the ball less, they would have had a chance to beat the Sixers by up to five points as well.

In that game, eight of all players on the court scored 20 or more points. Russell Westbrook and Dwight Howard had an evenly split total of 48 points. Westbrook had 9 rebounds and 8 assists on 50% shooting. Carmelo Anthony finished the game with 20 points and 7 rebounds with a couple of valuable three-pointers during the game. Joel Embiid led the Sixers to their 45th seasonth Season win with 30 points, 10 rebounds with pennies. James Harden had 24 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds and shot 7 of 18 from the field. Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey combined for 41 points.

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to play playoff-level basketball in their upcoming games, says Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

One of the biggest questions of the season is whether the Lakers will survive the play-ins to advance to the playoffs and make it past the first round. With only nine games to go before we get the answers, the players in purple and gold are hoping to keep up their rhythm. Before the Lakers suffered a loss, they were on a two-game winning streak with LeBron on the list.

According to Westbrook, the reason the Lakers are winning better is because each player feels more comfortable and aware of their roles, resulting in a system they’ve been looking for all season. Commenting on the upcoming game against the New Orleans Pelicans, he said: “It will be a kind of playoff atmosphere for us. It’s definitely a must-win for our group.” The Pelicans and Lakers are both battling for a play-in spot on the board as Nola is just a game behind the Lakers. If the Pelicans win, they’ll be pushed over the Lakers for 9th Location.

Also read: “Steve Kerr, I’m throwing this out now.” Draymond Green claims to personally watch LeBron James break the goal record, even if the Warriors play on the same day

Also read: ‘No Loss of Fraternity’: James Harden and Russell Westbrook Show Best Sportsmanship in Lakers vs. 76ers Clash

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