Lakers-Heat recap: Lakers offensive struggle continues in third loss in four games

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Erik García Gundersen
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The Los Angeles Lakers are in a place they’ve rarely been over the last two seasons as they lost yet another home game and their third loss in the last four games, 96-94, against the Miami Heat. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers in scoring on Satruday night while LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

James struggled from the field, particularly from the 3-point line, going 1 for 8 from the 3-point line. The Heat deserve credit for their defense on LeBron all night, particularly on the final possession of the game when they double-teamed James and forced him to pass the ball to Alex Caruso for a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Caruso missed and the Heat escaped with a win after LeBron nearly stole the game from them.

The Lakers had a four-game losing streak last season before the NBA Bubble. While they would need to lose two more games in a row to match that, the way they’ve played offensively and the pieces they are missing don’t inspire much confidence. No matter what LeBron can do.

Lakers miss Schröder (and AD) again

The Lakers will have to get used to life without Anthony Davis for about a month but they will also have to adjust to life without Dennis Schröder for at least a week. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported just before Saturday's game that Schröder is in a seven-day quarantine after testing negative for the coronavirus. He's been put in quarantine in accordance with the NBA's health and safety protocols. That week can't end soon enough as the Lakers offense was totally inept for the second straight game. Schröder's value goes beyond his raw numbers. Even before Anthony Davis got hurt, Schröder's ability to run the offense and create allowed LeBron to conserve his energy. Now LeBron's minutes are even more taxing than they were before and he's being forced to play more minutes due to the injuries. The Lakers shot below 40% from the field and below 30% from the 3-point line on Saturday night. While James himself won't blink at playing 37 minutes, his efficiency in tonight's game and the Lakers offensive struggles as of the last two games are fair concerns for even the most optimistic Lakers/LeBron fan.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
LA Lakers
+135+3O 227.5
Sacramento
-162-3U 227.5