Last night, LeBron James missed a game through suspension for the first time in his 19-year career, a six-point loss to the Knicks.
Nobody’s panicking yet, but the Lakers are 4-7 in their 11 games without LeBron, and Anthony Davis is 9-14 without him.
The Lakers splurged this offseason, trading integral role players Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for Russell Westbrook, LA’s highest-paid player ($44.2M this season).
But even without James, a team led by Westbrook and Davis shouldn’t rank in the bottom 10 in nearly every statistical category.
With the next four games against teams below .500 and LeBron returning tonight, there’s a good chance the Lakers find some much-needed momentum to climb out of the 9-seed.