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Darvin Ham has excessive hopes for Lakers submit All-Star break

Darvin Ham said the struggling Lakers’ top goal is to grab a playoff spot

Darvin Ham mentioned the struggling Lakers’ high purpose is to seize a playoff spot
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The Los Angeles Lakers are coming into a vital time of their schedule after the All-Star break. With simply 23 video games remaining within the common season, the Lakers are 5 video games underneath .500 (27-32) and have a seven-game stretch the place they’ll play all Western Conference foes, beginning with the Golden State Warriors, Thursday night time. First-year head coach Darvin Ham spoke on Wednesday in regards to the staff’s purpose and what they’re striving for on this stretch run.

“Yeah, the purpose is for us to return out and attempt to be the very best model of ourselves every recreation, however positively, if we are able to go and safe a spot, that’s our purpose proper there,” Ham said. “If we fall right into a play-in scenario, so be it. However our No. 1 purpose is to go safe a spot [and] not simply throw video games off right here or there [and] simply want for a play-in. We need to go safe a spot.”

Over the following seven video games, L.A. will play Golden State twice, Dallas, Memphis twice, Oklahoma Metropolis, and Minnesota. All these groups are at present forward of the Lakers within the standings. Proper now, Los Angeles is two video games out of the final play-in spot occupied by the Thunder. The Lakers and Thunder sq. off on March 1 in OKC, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is in search of some payback on LeBron James after he blocked his dunk try within the All-Star recreation.

It’s good to listen to Ham preserve it actual in his expectation for this Lakers squad, however placing this plan into movement is far simpler mentioned than finished. James has performed in a single recreation since setting the brand new all-time scoring record over two weeks in the past. It’s humorous how he participated in that recreation simply earlier than the All-Star break towards New Orleans. When you purchase this damage ankle crap, extra energy to you. Nevertheless it clearly wasn’t dangerous sufficient that he couldn’t have performed in these video games instantly following his passing of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar within the document books.

Want greater than LeBron

At this level, Ham can’t depend on LeBron to play each recreation, whether or not injured or not, and we’ve by no means actually been capable of depend on the well being of Anthony Davis. All of the commerce deadline strikes on this planet gained’t quantity to something with out these two within the lineup. Bringing D’Angelo Russell back to L.A. will assist so long as there aren’t any digicam telephones round him within the locker room. The addition of Russell is a pleasant pickup and creates a terrific third possibility who knocks down open pictures. However with out Bron and AD on the ground persistently, the chances of the Lakers making a playoff push are slim.

In fact, each staff wish to keep away from the one-game situation of the play-in, however realistically that is the very best wager for LA. James continues to be nice when he’s on the market however wants extra assist than ever earlier than, and rightfully so. It’s robust although when the primary man tasked with serving to hardly ever performs. The chances of the Lakers successful sufficient video games to leap into the highest six within the west are about nearly as good as Stephen A. Smith not saying one thing egregious the following time he’s on air. Or SAS being invited to a Rihanna fan social gathering. It’s not taking place.

Los Angeles must win not less than 5 of the following seven video games to make up any vital floor within the standings. Their stars must play. This staff isn’t deep sufficient to overlook both star for a substantial period of time, as we’ve seen since they gained the bubble championship in 2020. Good luck, Lakers. You’re actually going to want it. 



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