LeBron James questions Lakers’ inconsistency after double-digit loss to Hawks

The Lakers were handed their second double-digit loss this season

By Web Desk
January 31, 2024
LeBron James stands in disappointment during the match against the Atlanta Hawks. — AFP

Los Angeles Lakers suffered a thumping double-digit 138-122 loss to Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and star player LeBron James wasn’t happy with his side’s inconsistency.

The Lakers were handed their second double-digit loss this season as the Hawks seized the game and completely dominated their opponents to record a crucial win.

James wasn’t happy with the way the Lakers are performing this season. The 38-year-old star stated while demanding consistency that they could beat as well as lose to anyone.

“We could on any given night beat any team in the NBA. And then, on any given night, we could get our a** kicked,” James said.

“You’ve got to have more communication through the course of the possession, because you’re gonna have a little slippage,” James said. “When A.D. is out there, he protects us on that third line of defense. When he’s not out there, there has to be constant communication.”

Stepping on the court without Anthony Davis and playing just 24 hours earlier in Houston, Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks knew the Lakers wouldn’t be at their best and they took full advantage of that.

Young scored 26 points, converting his first six attempts from 3-point range as the Hawks cruised past the Lakers with a 16-point lead.

“We knew they played last night, so we knew we needed to get up and down and run, play in transition and play fast,” Young said. “We knew as the game would go on, they would tire down. That’s what they did.

“We were making shots. Sometimes when you don’t make shots, it allows them to stay in the game, have a rhythm, feel good about themselves. But nights like tonight, when you make shots, they can’t have that feeling.”

The Lakers will now take on Boston Celtics on Thursday night at the TD Garden where they would look to recover from today's loss.