The Los Angeles Lakers opened up the 2022-23 NBA season with a 123-109 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Tuesday evening.
The Lakers shot simply 43% from the ground (40-for-93), however went a putrid 10-for-40 from three-point land within the loss.
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That kind of taking pictures in opposition to the Warriors won’t ever fly, however LeBron James thinks these numbers could also be replicated most of the time in southern California.
“To be fully trustworthy, we’re not a group that is constructed of nice taking pictures,” James mentioned after the loss. “That is simply the reality of the matter. It’s not like we’re sitting right here with plenty of lasers on our group.”
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James added that if the Lakers have a great look, they need to take it, however “we’re not sitting right here with a bunch of 40-plus (%) profession taking pictures guys.”
Final 12 months, the Lakers ranked eighth within the NBA with a 46.9 group area objective share, however their 34.7 share from deep was the eighth-worst. They missed the playoffs a 12 months faraway from the play-in match — the 12 months prior, they gained the NBA Championship within the Florida bubble.
James went 3-for-10 from behind the arc, whereas Kendrick Nunn went 3-for-6 off the bench. The remainder of the group mixed to make simply three of the remaining 24 three-pointers.
Newcomers Patrick Beverley and Lonnie Walker IV mixed for simply eight factors. James scored 31, whereas Anthony Davis dropped 27. Russell Westbrook added 19.
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The Lakers will face their in-arena rival Clippers on Thursday evening.