Sitting at 9-6 and winning their group in the NBA In-Season Tournament, the Lakers have been doing what you want teams to accomplish this early into the season. Win games while working through injuries and rotation fixes.
One aspect that hasn’t ever looked great for Los Angeles is their three-point shooting.
Sure, they had that historic franchise-tying three-pointer game, but there have been more negative moments from beyond the arch this season than positive ones.
Against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, L.A. had one of their better showings from three, going 11-29 from deep, good for a 37.9% shooting night.
After the game, LeBron James spoke with the media about his belief that consistent improvement from three-point land will eventually come.
“Listen, we’re getting – I don’t know what the numbers are – as far as our ability to create good looks, we’re probably right up there,” James said postgame. “We’re going to continue to trust our mechanics, trust our work that we put in and go up and knock them down. I feel like the law of averages will turn at some point for us. We’re getting some great looks and guys are getting good looks at rim.”
Every opportunity head coach Darvin Ham has had to discuss shooting he has reiterated the same thing. That’s not a major concern, the team is getting the looks they want and a satisfactory improvement is inevitable if they trust the process and keep shooting shots.
It’s good that Ham and James see eye to eye on this topic.
Having your most important players and your coach working in tandem can keep the team moving in the same direction and instill confidence and belief that this system is the best option. Maintaining buy-in is the best way for things to eventually start trending in the right direction.
Tuesday’s shooting performance is a prime example of that. You don’t need the Lakers to be a top-shooting team to be successful. They are already winning games despite this weakness. You just need them to be effective enough that teams must respect it and the floor can stay spaced out. Shooting 37% gets that done.
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