Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was asked about the team’s recent shooting performances after suffering their second straight loss to start their 2022-2023 campaign. After last night’s 103-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, where the Lakers shot 9 of 29 from three-point range, James had the following statements to say post-game;

“I’m definitely not going to sit here and harp on what we can’t do every single game,” James said, per ESPN, when asked about his team’s shooting struggles. “That’s not a leader. What I know we can do? We can defend our a** off. We did that tonight, which gave us an opportunity to win, and we just couldn’t make it happen. But I’m OK with that.”

LeBron James going FULL STEAM AHEAD for the SLAM… that’s #MovementThatInspires! #KiaTipOff22 pic.twitter.com/kAYyyabwNB

— NBA (@NBA) October 21, 2022

This is all kind of ironic because, in this same game, James moved up to No. 10 in the NBA on the all-time made three-pointer list. A huge career accomplishment, no doubt, but even though it is another impressive milestone for James, 20 points on 7-17 shooting from the field in 37 minutes of action was not enough to help secure victory for the Lakers.

Another night, another milestone. @KingJames passes Paul Pierce to enter the top 10 of the all-time 3-point list. pic.twitter.com/Sk2Mb3oD7H

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 21, 2022

“If we’re reliant on [sufficient outside shooting] every single game, then we’re in trouble,” James said. “So I’m not worried about that or thinking about that. It’s how hard we play, how aggressive we play, how determined we are to go out and compete every night. And we got to defend. When we defend, we’re going to give ourselves a good chance to win.”

With just 2 out of 82 games played so far in the 2022-2023 NBA season, Lakers fans should remain optimistic. It is still early on in the season, and every team needs time to gel in the beginning. Team chemistry is something that cannot be built in just one, two, or even ten games. At the end of the day, James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Coach Darvin Ham, and company will figure everything out.

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