ATLANTA – The Los Angeles Lakers hobbled on Tuesday in the All-Star break and dropped below 500 for the first time since November 7, after losing 117-113 in Atlanta Hawks.
At 28-29, The Lakers are 2.5 games behind the Sacramento Kings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. For James, the most recent in a season is that his team has reached a record under 500 since the Cleveland Cavaliers finished his rookie season 35-47 in 2003-04.
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"This is a serious loss for us," James said. "We did not have a consistent game from all facets of the game, offensively and defensively, we created a lot of coverage for the start of the game, and in the third quarter, we got plenty of coverage again, it was always uphill as we have been lately must be much better. "
LA The Hawks, who are now 19 games under .500, were able to score 65 points in the first half and even lost ten points. Tuesday saw a loss after the Lakers had conceded 76 points in a first half to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half, a possible 143-120 defeat on Sunday.
Point Rondo Rondo also pointed to the defensive efforts of the Lakers and said they must "collectively try to find a way to find a hold."
Many points the last but many games – eight to ten games – and it was just a shootout, and we have not won many of the shootings, "said Rondo," So we have to find a way to achieve a different dynamic to defensively make stops. "
Lakers coach Luke Walton said he wants his team to use the break to mentally and physically back out and get serious When they come back, they'll have to retake the season.  "When you come back with the idea, we try to do something special," Walton said, "Let's sacrifice, let's go out and give it to the team. That's why I asked the guys to be quiet a little over the weekend. I know that everyone has family and events, but spend some time alone And like I said, I think we have a group that will be ready when we come back. "
James will be leaving the country for a short vacation, sources told ESPN before going to Charlotte to play in his 15th straight all-star game, team captain LeBron vs. Team Giannis.
"You have to decompress and get out of the game a little," he said. "These guys will have a lot more time than me, obviously, I'll be back in two days, but just get fresh, understand your mind, fix your body, come back with the idea that we're doing the playoffs. "
Kyle Kuzma will join MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars on Friday and the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday. Lonzo Ball was also selected to play for Team US in the Rising Stars game, but is eliminated with a sprained ankle.
"We just have to have fun," Kuzma said. "We just had to remember why we started this game, play for fun, not business and not too much stress on the court, I think the All-Star Break will be really good for us All in all, if you get a game, tee off with everyone and recharge to recharge your batteries. "
Tuesday was the Lakers' third loss in the last 19 games against one of the league's livestock dwellers another defeat of Cleveland between 12 and 45 led Cavaliers and 10-45 New York Knicks.
James was asked if his team had the right sense of urgency every night.
"Just a little sense of urgency of each game, how important each game is, if the guys have never played it before I played a playoff run, so you can not teach them, but it is very important to understand how important each game is, no matter who is played and where you are, "he said.
James was asked if some players mentally checked out during the break.
"That's a possibility," he said.
Everything was not lost. James made the rounds in the locker room and wished his teammates plenty of time before ducking to a distant destination with a couple of bottles of wine in tow.
"It's time for us to think a little bit about where we are a group," said Walton. "I think in this first part of the season we've been through a lot of adversity as a group and, you know, we're probably not where we want to be, but we're still close enough, so we made it a challenge When we come back to All-Star, we have a lot of work to do, but I think we have a group ready for this challenge, and we look forward to attacking it when we come back to it.
Rondo remained firm in his belief in his team.
"I'm not affected at all," he said.
And James' last line of 28 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds to notchounds The 78th triple-double of his career, which linked him to fifth-most of all time with Wilt Chamberlain, was quickly forgotten.
"We lost the ballgame at the end of the day," James said. "I do not care what I did individually, I could not care less if I did not win any ball games, that's what I'm all about, so I can throw the game in the trash."