LOS ANGELES – If it looks as though LeBron James has taken on a disproportionate part of the load for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, it's because he did. The four-time MVP admitted after beating the Indiana Pacers 104-96 on Thursday that he had to strike the right balance between launching the attack and taking over his teammates.
Magic Johnson reiterated that the Lakers continue to be lighter The burden of LeBron James compared to its use in Cleveland.
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That's exactly what he did. He checked in with 7 minutes and 28 seconds in the fourth quarter. The Lakers clung to the top with four points, having already scored 24 points in the first half. James took the lead with 12 points, but LA pushed the lead back into double digits and secured the win by improving to 12-9 with two games.
Watching James play a game is nothing new, but earlier that day, Lakers president of basketball operations said, Magic Johnson, LA was trying to handle his star unlike the Cleveland Cavaliers last year.
"We try to make sure that we look at his logs, but also that." We're not going through it all because it's Cleveland again and we do not want that, "Johnson said in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio." We want to go up and down. "
On Thursday, James led the Lakers point guards in both Assists (6.7 per game) and touches (79.3 per game) according to data collected by Second Spectrum Rajond Rondo finished second with 6.5 assists and 60.8 touches, and Lonzo Ball finished third with 4.5 assists and 53.5 touches.
James admitted that he felt he had less responsibility for acting when he was thinking about the upcoming season after coming to the Lakers as a free agent this summer.
"I thought I would not have the ball in my hand so well, if I knew that we are using Zo and & # 39; Do & # 39; have several ball dealers in our team. "BI [ Brandon Ingram] Lance [Stephenson] Kuz [Kyle Kuzma] too.These guys also have the ability to do plays, but I'm always available when we need to make a game." [It] is a challenge for me and is an adaptation for me. It's all it takes to try to make our ball club as great as we can at the end of the season and get better every day , "
James has a 30.8 utilization rate, which puts him in eighth place in the league, in 34.97 minutes per game, which would be a career low, according to NBA Advanced Stats, who joined James last season the Cleveland Cavaliers – the usage rate was 30.8 – identical while playing 36.9 minutes per game.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said it was all about finding the right time for James to go full throttle without that Feeling like doing so for the entire 48 minutes.
"He'll always have a big responsibility because he's so good," Walton said, "and we'll keep trying to get other players playing, and me think, we do that and there are times in the game where you are LeBron James or the one who is the best player in the team. "They will take control, and he knows when those times are, and he's good at it Now we have to continue to improve, better at the other times when we only Bas play ketball. And I thought we did that tonight and he did his thing for the fourth quarter, but we keep growing where it's not always him. "