LeBron’s first game as an L.A. Laker was all offense. Both teams reached the triple digits with Portland coming out on top 128-119. It was an interesting competition against Portland, with each team showing their strengths and weaknesses in different ways.
The other issue the Lakers may have is being undersized. This too proved to be a problem for them in the season opener. They were outrebounded by Portland 54-46. And what makes it worse is that many of those rebounds turned into second-chance points. The Lakers only had 10 second-chance points to Portland’s 21.
The area that the Lakers really looked in was on the break. They outscored Portland 34-12 in fast break points. Their transition game is arguably what kept them in the game. Well, that and LeBron James and Rajon Rondo both having double-doubles. It’s no surprise that LeBron had a great game and Rondo brought his A-game as well. These two guys lead the charge and it was essential that they did. As the team veterans and leaders they set a good example in game one.
Josh Hart also had a good game, scoring 20 points. It’s possible that if he keeps it up he might wind up getting the starting shooting guard spot. But Ball, Ingram, and Kuzma combined to miss 14 of 15 three pointers.
L.A. clearly has a lot to figure out going forward. But it is exciting to watch this team come together around LeBron. And they did score 119 points so Lakers fans may well be looking at an explosive offensive season.