JAMES: WE NEED SOME OF OUR GUYS BACK
The Straits Times|December 25, 2021
Hit by virus protocols, Lakers suffer fourth straight loss, marring Staples Centre send-off

Things have not been going right for the depleted Los Angeles Lakers this month.

They have been affected by players in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Covid-19 health and safety protocols, culminating in a season-high fourth straight defeat on Thursday which LeBron James attributed to a makeshift team lacking “chemistry”.

On top of that, they did not manage to give the Staples Centre a victorious send-off as the downtown Los Angeles venue will be renamed the Crypto.com Arena today.

The Lakers fell to 16-17 this season after Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 30 points on a perfect 11-of-11 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs used a balanced attack – with six players in double figures – to roll to a 138-110 win.

“We have no chemistry with any line-up from the simple fact that we haven’t logged any minutes,” James, who had a game-high 36 points, lamented on ESPN.

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