LeBron James and the LA Lakers complained about the referee after a missed comeback against the Phoenix Suns

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers expressed their displeasure as they just had the game with the fewest penalties in the past 6 years.

LeBron James could only laugh after the Los Angeles Lakers match against the Phoenix Suns, where he and his teammates could not come back and suffered a 113-123 away defeat on the morning of February 26.

19 is the total number of free throws of the home team Phoenix. Meanwhile, the Lakers only had 8 free throws in the whole match, the lowest since LeBron James played for the LA team in 2018.

Statistics pointed out by ESPN Stats & Info have made many Los Angeles Lakers members unhappy. Besides LeBron, there is also coach Darvin Ham.
LeBron James in a situation complaining to the referee
LA Lakers entered this match with an average of 24.7 free throws per game, ranking 6th out of 30 teams in the NBA this season.

“ As a team that plays a lot of contact near the basket, we always try to get as many free throw points as possible. I always tell the students to try to break inside because this is our strength, but then the referees do not blow the whistle even though there are many illegal collisions.

We have players who take hits to the hands, hips, ribs and even the head but don’t get fouled. Many times the opponent can’t even touch the ball and just collides with their body, but the whistle still doesn’t sound ,” said the Lakers captain.

Not only were there 8 free throws in the entire match, but the Los Angeles Lakers also did not get any free kicks in the third and fourth quarters. This is the first time since 2015 that LeBron James experienced a game where his team was “hungry to shoot”. punish”.

Another notable statistic is that Anthony Davis played 42 minutes, finished 17 times (11-17 FG) but did not have any free throws. This was the first time Davis played more than 40 minutes and was “hungry for free throws”.

“There are comments that all we did in the match was to make mistakes. Actually, we have many players capable of breaking through and attacking the basket. This is the strength that this team tries to promote as much as possible ,” LeBron James shared.
LeBron James said attacking the basket and catching fouls are the strengths of the Los Angeles Lakers
“We still do three-point shots, but my teammates and I don’t shoot 40-50 3-pointers per game. We don’t have the people to do that. So this team will have to really attack the basket.” much, take advantage of your strengths.

Only 8 free throws all game is not the number we usually have. I know for sure that no less than 2-3 times I attacked the basket, had my hands and body collided but was not given a penalty. But everything is done, the match is over,” James added.

The Phoenix Suns secondary team shot down the Los Angeles Lakers

To defeat a Los Angeles Lakers in relatively high form (6 wins in the last 8 matches), the Phoenix Suns needed the strength of their trio of stars.

It’s just that this trio is not what fans expect from Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. Instead, there are “secondary doubles” including Grayson Allen, Royce O’Neale and center forward Jusuf Nurkic.

Allen was leading with 24 points, Royce O’Neale threw in 2 consecutive successful 3-pointers at a crucial moment. The two combined with a “huge” game from Nurkic with 18 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists to help Phoenix overcome the Lakers with a score of 123-113.

Jusuf Nurkic had one of his best games of the season with 18 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists against the Los Angeles Lakers
Another slow start makes it difficult for the Los Angeles Lakers team. They let the Suns score 42 points in the first half and were 20 points behind at the beginning of the game.

However, LeBron James did not let things end early, leading the Los Angeles team to a comeback effort. The gap was shortened to only 2 points (92-90) at the end of the third quarter to bring the match into balance.

Unfortunately, after trying to erase the point advantage, coach Darvin Ham and his team were out of breath in the fourth quarter. Combined with the unexpected brilliance of the satellite players instead of Durant or Devin Booker, the match was impossible. reverse.
Grayson Allen contributed greatly to helping the Phoenix Suns stop the comeback attempt of the Los Angeles Lakers
“We played very well since the first half but their satellite players threw too well,” LeBron James admitted. “However, we played the first half very poorly, both in defense and attack. This needs to be improved.”

LeBron James had a double-double with 28 points and 12 assists (12-19 FG, 3-6 3PT). Anthony Davis continued his high form with 22 points (11-17 FG) and 14 rebounds along with 2 steals and 3 blocks.

Grayson Allen scored 24 points to lead the Phoenix Suns. Kevin Durant scored 22 points but only hit 7-20 FG. Devin Booker had 21 points and 9 assists (8-18 FG, 1-4 3PT).
Kevin Durant was a bit cool with only 7-20 FGs, but he and his teammates still won the match to extend their unbeaten streak at home to 9 matches.
The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers are in quite similar situations after the All-Star break. Both teams have many stars and are expected to compete for the championship.

But contrary to the initial assessment, the Lakers (9th place, 31-28) and Suns (8th place, 34-24) are standing next to each other in the middle of the Western rankings. Both are on the edge of the Playoffs group (top 6 teams) and are in the zone that must compete in the Play-in Tournament (7th to 10th place).

In addition, this is a talented match with a lot of debt as Phoenix Suns head coach Frank Vogel worked for many years at the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the one who helped the yellow and purple team win the 2019-20 season.

In the next match, the Los Angeles Lakers will face their neighbor LA Clippers on Thursday morning, February 29. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns will have another day off before hosting the Houston Rockets on Friday morning, March 1.

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