Fans Ask Lakers to Trade Their Top Player After Loss Against Indiana Pacers

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After blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter en route to a 116-115 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, Los Angeles Lakers supporters are questioning if it’s time to rebuild the roster’s core.

Although the Lakers had won five of their previous six games in recent weeks, there were still calls for change after their meltdown against the Pacers. That includes requests to trade LeBron James, which would probably herald a major reconstruction in Los Angeles.

Fans react to poor performance from Lakers

In 36 minutes, James had 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal. He made only eight of his 22 shots from the field, including three of his ten shots from 3-point range.

“Everything has to go wrong in order for you to lose a game like that, and everything went wrong. And you got to tip your hat to Indiana. They kept fighting. They kept pushing,” LeBron said.

Russell Westbrook contributed 24 points and six assists off the bench, while Anthony Davis added 25 points and 13 rebounds. The only other Lakers player to score in double figures was Austin Reaves (13 points).

“That falls on me,” L.A. head coach Darvin Ham said of the team’s dismal fourth-quarter offence, which resulted in a surprising loss. “That falls on me. I’ll take responsibility for that,” he said.

Indiana’s hero was Andrew Nembhard, who hit a three-pointer as time expired to raise the team’s record to 12-8.

It’s unlikely that the Lakers would drastically alter their roster in the near future, especially in James’ case given that he recently agreed to a two-year, $97 million deal extension. However, if the team is to make a postseason run this season, the team will need to make some less significant changes, according to the squad’s continuing poor results.

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