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Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard altercation overshadows real feud that’s slowing down the Lakers

Lakers, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are struggling. They are 0-2 to start the season after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Friday at home, 115-105, and the sight of Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard squabbling on the sidelines definitely didn’t help boost the confidence of Lakers fans in their team.

Although the two seem to have moved on from that, the altercation in a way has overshadowed another ‘beef’ the Lakers are dealing with, and it’s their battle against 3-point accuracy, involving their starters not named LeBron James.

Via ESPN Stats & Info:

LeBron James is 10-20 on 3-pt FG this season, making 5 3-pt FG in consecutive games for just the 2nd time in his career.

All other Lakers starters are a combined 4 for 24.

LeBron James: 10-20
Kent Bazemore: 3-11
Anthony Davis: 1-6
Russell Westbrook: 0-7
DeAndre Jordan: 0-0

The sample size is small, with the Lakers just two games deep into the 2021-22 NBA regular season, but it could get alarming quickly, especially if they continue to go winless in the coming contests. The Lakers don’t really have a knockdown outside shooter on the roster. James’ hot-shooting from deep isn’t sustainable. (He is making 51.2 percent of his 3-point shots this season, so far).

At some point, James’ stellar outside shooting is going to regress, and it’ll be up to the rest of the Lakers to step up and stretch the floor by making their threes.