The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has been in the center of controversy lately, with speculation he might want out of Los Angeles. He recently put that to bed, addressing the issue. However, after Sunday night’s performance, he might want to re-think his position. James played extremely poorly Sunday night and was not exempt from hearing it from the crowd.
Lakers fans booing LeBron after this turnover 😯 https://t.co/KfcYGso6UE
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 28, 2022
Midway through the third quarter with the Lakers trailing by 19 points, James tried a baseline bounce pass that did not come close. It was his sixth turnover of the game and the team’s 18th turnover. As James headed to the other end of the court, the chorus of boos reigned down on him and the team.
The Lakers entered the game as the #9 seed in the Western Conference at 27-32. The Pelicans were the #11 seed, four back of Los Angeles in the loss column. The Pelicans are the first team below the play-in tournament. Essentially, they are the team the Lakers needs to beat to ensure they will at least make the tournament. That did not happen Sunday night.
James finished the game with seven turnovers, albeit scoring 32 points. He was not the only one with a tough night for Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook was also careless with the basketball once again. Westbrook committed seven turnovers as well, but was much worse shooting the ball. As a team, Los Angeles turned the ball over 23 times.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans won their fifth straight road game. They were led by the newly acquired CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram. McCollum has made an immediate impact since arriving in New Orleans and has the team thinking postseason.