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LeBron James makes strong statement on Lakers’ losing streak

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have now lost four games in a row, their worst skid in the 2020-21 NBA season so far. Once again missing the services of starters Anthony Davis and Dennis Shroder on Wednesday, the reigning NBA champions fell to the Utah Jazz in lopsided fashion, 114-89, at Smart Vivint Arena.

After the game, a visibly disappointed LeBron addressed his team’s current dreadful situation; however, the Lakers star still carried an upbeat attitude about the whole thing.

“It’s a tough stretch for us, but this won’t define who we will be for the rest of the season or the long haul,” the four-time NBA champion said, per Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily. 

After starting the season at the top of the Western Conference, the Purple and Gold have surrendered that post to the red-hot Jazz. LeBron James and the Lakers currently occupy the third seed with a 22-11 record.

The Lakers have now gone 1-4 since AD was sidelined due to an Achilles strain. The Brow is not expected to return for at least four weeks, so LeBron and Co. need to do their best to hold the fort.

So far, they’re not off to a good start. The Lakers only won once in their last five outings, and that’s against the league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves. Losing Schroder in their last four games due to the league’s health and safety protocols also added to their laundry list of concerns.

The Lakers were outgunned by the Jazz from the opening tip on the way to their statement win. LeBron had a pedestrian outing of 19 points, four boards and four assists, as he only suited up 28 minutes because the outcome was already clear in the fourth period.