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The Los Angeles Lakers have been topped the primary In-Season Match (IST) champions slightly below a month in the past. 

Since defeating the Indiana Pacers in Las Vegas to win the match, the Lakers have gone 3-10 and have now misplaced 4 straight video games after Friday evening’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies

LeBron James, #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, seems on throughout the sport on January 5, 2024, at Crypto.Com Enviornment in Los Angeles, California.  (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)

A down LeBron James spoke to the media at his locker following the sport and provided a blunt evaluation of his staff’s play. 

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“I’m not pondering that far previously, to be trustworthy,” James mentioned when requested whether or not the Lakers’ points introduced themselves earlier than their present stretch of video games. “We simply suck proper now.”

James put the IST victory, which the Lakers celebrated by hanging a banner at their house enviornment, in perspective. 

“It was two video games although. That’s a small pattern. All people is getting so cracked up about Vegas. Preserve citing Vegas,” James mentioned when requested whether or not the staff that gained the IST “nonetheless exists.”

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Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James (23) seems on within the second half towards the Memphis Grizzlies at Crypto.com Enviornment.  (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“It was two video games. We took care of that enterprise. That was the In-Season Match. We performed. We gained it. However that was actually simply two video games.” 

On Friday evening, the Lakers misplaced 127-113 to a Memphis staff that earned simply its twelfth win of the season. The Grizzlies hit a season-high eight three-pointers, together with 5 from middle Jaren Jackson Jr. 

“Sporting this uniform, you get lots of flack, and guys are watching you below a microscope as a staff,” Lakers ahead Anthony Davis mentioned. “You will have a few dangerous video games, lose a pair in a row, you’ll be able to’t lose your confidence. Can’t be on social media, listening to no matter persons are saying. We’ve obtained to remain collectively on this locker room and discover our means out of it. There’s no assist coming. There’s no cavalry. We’ve obtained to do it with the fellows we’ve obtained and stay collectively.”

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LeBron James scores against Memphis

LeBron James, #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, scores a basket towards David Roddy, #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies, throughout the first half at Crypto.com Enviornment on January 5, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Pictures)

Earlier than the sport, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham mentioned he continues to have the assist of the decision-makers within the group. 

“I’m stable,” Ham mentioned, in keeping with ESPN. “My governor, Jeanie Buss, the boss girl; our president, Robert Pelinka, we’re all aligned. So long as they’re not saying it, I suppose I’m good. Which I understand how they really feel about me and the scenario we’re presently in.”

The Lakers subsequent face the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.