LeBron James pinpoints exactly why Lakers have been playing better lately

Robert Marvi
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The 2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers have been disappointing so far, but things may be picking up for them.

The team has won four games in a row, and LeBron James identified a simple reason why.

After L.A. traded for a star point guard in Russell Westbrook in the summer of 2021, Lakers fans were thinking championship once again.

But the team has struggled to stay over .500 this season, largely because of injuries and health issues.

In late November, LeBron James started to play at a very high level after availability issues plagued the early stages of his season, and L.A. started to show some signs of life into the middle of December.

But then superstar big man Anthony Davis sprained his MCL and several players spent time in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, leading to a five-game losing streak.

Another factor in the Lakers’ apparent turnaround has been their small starting lineup, which features James at the 5.

Although he recently turned 37 years of age, the 17-time All-Star is playing about as well as he ever has, and one could make an argument that he is currently the best player in the world.

L.A. will face the Memphis Grizzlies and young phenom Ja Morant on Sunday. Given that the Lakers are trying to climb the standings and secure some type of home-court advantage come playoff time, it will be a very important contest.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.