LeBron James underlined that the Los Angeles Lakers simply have to play "mistake-free basketball" while they are battling injuries to some key players. On Wednesday night, the Lakers suffered a 116-111 against the Sacramento Kings on their home floor.
The Lakers are currently missing Anthony Davis, Lonnie Walker IV and Austin Reaves. "We are limited with bodies. So until some of our big guys or some of our key guys get back, we got to continue to play how we've played the last couple games.
Play mistake-free basketball," James said, per ESPN.
James had a big game but the Lakers lost
James showed up for the Lakers as he had a game-high 32 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. James, who is 38, spent 36 minutes on the floor against the Kings.
After the game, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham admitted he felt "bad" for James because he gave his absolute best but it didn't result in a win. "I feel bad about that. He's playing at an amazing level, but we can't run him in the ground.
That was one of my main goals coming into the season. Thirty-six and a half [minutes] the other night. We just have to manage him and have clarity in terms of scaling back his minutes some," Ham said about James. The Lakers caught fire in late November and early December, but then Davis suffered an injury.
In the last two weeks, the Lakers have been struggling as they have lost four of their last five games. "I still feel wholeheartedly that, at some point, we're going to break all the way through. We're competing, in my opinion, at a very high level.
We've got guys that we're trying to mix and match due to injury. So, trying to find out what collection of players down the stretch that you can go with is challenging. But guys are doing their part," Ham added. In their next game, James and company will be taking on the Memphis Grizzlies.