Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope acknowledged that the team expected LeBron James to take the responsibility on his shoulders when it was announced that Anthony Davis would be out for weeks. On Saturday, the Lakers suffered their second consecutive loss after losing to the Miami Heat 96-94 at Staples Center.
"I feel like the last couple games that's been happening, putting a lot on Bron," Lakers Caldwell-Pope said after the game, per ESPN. "We already know what we're going to get out of him. So all the rest of us, we've got to continue to just play hard and just play basketball and not worry about anything else."
Lakers starting guard Dennis Schroder was also out but James refused to throw the rest of his teammates under the bus. "They are doing their part," James said. "They're doing their part and more."
James wants to help the Lakers with Davis sidelined
"I think that's what it all boils down to, and right now is another challenge for me, to be able to adjust," James said. "Not having AD for a long period of time is something that we haven't had over the last year and a half, and now it's time for me to adjust again and see ways I can be even more effective to help this team win ballgames.
Because that is the sport that we're in. "We're in the winning business, and I've always been a winner. So, it's time to click into that." Caldwell-Pope had a solid performance against the Heat as he scored 11 points, had three rebounds and four assists.
"We try to help him out as much as possible, and we want to do it as perfect as possible, as we can," said Caldwell-Pope, one of only three Lakers to make more shots than he missed against the Heat. "We try to help him out, we try not to make too much mistakes when we're on the floor with him or even running a play with him, just to give him some help.
We do ask Bron for a lot; he gives us a lot each and every game. "It's up to us as far as like role players and 'next man up' mentality, we've got to be ready and locked in." The Lakers will be aiming to end their losing streak when they host the Washington Wizards in their next game.