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Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle on the road

Los Angeles Lakers; despair

Cary Edmondson-US Presswire

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are suffering on the road as the latest defeat at the Sacramento Kings takes them to 0-3 away from the Staples Center.

Despite a 1-4 start to the season the latest defeat has brought them back to .500 for the season and are still searching for a road win.

In three attempts away from Los Angeles against Utah Jazz, Portland Trailblazers and most recently the Kings, the Lakers have struggled.

A reason for their struggles could be tiredness and high minutes from the four main players. Pau Gasol is playing a team-high 37.3 minutes a game. Kobe Bryant is at 36.8, Dwight Howard is playing 36.6 and Metta World Peace 34.8.

Quality in depth seems to be a problem for the Lakers as the Los Angeles Clippers can afford to play Chris Paul an average of 33.8 minutes per game, Blake Griffin 32.8, Jamal Crawford 28.4 and DeAndre Jordan 26.6 minutes per game.

This is a problem as the Lakers boast an older playing squad and should really be managing their rosters playing minutes easier on their legs. When Steve Nash and Steve Blake return the figures should start to look a bit better, but for the moment it is proving to be a struggle for back to back road trips where stamina levels are not at their peak.

When the side have been allowed a day off we have seen a fresher team playing faster basketball, this is a huge factor bear in mind the type of game that Mike D’Antoni wants to play.

Their seems to be a lack of confidence in the bench and despite the return of Jordan Hill, who always shows high energy levels his ability is of debate and the likes of Antawn Jamison has so far been ineffective.