• Despite a poor start to the season and frequent double-digit deficits in the first quarter, the Lakers have managed to maintain a winning record.
  • Injuries to key rotation players have disrupted the team's cohesion, leading to numerous lineup switches by head coach Darvin Ham.
  • The Lakers' reliance on LeBron James has increased due to their early struggles, forcing him to play more minutes than originally planned and potentially impacting his durability.