Los Angeles Lakers def by Portland Trail Blazers, score, result, video, highlights, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook

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Los Angeles Lakers def by Portland Trail Blazers, score, result, video, highlights, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook

Things are not looking good for the 0-3 Los Angeles Lakers, if you can believe it.

After being blown out by the Golden State Warriors and beaten by cross-town rivals the Clippers, the Lakers fell to a third defeat on Monday (AEDT), this time against the Portland Trail Blazers.

And again, the spotlight is on the bizarre roster construction in Los Angeles, and what the Lakers are going to do with Russell Westbrook.

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Against the Blazers, the Lakers led 98-90 late in the game when Westbrook was put in with 4:42 on the clock.

When time had expired, Portland had closed on a 16-6 run to win the game 106-104.

Westbrook finished with 10 points from 15 field goal attempts, with his decision to pull up for a mid-range jumper with 30 seconds on the clock proving fatal. The ball bricked out, LeBron James raised his hands in frustration, while the Los Angeles faithful were far more vocal, before Damian Lillard hit the go-ahead three..

After the game, James said he felt he was being “set up” to criticise Westbrook after being asked about the missed shot.

“I feel like this is an interview trying to set me up to say something,” James said.

“I can tell that you guys are in the whole ‘Russell Westbrook’ category right now. I don’t like to lose, I hate to lose… especially the way we had this game.

James added: “You guys can write about Russ, and all the things you guys want to talk about Russ. I’m not up here to do that… that’s not who I am.”

James finished with 31 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, while Lillard topscored for Portland with 41 points as Jerami Grant added 16.

The Lakers are now 25 from 118 three-point attempts to start the season, with a roster that doesn’t possess the talent to suggest that’s going to change any time soon.

According to StatMuse, the Lakers are 30th in offensive rating, 30th in field goal percentage, and 30th in three-point percentage.

Remember, there are thirty teams in the NBA.

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