The Lakers’ roller coaster continues Wednesday as they play their fourth straight game without LeBron James.
It’s been an uneven start for the Lakers, who are 1-2 in their last three games without the four-time MVP, with the only victory coming in overtime on Monday over the Charlotte Hornets.
With James out, the focus remains on Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, who have yet to catch up as a duo. In 165 minutes on the court together without James, they have been outscored by 42 points, not exactly the recipe Los Angeles needs to be successful if James remains out of the lineup due to injury or layoff.
Although Westbrook posted a triple-double in the win over Charlotte (17 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds), he shot just 5-15 from the floor, flipped it seven times and finished with a plus-under -17. So far this season, he’s shooting just 41.1 percent from the floor, the worst since his rookie season.
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Miami is back in action following Monday’s loss at Denver, marred by a late-game disturbance between Markieff Morris and Nikola Jokic. After Morris fouled Jokic late, the reigning MVP retaliated by pushing Morris to the ground as he walked away. Jokic was sent off and received a one-game suspension, while Morris was fined $ 50,000 for his role.
The Heat have lost two of three after a five-game winning streak. Despite the mini-slide, the Heat have seen themselves as a legitimate championship contender so far this season.
Jimmy Butler has had the best start to his career, scoring 25.3 points per game, which would be a personal best. Butler and Tyler Herro (20.3 points per game off the bench) lead an astonishing offense that so far ranks third in the NBA in offensive efficiency despite a relatively slow start from free agent signing Kyle Lowry. The six-time All-Star averages just 10.0 points per game, a sharp drop from last season in Toronto when he averaged 17.2.
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This is the second game of a five-game road trip and the first night of a back-to-back as they play the Clippers in Los Angeles on Thursday.
What channel is Lakers vs. Heat?
The Lakers vs. Heat can be seen on ESPN for those with traditional cable or streaming through Watch ESPN.
What time does Lakers vs. Heat?
- Date: Wednesday, November 10
- Weather: 10 pm ET | 7 pm Pacific Time
Lakers vs. Heat is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 10. The game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2021-22 heat calendar
|November 10||in the Lakers||10 p. M.||ESPN|
|November 11th||in Clippers||10:30 pm||NBA TV|
|November 13||in Jazz||5 p. M.||NBA TV|
|November 15||in Thunder||8 p. M.||–|
|November 17||against pelicans||7:30 pm||–|
(All the eastern time)
Lakers 2021-22 Schedule
|November 10||against the heat||10 p. M.||ESPN|
|12th of November||against wolves||10:30 pm||–|
|November 14th||vs. Spurs||3:30 pm||–|
|November 15||against bulls||10:30 pm||NBA TV|
|November 17||in Bucks||7:30 pm||ESPN|
(All the eastern time)
NBA schedule for 2021-22
After a truncated season in 2020-21, the NBA returns to its standard 82-game format for the 2021-22 campaign, which is the league’s 75th anniversary season. Here are some key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:
- Regular season begins: October 19
- Changes deadline: Feb. 10
- NBA All-Star 2022: February 18-20
- The regular season concludes: April 10th
- Entrance tournament: April 12-15
- The playoffs begin: April 16th
- The NBA Finals begin: June 2nd
- NBA draft 2022: June 23
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.