Lakers’ 3-point shooting problems reach historic levels

Well, it’s officially – officially bad.

After the Lakers’ 110-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, in which they shot 8-30 from beyond the arc, they reportedly became the worst three-point shooting team in NBA history over a four-game span ESPN stats and information.

In the first four games of the season, the Lakers have made just 33 of their 148 3-point attempts, a 22.3 percent mark that makes for a dubious record.

It’s five percentage points worse than the Thunder, who hold the second-worst three-point shooting percentage this season, and a far cry from the all-time high of 41.7% held by the Charlotte Hornets.

The Lakers’ shooting battles aren’t limited to three-pointers either. They’re shooting 41.6% from the field, the second-worst this season in the NBA.

Not only the Lakers make questionable history, but also a team led by Lebron James 0-4 for the first time since his rookie season 2003-04. This Cavaliers roster missed the playoffs with a 35-47 record.

Lakers Patrick Beverly attempts a three-pointer against the Clippers
The Lakers’ Patrick Beverly attempts a 3-pointer against the Clippers.
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The Lakers opened the season with losses to defending champions Warriors, the Clippers, the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets.

Even though the Lakers had a terrible start to the season, James got off to a normal start. He leads the Lakers in points per game (25.2), rebounds per game (10) and assists per game (7.8) — but has also turned the ball about five times per game.

Since winning the NBA championship in the bubble in 2020, the Lakers have a 75-83 record, lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2021 and missed 2022 entirely.

Los Angeles has an opportunity to put its three-point shooting on the line and earn its first win of the season against the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday night. Lakers’ 3-point shooting problems reach historic levels

Emma Bowman

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