In four of L.A.’s eleven wins so far this season, they’ve come back from double-digit deficits to win the game, most recently against New Orleans on Friday. The Lakers fell behind by 15 points at the 6:37 mark of the second quarter before ripping off a run that cut the deficit to one at the half, en route to a breezy 112-95 victory over the Pelicans. This was their largest comeback of 2020-21, and best since Nov. 27, 2019, also against New Orleans.
Coach Frank Vogel might prefer that the Lakers don’t fall behind by double digits in the first place, but the ability to so quickly turn a game does speak to the overall talent and cohesion on the team.
Also, when an NBA team returns home after a road trip – the Lakers just went 3-0 on their most recent trip – there can be a bit of a letdown as human nature kicks in and guys relax in their home building.
“That first game after a road trip is always kind of difficult and always kind of challenging, so we were able to just flip the switch, start getting defensive stops, get out and rebound and run, got to our game, and was able to change the game around,” explained LeBron James. “We got back to playing our style of basketball.”
In recent years, the Warriors have also shown an ability to come back from double-digit deficits, riding the explosive shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, but of course Thompson is out for the season (Achilles). Nonetheless, Curry looks like … Curry. He’s averaging 28.4 points and hitting 4.2 3’s per game, plus 6.2 assists, and his six games with at least five threes.