Lakers trail the Nuggets 3-0 after being outclassed once more in crucial situations.

Los Angeles Lakers failed to secure the victory in the fourth quarter for the third time in as many games in the Western Conference playoffs.

The details of L.A.’s two losses to start the series may have been different from Saturday’s 119-108 setback to the Denver Nuggets, but the overall message was the same: The West’s top seed performed better when it meant the most.

The Lakers, who started the season 2-10 and completely rebuilt the roster just before the All-Star break, are now one loss away from having their season come to an end, and they’re hopeful they still have one more incredible run left in them.

LeBron James finished with 23 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds but missed 11 of 19 shots, including 4 of 6 in the fourth quarter. He said, “Just got to get one,” before missing 4 of 6 attempts. One at a time, please. You know, all you can really think about is Game 4 if you just concentrate on it.

On Saturday, the Lakers appeared to be within reach of winning any game. The Lakers were playing at home, where they hadn’t dropped a game all postseason. Through the first three quarters, Nikola Jokic, a star for the Nuggets, committed four more fouls than field goals. Anthony Davis made a significant contribution (28 points on 11 of 18 shooting, 18 rebounds).

However, with the outcome of the game in doubt, the Nuggets regained control and pushed the Lakers out of the picture with a 13-0 run from the 7:48 mark of the fourth quarter to the game’s final 4:50 seconds. The greatest player on the court to seal the deal was Jokic, who scored 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the fourth.

Information’s analysis indicates that NBA teams are 0-149 when down 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, and the Lakers as a team have never even forced a Game 5 while in this situation, falling 0-8.

In Games 1 and 2, Los Angeles trailed by three with one-minute remaining. Additionally, the Lakers had a chance in Game 3, where they took the lead in the fourth. As Game 4 approaches, the Nuggets have regularly edged the Lakers, expanding what had appeared to be a slim difference between the two teams.

When asked what he thought the difference had been, James responded, “I think it’s been the timely shots by their role players.”

To James’ point, Michael Porter Jr. (14 points), Bruce Brown (15 points), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (17 points) all had strong performances on Saturday.

Information indicates that in the series, Brown is 8 for 13 (3 for 7 on three-pointers), Caldwell-Pope is 11 for 17 (5 of 11), and Porter is 8 for 15 (7 for 11) on open shots.

In Game 3, the Lakers’ roster didn’t provide them with the same variety of contributions, with D’Angelo Russell (three points on 1-for-8 shooting), Jarred Vanderbilt (two points, 1-for-4) and Dennis Schroder (five points, 2-for-5) all having offensive difficulties.

“For me? When asked what he has to modify about his strategy to be successful versus Denver, Russell responded, “Oh, I don’t know. “I don’t, actually. I’m not sure. I’ll make an effort to solve it.

The Lakers have done a pretty good job of adapting this season, first earning a spot in the play-in tournament with a group of new players while James missed a month with a foot injury late in the season, and then becoming just the second No. 7 seed ever to make it to the conference finals. They appeared committed to continuing their ascent, as long as games are still scheduled.

“We can either come out Monday and go home or we can fight for another day, and with the group of guys that we’ve got, I know what that answer will be,” said Austin Reaves, who has scored more than 20 points in each of the series’ first three games.

Of course, the chances are not in Los Angeles’ favor. In NBA history, 91 out of 149 teams that were trailing 3-0 were swept. Among those clubs, just three even demanded a Game 7.

In an effort to stretch the season until Tuesday and beyond, the Lakers will do a film session on Sunday before reporting to work on Monday for Game 4.

Darvin Ham, the Lakers’ coach, stated that “circumstances are what they are.” “Difficult, but not impossible.”

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