James, Lakers Start 0-3, Falcons Defeat Giants in Must-Win

Jonathan Grant | October 23rd, 2018

The biggest story of the world of sports on Monday night came from Los Angeles, where the Lakers fell to 0-3 to start the season after a 143-142 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Alarm bells may not be ringing just yet at the Staples Center, but this game certainly won’t do a whole lot to ensure confidence in the team or its fans. And the shocking part of all of it is that LeBron James had chances, and plenty of them, to put the game to bed. Yet none of them connected. At one point in overtime, James and the Lakers held a 142-136 with just 55.6 seconds left on the clock. The Spurs, though, coached by one of the all-time greats continued to battle and clawed their way back. Australian Patty Mills would hit the winning shot with seven seconds to go, right after LeBron James had missed two free throws seconds earlier. The Lakers called timeout after Mills’ jumper, but James’ effort to win the game missed and the Spurs improved to 2-1 on the season while the Lakers fell to 0-3. It’s still early, and the Lakers are still looking to build cohesion with one another, but just making the playoffs this season could be very, very difficult.


The Monday Night Football match up this week pitted the New York Giants at the Atlanta Falcons, with the Falcons in a position where they just about had to win to remain in the playoff hunt. It was far from pretty, but they did so against one of the league’s weakest teams. The final score was 23-20 to the Falcons, seeing them move up to 3-4. It’s a very tough NFC South, but the win means they still have time to get something done. As for the Giants, it’s panic stations. They are now 1-6, and only the latest bit of controversy could have them at each others’ throats. Late in the game, with the score 20-12, they went for two after a touchdown only to see Odell Beckham, Jr. drop the ball after it hit him right in the hands in the end zone. There have been a lot of words thrown back and forth lately between him and management, and we will see if that keeps up after a costly drop.

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