The Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 1 of the Western Conference finals to the Denver Nuggets with a score of 132-126.

LeBron James expressed frustration after the game, realizing that the Lakers had a chance to tie the score but missed a crucial three-pointer.

The Lakers faced difficulties throughout the game, being outrebounded by 17 and allowing the Nuggets to score 72 points in the first half alone.

Despite the Lakers' struggles, coach Darvin Ham made effective adjustments in the second half, including defensive matchups and coverages.

Rui Hachimura played a significant defensive role, particularly guarding Nikola Jokic, which limited the Nuggets' scoring efficiency.

Offensively, the Lakers targeted Jamal Murray when James initiated pick-and-rolls, leading to favorable results.

Lakers: The Lakers are confident in their ability to bounce back and improve in Game 2 of the series.

The potential lineup adjustment for Game 2 involves starting Rui Hachimura to counter the Nuggets' size advantage.

The decision of whether Dennis Schroder or D'Angelo Russell should come off the bench is less clear, as Russell may view it as a demotion.

The Lakers acknowledge the need to improve in all aspects of the game, especially rebounding, in order to level the series in Game 2.