And if I didn't do that, it would've been a layup and not really that much fun. But it has hardly been all the fault of James, who missed 18 games with a groin injury. The seven-foot Brook Lopez, a recently developed shooter converting 36.6 percent of his 6.4 3-point attempts this season, was in L.A. just past year. Expect Rajon Rondo to see major minutes at point guard with the Lakers' roster ravaged with injuries. Wayne Selden led the team with 18 points off the bench while Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. each scored 17 points.
With Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram ruled out for the season, James put on a show at United Center like he did so many times as a member of the Cavaliers and Heat.
Then something finally start to click for the Lakers.
Paul Millsap finished with 23 points, including a buzzer-beater from half-court to end the third quarter.
In that sense, the Lakers could have reason to feel that nothing they have tried of late has worked, up to and including the acquisition of James. And for us, when we played him in the short games, he spaced the floor for us.
Lauri Markkanen struggled again with his shot.
Elfrid Payton had his second consecutive triple-double for the Pelicans, who lost their fourth straight, finishing with 14 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and 11 assists. With an average yearly salary of just $35,000 and a travel schedule demanding dozens of cross-country flights, most players decide to go different routes after a few years. "And he needs to, obviously, make open shots".
On Thursday, coach Luke Walton said Ingram was experiencing pain whenever he lifted his right arm.
"Those games will be like playoff games, if we want them to be".
When it comes to general manager Rob Pelinka, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says "Agents, GMs, they do not like this man".
Ball injured his ankle at Houston, and the initial timetable for his recovery given by the team was four to six weeks. There is no timetable on LaVine's return. Has he found himself in a similar position in Los Angeles?
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