LeBron James: Magic-Walton meeting 'not a big deal' to Lakers

Luka duels LeBron Wes Matthews’ perplexing play and 6 more things from Mavs-Lakers

Luka duels LeBron Wes Matthews’ perplexing play and 6 more things from Mavs-Lakers

The Lakers barely escaped out of the Staples Center with a win outlasting the Mavericks 114-113 Wednesday night in one of the more stranger choke jobs I've seen since the infamous J.R. Smith incident in the NBA Finals past year.

Doncic, the second pick in the 2018 draft, said before the game that he grew up idolizing James.

The Los Angeles Lakers have not gotten off to the start they had hoped for when they signed LeBron James over the summer, and it sounds like president of basketball operations Magic Johnson is already losing his patience. Mavericks forward Wes Matthews for some reason fouls James with two seconds to go. That sent the four-time MVP to the free-throw line with scored tied 113-113, but after missing the first one James made the second for the win.

LeBron James says he is tuning it all out.

Should he be? Hardly, unless you believe in "a win is a win".

James, 33, has averaged 27.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in his first eight games with the Lakers.

"The first and third quarters defensively we were pretty good and then we had two terrible quarters". Because every season around the Lakers has drama, real and manufactured.

The Trail Blazers looked as if they had a great chance of extending their streak versus the Lakers to 17 games after going on a 20-5 run in the first quarter to take a 22-12 lead with 4:15 to play in the first quarter.

If you're a Lakers fan, these names should send you running for the hills. "We want to be as good a team as we can be and win ballgames". All hands must be on deck to protect the paint. When you're not making shots that means you've got to go to the other end and you've got to be really sharp.

Remember, it was Ball who called out Walton last season and said he had lost the Lakers' locker room, and although Walton brushed off the comments with some humor, Ball's comments echoed through the media for weeks.

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