Lakers star (groin) to be re-evaluated Friday, remains out indefinitely

Posted January 12, 2019

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by his teammate Brandon Ingram #14 and Josh Hart #3 after scoring a basket and getting fouled against Sacramento Kings during the first half at Staples Center on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Two JaVale McGee dunks and then a lovely Ingram drive and layup to make it 106-97 with 1:03 to go, sealing Los Angeles' third consecutive win over Dallas this season. The Mavericks have been money at home, it's on the road where you have to worry about them. According to website Mavs Moneyball, the starting five of Doncic, Barnes, Dennis Smith, Wesley Matthews, and DeAndre Jordan have a net minus-5.7 points per 100 possessions when playing together.

The Lakers then face James' former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, at home on January 13.

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"I think as we get better defensively and get more continuity, that small-ball lineup is going to be huge for us, especially in the playoffs when everybody's going to be going small".

"They're trying, but they're young", Walton said about Ball and Ingram, via ESPN. James is sidelined indefinitely with a strained left groin and will not travel with the team to Salt Lake City on Thursday, Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "You can't win the game like that".

Mavericks: J.J. Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a USA high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. "Hopefully it won't happen again".

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"We weren't physical enough", Ball said. However, if they intend to climb the standings, they need even higher season-highs, as well as more consistent 20-plus outings, out of their third-year slender playmaker. We never really get to it in games because those guys kind of flip-flop. But we've got to play together.

"I was like "no don't trade Kuzma" because I thought he had the potential, outside of Lonzo, to be the best pro".

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