The Lakers' 107-97 victory dropped the Mavericks' home record to 15-4.
All of these things have contributed to the Lakers' recent downturn, though the loss of James certainly stings the most. The Mavs were 11-of-43 from the field in the second half and had 11 turnovers. It's hard to win in this league when you are healthy. "Hopefully it won't happen again".
The Lakers are 3-5 since that game against the Warriors, with their young core having step up.
The Lakers are being blamed for being bad without their leader.
"Brandon had some really nice crack-back rebounds tonight that we can get out and run [from]". I'll look at the film closely. It was a balanced attack with seven players in double digits, and the Celtics had their most well-rounded game of the season. "So I'm looking closely at everything right now".
"We're competitors", Ball said. It didn't stick at all the entire game. "We've got to get to a point where it becomes a habit and not something that's only a convenience". Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Smith Jr.is dishing four assists. Two of the Suns' nine wins this year have come against Dallas. He has not played since straining his groin against the Warriors on December 25.More news: Sheriff's office: 13-year-old missing WI girl found alive
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The Lakers have been outscored in the fourth quarter three times in the last four contests, which includes giving up a game-winning shot to Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings.
Meanwhile, too often, Mavericks players stood around seemingly waiting for Doncic or Smith to go one-on-one and make something happen.
"I was like "no don't trade Kuzma" because I thought he had the potential, outside of Lonzo, to be the best pro".
"I would have said we are what we're supposed to be", Walton replied.
James underwent an MRI the following day and said on Twitter he "dodged a bullet".
"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".