James missed 17 games with a groin injury, returning against the Los Angeles Clippers last week, before sitting out the Lakers" last game against the Golden State Warriors due to "load management'.
So each time one of those Lakers players headed to the line - whether it was JaVale McGee, Brandon Ingram or Kyle Kuzma - they got the heckle treatment. His effort on both ends of the floor was lacking, and the Lakers were demolished 136-94 by a Victor Oladipo-less Pacers team. Their window of opportunity slams shut on Thursday.
The Lakers reportedly pulled out of trade talks with the Pelicans this week after their offer of Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and draft picks was not enough to entice New Orleans into parting with Davis, though the deal isn't dead with the National Basketball Association trade deadline on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. ET.
"Yeah, I heard it".
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points and pulled down 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves, his two free throws with 15.7 seconds left knotting the score at 106-106.More news: Facebook Messenger app: You can now delete messages sent with Messenger
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Things only got worse in the second with in going on a 14-2 run to begin the quarter.
"It's a good win for us", said point-guard Cory Joseph who had 13 points off the bench.
When asked about the speculation, James said: "I know it's got to be tough on a lot of our guys, especially our young guys".
"They've just never been a part of it and they're hearing it every single day", he said. I've been through and heard way worse things in my life. "So, that definitely can't help.' On the court, Bojan Bogdanovic opened the game by scoring all of the Pacers" points in a 10-2 spurt, and the Lakers never recovered. Myles Turner added 22 points and Thaddeus Young chipped in 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for an Indian team that notched a third straight victory.