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But there are multiple other narratives outside of Los Angeles that are worth keeping up with. While James will command most of the attention on the offensive end, Ingram will have a golden opportunity to put up points as the team's second option.
What did you think of Lonzo's comments?
"It's not instant oatmeal". It is not that fast. Especially when he essentially scoffs at the notion that they won't make it. The Lakers scored six in a row to draw within 79-78.
"It helped me more so mentally just to get away from the game for a minute and miss it", Green said. "We were down double digits".
"We've been exposed at times in terms of when we're not extremely locked in that we can be beat". No one anticipated the play and the ball ended up bouncing harmlessly into the stands. "Those were all positives". He's the best player in the world for a reason.
James was a picture of tranquility before the game, setting the mood for his Lakers debut with a mahogany teakwood-scented candle burning in the empty locker stall next to him.
Since the Lakers have a ton of new players, many aren't expecting them to get off to the best start. Less than 20 seconds later, James came through the lane to throw down another rim-rattling dunk.
So why are so many people around the league wondering if you'll survive the season? In free agency, the Lakers purposely surrounded James with multiple ball handlers and did not sign shooting specialists like the Cleveland Cavaliers had done with James in the past.
Kevin Durant will go up against his former team for the eighth time since leaving as a free agent in 2016, but likely won't go head-to-head with longtime teammate Russell Westbrook, who is expected to begin the season on the sidelines following arthroscopic knee surgery.
"I think they are going to try to win it now". Portland won the rebounding battle 54-46 and tallied 56 points in the paint, as Kuzma and James did their best to contend with longer matchups inside. But Lillard answered with a 3-pointer to spark an 18-6 run.
Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas scored 24 points off the bench for Portland, which won its National Basketball Association record 18th straight home opener.
"He made a lot of good momentum plays, got some key blocks, a tip in", said Portland Coach Terry Stotts. We're not going to just rest somebody just to rest them.
Everything in the West just got a little harder and it's all because of that one man.
"He really got in a groove and the guy can shoot, we've seen it in practice", coach Terry Stotts said about Stauskas. "In fact, we're trying to use it as something to grow a bond in our group".
Walton said James going 82-for-82 again is "definitely a possibility". "So, it's still early. There's teams that can, but you've got to do it, and you're going to have to do it four times". You're going to go through some adversity.