Too bad, because there were a TON of big stars who came out to see the Lakers at Staples Center including Denzel Washington, Odell Beckham, Brian Ortega, Canelo Alvarez, Chris Bosh and more.
Serge Ibaka outscored the Lakers by himself in the first quarter, and he didn't miss a shot until the third.
Though the final scoreline saw the Raptors win by just 14 points, the Lakers never really threatened to win the game. As I stewed over what to predict for the game against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, I found myself quite conflicted.
LeBron finished the game with 18 points, two rebounds, and six assists in 28 minutes. "He's using his size, his power, and using pretty good footwork, so it's something we can go to".
"If teams are going to play small like that and they're gonna switch, then we can send him inside and he can either hurt them with the deep catch post-up, or hurt them on the glass", Nurse said.
Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and added 15 assists, breaking the franchise record of seven consecutive games of double-digit assists in the process.
"There are a lot of things we could have done better", James said. "There's a sense of freedom and joy that comes when a top player like that is out".
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is out for Monday's game against the Utah Jazz as he continues to battle an ankle injury, TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports. As long as Leonard plays, I'm fully on board with Toronto. The Lakers would love to sign a second superstar like Leonard, who grew up in the Inland Empire area, one hour east of Los Angeles. If there was a mercy rule in basketball the Lakers would have exercised it in the first. The Lakers made the game - which the Raptors led by 31 points at one juncture - closer than expected as they outscored Toronto 27-20 in the fourth quarter.
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Raptors are a 3-point favorite on the spread line.