LeBron James' LA Lakers lose 108-104 to Orlando Magic

Sherman Parsons
November 27, 2018

At first, you may think thats a weak start for a team with the best player in the world, but when you look closer, you'll see that this is a trend very common trend with James's teams. "That one comes and goes".

"We've learned that lesson on both sides", Lakers coach Luke Walton said. As winners of seven of their last eight games, the Lakers are beginning to have a set rotation and getting used to playing with each other. "But we're not going to win many games like that, when you turn the ball over 24 times and just have 10 assists".

Now, the Denver Nuggets will battle the Los Angeles Lakers on their home court in a re-match which could have more implications than one would expect. If that trend continues then the Lakers should be excited about their future time with Nikola Vucevic in the starting lineup, as he just spent an entire Sunday afternoon ripping them to shreds bringing to light the quality of play he's been putting on display all season, leading the Magic to a 10-10 record.

Lakers: JaVale McGee finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks.

Still, James is arguably the best decision maker ever with the ball in his hands so he still requires handling the majority of the offense.

LeBron James scored 24 points, but committed a game-high six turnovers, as the Lakers fell to the Magic.

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Neither team did much to distinguish itself early on the first game back from Thanksgiving.

Without Mitchell, the Jazz lost their third straight game to the Lakers at Staples Center.

It is becoming abundantly clear that the Lakers' fortunes this year are going to hinge largely on Ingram and Kuzma, which is looking more and more like a problem. That defensive focus was evident early in the Sunday game as the Lakers held Orlando to 19 points in the first quarter.

Ingram has been aggressive all season, but in the process he has forgotten how to move the ball.

"Take it to the basket", Ball said of the advice he received at the team's morning meeting and before the Lakers' last game at Cleveland.

James excelled in most facets of the game this week but is having trouble with turnovers and free throws. Since signing Tyson Chandler, the Lakers' defense has been really strong with the ability to have a true center on the court at all times. But as this week showed, they have a long way to go before they will become a good team.

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