LeBron James warns Lakers to ignore 'outside noise' after latest defeat

Lynette Rowe
November 6, 2018

The Lakers are back in action at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. "He did a little bit of both". The Raptors push their lead to as many as 31 points in the first half, but the Lakers fight back in the second half. "We got off to an unbelievable start".

LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world.

While we can't expect LeBron to just cancel his plans every time the Lakers lose, it's not surprising that fans criticized James after he scored 18 points in a loss against a team that did not have its best player on the floor in Kawhi Leonard. "I don't either. It's a long season, so we're thinking about the long road", Leonard said Friday night after the Raptors ran their record to 8-1 with a 107-98 win in Phoenix.

One way to keep him fresh is not to play him on consecutive nights, Nurse said, adding, "I don't think we've decided how long that's gonna be yet". "They just came out and hit us right in the mouth, and it's going to be very hard to make a game of that when you're trying to expend so much energy to get back into it". "We tried to explain that that's part of how this works, but it doesn't seem like we took that to heart".

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Leonard is sitting out for the third time in his first 10 games with the Raptors.

There was no word on whether Leonard would potentially be available for Monday night's game in Utah against the Jazz. In that scenario, he would play Monday, according to Nurse. But this game was destined to be a tough one for the Lakers.

The Lakers' first quarter was shockingly bad.

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