Lakers star (groin) remains out, to be re-evaluated in a week

Posted January 09, 2019

James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists during his first season with the Lakers.

LA Lakers are witnessing how gloomy life can be without LeBron James, as they are now 1-5 since LeBron suffered that groin injury in the historic Christmas day win against the Warriors. The record of LeBron James' teams when the King was forced to be on the sidelines over the last few seasons. "That's more diving for loose balls, communicating loudly, grabbing [rebounds]", said Walton about Ball and Ingram.

Worthy explained on Spectrum Sportsnet that the way the team played as a unit, rather than relying exclusively on James for points, showed how far they had come.

Additionally, with so many key pieces missing, the spotlight has fallen on Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball to pick up the slack.

Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract this summer. We need that all the time from him. The Mavericks have won 13 of their last 14 at American Airlines Center, outscoring opponents by 10.6 points per game and limiting teams to 102.2 points during that run.

Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 24 rebounds for Orlando. It's hard to win in this league when you're healthy.

James is still expected to miss another week's worth of games. Guard Rajon Rondo is recovering from surgery on his finger in late December and won't return until at least late January, and Kyle Kuzma missed Friday's game against the Knicks and is questionable for Sunday. "We got to be a lot better if we want to win games, and the performance we had yesterday wasn't going to get it done".

Dallas wrapped up a four-game road trip on Saturday with a 106-100 loss at Philadelphia.

At the end of three quarters, the Lakers, who shot 38.2 percent from the floor in the first half compared to Dallas' 59.5 percent, held a 32-5 edge in fastbreak points.