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Lakers star LeBron James to be re-evaluated Friday

Lakers star LeBron James to be re-evaluated Friday

In addition to James' absence, Los Angeles opted to sit starting forward Kyle Kuzma due to a back contusion. The past few games, the Lakers have been without James, Kuzma, and Rajon Rondo.

As their 15-point lead unraveled against the LeBron James-less Lakers, the Mavericks looked to stabilize themselves with two reliable 2018-19 season intangibles Monday night.

The four-time NBA MVP already has missed four games after getting hurt during the Lakers' victory at Golden State on Christmas.

Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 29 points, Lonzo Ball had 21 and Michael Beasley, with 13 points, was key contributor in a third quarter the Lakers won, 32-13.

Even if he is deemed healthy in a week and is able to play on January 11 against the Utah Jazz, he will have missed eight games.

Two JaVale McGee dunks and then a handsome Ingram drive and layup to make it 106-97 with 1:03 to go, sealing Los Angeles' third consecutive win over Dallas this season. As expected without three key guys, the Lakers aren't winning games and they aren't playing well.




This was supposed to be an opportunity for the team's two rising stars to show what they can do without James pulling outsized weight.

But Carter believes Kuzma is showing that he is capable of being a star alongside James beyond this season. Ellington has also struggled from behind the arc, and this is the area that the Lakers need the most help.

Dallas wrapped up its four-game road trip with back-to-back losses after a 106-100 setback at Philadelphia on Saturday. "There's a tendency for it to "stick" with us and we've gotta get away from it".

"We've got to pass it more", Carlisle said. The Lakers have failed to cover in their last three as well. The No. 3 overall pick has shot better than 50 percent in just one of his last 10 games, averaging 22.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

Dallas fell for just the fourth time at home this season.

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