Lonzo Ball praises Julius Randle as Lakers' 'enforcer'

Aubrey Yates
March 13, 2018

The Lakers - now the 3rd-ranked team in the Pacific Division standings with a 30-36 overall record - will be back in action on Tuesday night, as they're scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets inside the Staples Center.

James can opt out of his contract after this season, and his presence in Los Angeles inspired a Lakers fan to purchase four billboards in the city.

LOS ANGELES - The Cavaliers are again in a rut.

Thomas embraced with several of his former teammates, including LeBron, prior to tip-off.

After the victory, in which Thomas scored 20 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed five rebounds, he told reporters the following.

Despite rumors that Thomas has "no love" for Cavs All-Star LeBron James, there were no signs of bad blood before, during or after the game.

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Former Laker Larry Nance Jr. - playing against his former team for the first time since he and Jordan Clarkson were traded to Cleveland for Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick - had 16 points.

The Lakers' entire season has been created to prove their young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and probably Randle could fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins - or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.

However, even James' efforts weren't enough in the crucial third quarter as the Lakers turned the game into a rout. He was the only Cleveland starter outside James to score in double-figures.

Paul also represents Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which gives Johnson leeway to talk to the agent (and might not be purely coincidental). The forward finished with five points in Utah's win over the Pelicans.

"It was something I always knew I could do", Randle said.

From the Lakers making a strong free agency case directly to LeBron to a personal revenge game for one Laker, these are my three takeaways from the Lakers-Cavs matchup that involved plenty of talking points leading into the game. "I took it as another game and I just wanted to win and we did a hell of a job as a team beating that really good team over there".

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