As the Lakers are set to embark on a journey that they hope will land them in the playoff this April, they will need to have contributions from their young core, led by Brandon Ingram, to help LeBron James carry the load in Los Angeles.
James threw down a thunderous dunk Thursday night for his first points with his new franchise.
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Lillard finished with a game-high 28 points as he and shooting guard CJ McCollum (21 points) ran riot for the Trail Blazers in the second half. Nik Stauskas added 24 points for Portland, which has won its home opener in 18 consecutive seasons now.
In a move that was telegraphed for much of the week and should come as no surprised, Lonzo Ball will not start tonight's regular-season opener in Portland against the Trail Blazers.
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While the 2018 Lakers are still full of questions, there's little doubt that James is still the best player in basketball.
"It [is] going to take patience from our team, from all of us", James said.
The four-time MVP appeared frustrated at various stages and was a bit rusty after sending a couple of wild passes out of bounds as he takes time to adjust to playing with his new teammates.
"We're literally less than a month in", James said of the team since training camp started at the end of September. "We want to get there". You're going to go through some adversity.