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

07 November, 2018, 10:19 | Author: Delia Walker
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The Raptors have been very cautious with Leonard in the early going, and Nurse already had told ESPN after Friday's game in Phoenix that Leonard would be sitting out one half of the team's back-to-backs indefinitely, having already sat out one half in each of Toronto's first two this season.

Lakers and National Basketball Association reporter for ESPN.

Ibaka set the tone for Toronto's romp with a blistering first quarter, scoring 20 of Toronto's 42 points in the opening 12 minutes, outscoring the Lakers on his own in the process. If there was a mercy rule in basketball the Lakers would have exercised it in the first.

"It's going to be very, very hard to make a game out of that when you're trying to expend so much energy trying to get back in it".

Lakers coach Luke Walton said a star's absence, as counterintuitive as it might sound, can actually help that player's team in the short term. At the point of attack we allowed them to get where they wanted to go however they wanted to go to start the game.




"You always just stay even keel when you come in for games or you come in for practices and you're going for film sessions, you get better then".

Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors recorded their eighth consecutive win over the Lakers since 2014.

With that said, Utah will also be without its best offensive player in this spot, with Donovan Mitchell absent with an ankle sprain.

"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even-keeled", James said. But you never let the outside noise get to you and if you do that, that can cause you problems.

After Sunday's outburst, Ibaka is averaging a career-high 18.1 points per game, while his 56.8 percent shooting percentage and 7.6 rebounds per game are the highest totals he has posted in years.

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