LeBron James Not Fazed By Franchise-Worst First Quarter Vs. Raptors

Marcus Newton
November 7, 2018

But despite missing four of Toronto's first 11 outings, Leonard continues to lead the team in points per game, rebounds per game, and steals per game, and has vaulted to a +650 bet on the odds to win NBA MVP, well ahead of the +950 odds he sported on opening night.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suggested a major trade for the Lakers this morning. Serge Ibaka stood out for Toronto in Leonard's absence, scoring 26 in the first half and finishing with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting.

The Lakers followed up perhaps their best win of the season on Saturday with one of the worst first quarters in franchise history on Sunday.

Lakers president Magic Johnson met with Walton last Tuesday about the team's slow start, but Johnson told the Los Angeles Times the discussion had nothing to do with Walton's job security and he'll finish the season as the team's coach "unless something drastic happens, which it won't".

"It was very, very hard to make a game of it when you are trying to expend so much energy trying to get back into it", said James.

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

Pistons center Andre Drummond had 25 points and 24 rebounds in his team's 120-115 loss to the Heat. They did so without their top player, Kawhi Leonard, who sat out the game due to left ankle soreness. "There was a lot of things we could have done better today".

"He did a little bit of both".

"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 problems".

Winners of just 27 games last season, the Kings are off to a respectable 6-4 SU start, powered by a recent five-game win streak.

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