LeBron James says Lonzo Ball 'doesn't realize how great he is'

Marcus Newton
November 27, 2018

But there needs to be an urgency to get Los Angeles through this season considering at 11-8, they might be just 2 games back from first in the West, but they're also only 2½ games ahead of 13th. Their offense, which is now ranked 12th in efficiency, ranks 18th in offensive rating in the 4th quarter.

Nikola Vucevic had 31 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and Terrence Ross made a go-ahead lay-up with 34 seconds left to help the Magic beat the Lakers 108-104 on Sunday.

The Lakers are already above.500, but they need more of a contribution from Brandon Ingram.

That has to change and Ingram knows it.

Despite the fact that Ball was not particularly efficient from the field (4-for-10) in the win, LeBron reiterated that the Lakers benefited from Lonzo pushing the pace and attacking the defense as that only makes Los Angeles more hard to contain on the offensive end.

"Obviously [Mitchell] is a very good player, but we got to do [it] with the guys that are available", Gobert added. Ball and Ingram are likely the Lakers' two best perimeter defenders, further upping the importance of them defensively.

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While James's excellence ensures highlight reel plays, Gordon has the freakish athletic ability to go head to head with "The King" in terms of show-stopping dunks, rather than their all-round games.

107.7 - That's the average number of points Orlando score per 100 possessions, meaning they rank 22nd in offensive rating. "We think we have a game, we're up 18 and we give in, and we find a way to win it. ..."

Lonzo Ball had his best game of the season against the Cavaliers.

Magic Johnson said before the start of the season that Ball needed to learn how to attack the paint and make defenses respect him as a scorer, and while his scoring numbers are down from 2017, Ball may be starting to turn the corner as a more efficient scorer.

Ross got to the rim to break the 104-104 deadlock after James missed a step-back 3-pointer.

There's no such thing as a team having too many good decision makers. The less we're passing the ball, the more we're turning it over, which shouldn't be the case. And they must do so while also finding the balance to assert themselves with their newfound aggression. James returned to Cleveland for the first time since signing with the Lakers as a free agent this summer.

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