Kobe Bryant says there’s no doubt Lakers will make playoffs

Doug Mendoza
October 19, 2018

For the final home season in Oakland, the Warriors have three additional games that top $700 in average asking price - $791 for the February 23 Rockets game, $749 for the January 3 Rockets game, and $715 for the March 5 Boston Celtics game.

James will make his Lakers home debut against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Since the Lakers have a ton of new players, many aren't expecting them to get off to the best start.

With the Lakers in pursuit of their 17th championship and first since the 2009-10 season, James has an opportunity to add to his legacy.

"I was right there, first row", said Lonzo Ball, who came off the bench behind starter Rajon Rondo. "The (championships) rings are great and obscenely attractive - but the moment the banner goes up is the best for me".

He led the league in minutes for the second straight year, and he also made the all-NBA first team for the 11th straight season. In free agency, the Lakers purposely surrounded James with multiple ball handlers and did not sign shooting specialists like the Cleveland Cavaliers had done with James in the past. Portis dropped 13 points in the first quarter on a flawless 5-for-5 shooting, ending the night with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Ingram also greatly improved his shooting numbers a year ago as from the floor he shot 47.0% from the field and 39.0% from beyond the three point arc. "I mean, we've seen it in practice and I was really happy for him to start the season like that with a new team". I think back to the Boston Garden, going to the new Garden. Portland won the rebounding battle 54-46 and tallied 56 points in the paint, as Kuzma and James did their best to contend with longer matchups inside.

James had 18 points but collected a third foul with 6:04 left in the half.

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The Western Conference favorites won only one of five preseason games, and closed with back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I do think in this league anything can happen so there's some teams in the Western Conference, if clicking right, if healthy - injuries play a role not just for the Warriors but throughout this league - so that can play a part in it", former Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "So we've got some young guys we're going to count on".

Everything in the West just got a little harder and it's all because of that one man.

"Meyers got me open on two good looks in that first quarter", Stauskas would say afterward.

The Lakers are hoping their up-and-coming core adjusts to playing alongside James quicker than expected. "But when we are focused and in tune with each other, understanding what we're trying to do to be successful, obviously we're tough".

Durant played the final National Basketball Association game in KeyArena for the Seattle SuperSonics a decade ago before the franchise's relocation to Oklahoma City, then returned for a nostalgic exhibition earlier this month in the venue's last event.

Walton said James going 82-for-82 again is "definitely a possibility".

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