Lakers' Start is Strikingly Similar to LeBron's Last Two With New Teams

Lakers' Start is Strikingly Similar to LeBron's Last Two With New Teams

While his averages are similar to what they were last season, Ingram has done a good job and certainly was a key factor in the win over the Jazz.

After a 7-3 run, ending with a heart-breaking loss at the buzzer to the Toronto Raptors, the Orlando Magic are looking to regain some consistency through a tough five-game road trip and gain a foothold in the upper-tier of the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers, who upped their record to 11-7, also snapped a seven-game skid against the Jazz. "But we're not going to win many games like that, when you turn the ball over 24 times and just have 10 assists".

Vucevic, who played at USC, made 15-of-23 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds.

It really shouldn't be a surprise that Orlando ranks high in limiting turnovers, considering Steve Clifford's teams in Charlotte perennially were among the best in this area during his five seasons as head coach of the Hornets. Orlando held its their first lead of the game at 51-49 with less than a minute to play in the second quarter before a James 3-pointer put the Lakers up 52-51 at the half.

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Neither team did much to distinguish itself early on the first game back from Thanksgiving. Brandon Ingram was able to score 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor. After the Lakers were blown out in Orlando, most assumed they would be ready for revenge in the rematch at Staples Center to end the week.

It is becoming abundantly clear that the Lakers' fortunes this year are going to hinge largely on Ingram and Kuzma, which is looking more and more like a problem. Considering the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz haven't found their rhythm yet, LeBron's Lakers need to gain a foothold early and not lose winnable games at home.

Ingram's campaign was interrupted by a four-game suspension levied against him for his part in the ugly Rockets-Lakers brawl in the season's opening week.

But as Lakers coach Luke Walton aptly pointed out, focusing on the misses by James and Caldwell-Pope kind of misses the point.

He is hampered by an injured ankle, but whether that is the real problem or not, he is really struggling on both ends of the court and especially on defense, which is supposed to be his strong suit. The Jazz shot 38.8 percent from the field, and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line. The good news is that the Lakers are still playing well despite the fact that they are still developing team chemistry.

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