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Walton: Lakers needs 'more passion' from Ball, Ingram

Walton: Lakers needs 'more passion' from Ball, Ingram

The Lakers have dropped 3 of 4 games without the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player.

Zach LaVine had 27 points for Chicago, and Bobby Portis scored 17 in 20 minutes off the bench after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting.

Coach Luke Walton lit a fire under two underperforming Lakers on Sunday after his gutted team dropped its fifth in six games without LeBron James.

LeBron James won't return to the Los Angeles Lakers for at least a week.

The Lakers led by four points at the start of the fourth quarter but were outscored 29-18 and fell to a third loss in four games, having blown double-digit leads against the Kings and Clippers in that run. The Lakers have failed to cover in their last three as well.

The Lakers are putting up 112.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.




Even if he is deemed healthy in a week and is able to play on January 11 against the Utah Jazz, he will have missed eight games.

With 10 losses in its last 13 games, the Mavericks (18-21) are in danger of giving up all the ground they gained by winning 12 of their previous 15. However, at home, Dallas is averaging 113.6 on offense while giving up 105.9 on defense.

James ranks fifth in the National Basketball Association in scoring with 27.3 points a game and is also averaging 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists a game.

Mavericks: J.J. Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a USA high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

How do their struggles change the perception of them going forward as prospects and what impact could that shift make on the upcoming trade deadline? Look for the Mavs to continue those trends at home against this short-handed Los Angeles team.

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