Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:46 am

(9-7) LAKERS at CAVALIERS (2-13)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 5:00 PM PDT
Quicken Loans Arena • Cleveland, OH

Referees: Mike Callahan (#24), Dedric Taylor (#21), JB DeRosa (#62)

Replay Center: Tony Brothers, Lauren Holtkamp, Gediminas Petraitis, Derek Richardson

Line: Lakers (er, LeBrons?) -9

Local TV: Spectrum SportsNet National TV: ESPN

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GAME PREVIEW: LAKERS AT CAVALIERS


by NBA.COM

During commercials for LeBron James' return to Cleveland, ESPN is using the song "The Way We Were" while mixing in highlights of James' second stint with the Cavaliers.

How the Cavaliers were with James and how they are without the superstar are two starkly different things.

While James dons the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers are struggling to recover from losing him in free agency for the second time.

James will get a first-hand look at his former team Wednesday night when the Lakers visit the league-worst Cavaliers in Cleveland.

James will be facing the Cavaliers for the 14th time and seventh time in Cleveland. The first 13 games and six visits were with the Miami Heat, to whom James took "his talents to" in a televised special in July 2010.

This time, James simply departed in a more low-key manner after leading the Cavaliers to four straight appearances in the NBA Finals and led them back from a 3-1 deficit in 2016 to win the city's first championship of any kind since 1964.

On Dec. 2, 2010, James was met with vitriol when he first returned to Cleveland with Miami and scored 38 points in a 118-90 rout. This time, James will be feted with a video tribute and likely hear loud cheers even if he is downplaying what the reaction might be.

"I don't know," James told reporters Sunday while discussing his return to Cleveland. "I don't try to put too much into it. I will go out there and see if we can keep this thing going. I think we are playing some really good ball right now.

"I will see some familiar faces like I did when I arrived here. I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise obviously and then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work. It will be good to see some of my family that will come to the game, see some of my friends as well and get the thing going."

James' new team heads to Cleveland on its best roll of the season. The Lakers are 4-1 in their last five games after James scored 51 points in Sunday's victory over the Heat.

Including Game 1 of last season's NBA Finals, it was James' 13th career 50-point game, and during the last five games, he is averaging 33.6 points on 56.1 percent shooting.

"He's the best player in the world and I think we all have a tremendous amount of respect for him, being on the inside and watching his habits on a daily basis," Cleveland's Kyle Korver told reporters.

Cleveland went 97-215 in the four seasons James spent with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, and the Cavs and is off to a league-worst 2-13 start this season, going 0-6 before firing Tyronn Lue and 2-7 since Larry Drew replaced Lue.

Eight of Cleveland's losses are by double digits, including Monday's 113-102 setback at Detroit when the Cavaliers trailed by as many as 30. In their 13 losses, the Cavs have trailed by 20 eight times, mostly because they are getting outscored by 58 points in the first quarter in their defeats.

"I think if you look at the stat sheet, we can clearly see where, from a physical standpoint, we don't have a true presence at the start of the game. The team (Detroit) scored, I believe, 38 points in the first quarter," Drew told reporters. "Our game prior to this, the Wizards, I think, they had a big first quarter as well. So right now, we have no defensive presence, we lack physicality and it's getting us off to a very rough start."

For the past four years, Kevin Love was James' sidekick, but he is still recovering from a left foot surgery. J.R. Smith also will not play as the Cavaliers announced Tuesday they parted ways with the veteran guard, who has been in and out of the rotation.

Other than Love only three players remain from the 2016 championship team (Tristan Thompson, Korver and Channing Frye) and James will likely see plenty of rookie guard Collin Sexton.

Sexton was acquired with the first-round pick Boston sent Cleveland for Kyrie Irving in a move that reportedly irked James. Sexton scored 18 points Monday and is averaging 18.6 points in five starts and 13.2 points overall.


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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:45 am

Cook these turkeys :eatpilgrim:

LeBron shouldn't need more than 28 minutes - let our side-dishes pop these Cold Ducks, and let's just keep improving our lineups, defense and shooting.

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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:02 pm

If Lonzo lets Sexton go off, he's gonna need a SEXTANT to chart where he needs to go . . starting to really not feel this kid(d).

C'MON LAKERS.
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby srafrank » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:20 pm

Si se puede !!!
Prodigal Son returns.
James comes home to a love fest.
His coming home party is a wrap!!!
Lakers put the icing on the cake!!!
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby Nycitylaker » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:39 pm

Ball is ballin. Most aggressive I’ve seen all season. Not chuckin but driving.
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:43 pm

In related news: Boston and Portland are losing :kingclaphands:
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:09 pm

lakerevolution wrote:In related news: Boston and Portland are losing :kingclaphands:


Yeah, but WTF?!! At least Lonzo is showing signs of life on offense. His defense is also superb. Yeesh. We're playing catch up in the 4th and letting Nance and Clarkson beat us?

87-96? FUCK. Soon Lawler's Law will come into play. The Cavs have had control of this game ever since we had a 4-0 start.
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:13 pm

Absolutely unacceptable.

Better wheel the drawing board into the visiting locker room and give Luke a bunch of sharpened No. 2s.
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:23 pm

lakerevolution wrote:Absolutely unacceptable.

Better wheel the drawing board into the visiting locker room and give Luke a bunch of sharpened No. 2s.


Fuck Doris Burke. Trade Ingram for Bradley Beal. He's 25, entering his prime, is a better fit for what LeBron and the Lakers need, and gives us a second legitimate, consistent player WHO CAN SHOOT THE THREE.

JUST DO IT, ROB!
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:34 pm

Down to the wire. Yeah, that ugly team in Washington, D.C. can't seem to do anything right. And the Wizards aren't very good, either :dedhors:

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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:40 pm

lakerevolution wrote:Down to the wire. Yeah, that ugly team in Washington, D.C. can't seem to do anything right. And the Wizards aren't very good, either :dedhors:

#MakeLakersGreatAgain


Well, Lawler's Law is undefeated except when it isn't, but we beat 'em to 100 tonight and LeBron pulled out this stinker for us, so BINGO! #7 seed, only 1.5 games out of the #1 seed (never mind only 3.5 games ahead of the #14 seed).
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby srafrank » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:51 pm

Can you dig in!!! Road is good for us.
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Re: Game 17: 11/21/18 Lakers at Cavaliers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:48 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:
lakerevolution wrote:Down to the wire. Yeah, that ugly team in Washington, D.C. can't seem to do anything right. And the Wizards aren't very good, either :dedhors:

#MakeLakersGreatAgain


Well, Lawler's Law is undefeated except when it isn't, but we beat 'em to 100 tonight and LeBron pulled out this stinker for us, so BINGO! #7 seed, only 1.5 games out of the #1 seed (never mind only 3.5 games ahead of the #14 seed).


BINGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Lakers win to go to 10-7 :eatpilgrim:
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