Luke Walton: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram Need To Show More Fight

Report: LeBron James Could Return From Injury to Face Cavs

Report: LeBron James Could Return From Injury to Face Cavs

The Lakers have failed to cover the spread in six straight Monday games and in four of their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. We need that all the time from him. That's more diving for loose balls, communicating loudly, grabbing [rebounds]. It's not just them, but until we get healthy again we have to play in this league with some passion and fire.

Barea could only laugh when told he led the team with three assists, saying, "You can't win the game like that. You have to give double that effort when guys are down".

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James bends over after straining his groin during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif.

The injury bug hasn't been kind to the Los Angeles Lakers, costing them a number of wins as the likes of LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo have all missed multiple games.

Of course, part of the problem is that it isn't just James out of action for Los Angeles.

With LeBron on the bench, Ingram sees improvements in true shooting percentage (up from.498 to.530), assist ratio (from 10.2 to 13.6) and rebound percentage (from 5.6 to 7.9 percent).

Dallas led 67-54 at halftime but had its worst-scoring half of the season with just 30 points after the break - fewer than it scored in either of the first two quarters. I didn't care about shooting, I didn't care about making shots, if they went in, touches, play calls, nothing like that.

"We needed a win", he said.

Despite being severely undermanned, the team is still expected to compete and play with tenacity, but recent losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks have revealed apathy instead. Dallas is 18-21 on the season, 15-3 at home, 24-15 against the spread and 20-19 with the over.

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