Lonzo Ball praises Julius Randle as Lakers' 'enforcer'

Matt Barnes Lonzo Ball'a talented kid in both basketball and music

Matt Barnes Lonzo Ball'a talented kid in both basketball and music

They lost to the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, who are eighth and 11th, respectively, in the Western Conference standings.

It was the presence of LeBron James that reignited the talks of the summer. They struggle in free throw percentage (#30), three point percentage (#29) and turnovers per game (#29).

Ingram has put together a strong second year that has led to him becoming a more consistent offensive contributor now averaging 16.2 points per game on 46.9 percent shooting from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc.

With the aforementioned 27th draft pick from the Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers selected the steal of the draft in Utah State's Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers rank 23rd in the National Basketball Association with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.181, while Cleveland ranks second in FTA rate allowed (0.166).

The Cavaliers have climbed the rankings this season in points per game (#5), field goal percentage (#6) and assists per game (#8). He is progressing well, but the Lakers expect him to miss at least two more games.

According to ESPN's Buccigross, the Cavaliers will have the opportunity to offer him more money than any player has taken home in Association history.

Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, who said the Cavaliers "panicked" in January when they traded him to Los Angeles, chipped in 20 points against his former team.

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The Lakers are 1-2 this season against the Nuggets, and both of their losses have featured tension in the final minutes.

Those days are over, and that player has been replaced by a dominant interior presence who just scored 36 points against the Cavs and stifled LeBron James. The forward finished with five points in Utah's win over the Pelicans. The Raptors fell one point shy of their highest total of the season, set in a victory over Cleveland on January 11.

One of the big question marks for the Lakers this offseason will be what they decide to do with Julius Randle. Against the spread, their record is 4-3, with an average pre-game line of 1.1 and an average 5.9 against the spread. Cleveland shot 46.6 percent from the floor. The Lakers had a 51-37 rebounding edge.

Los Angeles ranks second in second chance points per game (14.5) while Cleveland ranks 22nd (11.4).

Los Angeles ranks second in fast break points per game (17.3) while Cleveland ranks 13th (12.4).

Randle added 14 rebounds and seven assists to his career game, while Lopez and Thomas scored 22 and 20 markers, respectively, as the Lakers improved to 30-36 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

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