Losing Lakers wearing thin on LeBron

The case for Brandon Ingram to start in place of Kyle Kuzma

The case for Brandon Ingram to start in place of Kyle Kuzma

"You win games on defense", he said. They ended up also seeing exactly what the Timberwolves will be missing when Jimmy Butler eventually gets his wish and escapes the Twin Cities.

The Lakers took their biggest lead at 90-85 on a 3-pointer by Lance Stephenson with 3:28 left in the third quarter and maintained a 94-93 advantage entering the fourth. "We stressed that. We understood that and still allowed them to get second chance points, you can't do that on the road". He's averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game, numbers that have never been put up over a full season by a first-year National Basketball Association player. "Of course, I thought Jimmy all-around throughout the game was terrific".

We get it. LeBron demands greatness and perfection from his teammates.

Former Duke Basketball star Tyus Jones also played in this game for the Timberwolves and he scored three points in 16 minutes of action. "I guess their energy kind of helped ours".

Thibodeau is holding onto Butler, and would simply let him walk as a free agent next July if he had his way, because he knows the Wolves have little chance of making the playoffs without the All-Star.

James meanwhile, posted 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but could not prevent the Lakers from going 2-5 at this early stage of the season.

Almost nine months later, James is in the Western Conference and Butler is hoping to get traded. During the players' introduction, Butler received a lot of boos which eventually turned into cheers when the former Bull delighted the home crowd of 18, 978 fans by scoring the Wolves' first two points. You have to have that mentality. "We know that. We talk about patience, but we can't have reoccurrence of doing the same things over and over and over again and expecting a different result", said James, who added 10 rebounds and seven assists on the 15th anniversary of his professional debut. "I think we get stagnant on the offensive end, and on the defensive end we don't have the attention to detail we need to win", he said. Unfortunately for the Wolves franchise, his main priority is to get out of Minnesota as soon as possible.

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