The Lakers won for just the second time in seven games since James strained his groin on Christmas Day, and they swept the season series from the Mavericks 3-0.
James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 34 games with the Lakers.
Coach Luke Walton, who already was without James (groin), Rajon Rondo (finger) and Michael Beasley (personal reasons) in the loss, is hopeful Kuzma doesn't make the Lakers' injury list any longer. At some point, we need more passion, we need more fight. In a shock to the National Basketball Association world of the Thibodeau firing, the real shock was the Lakers let Walton keep his job after the team fell behind 22-3 in the first quarter. It's not just them, but until we get healthy again, you gotta play in this league with some passion and fire to win. Despite four games at home, they have gone 1-5 with their lone win coming over the upstart Sacramento Kings. Since their absence, it's been up to Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram to step up their play and lead the Lakers.
Wolves update: The Wolves will take the floor for a third straight game without Robert Covington, whose ailing right knee will keep him out indefinitely. It's hard to win in this league when you're healthy.
Where Los Angeles really missed James prior to Sunday's loss was in the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 24 rebounds for Orlando. "So, they know that we need them, and they'll get it going for us". Luka Doncic is averaging 19.4 points and 4.9 assists while Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Dallas then opened the third quarter with consecutive turnovers, and Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, who returned to the lineup and scored 13 points, drained a pair of 3-pointers to start the run.