Sluggish Lakers put on a dismal display in loss to Raptors

Sluggish Lakers put on a dismal display in loss to Raptors

If Toronto Raptors power forward Kawhi Leonard plays Sunday night in Los Angeles against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, don't expect him to play Monday night in Utah.

Sloppy play once again came back to hurt the Lakers as they committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 overall, but somehow managed to hang on.

"You always just stay even-keel when you come in for games", James said.

Lakers president Magic Johnson met with Walton last Tuesday about the team's slow start, but Johnson told the Los Angeles Times the discussion had nothing to do with Walton's job security and he'll finish the season as the team's coach "unless something drastic happens, which it won't".

"We haven't played that well on the road". It will be interesting to see how the Raptors move forward, though, especially if Toronto is able to compile yet another victory without the team's best player on the court. "We got a W, and I'm happier now than scoring a lot of points [in a loss]". "The first quarter we just came out sluggish and looked like [we were on] a back-to-back, like we got in late. When you get into a comfort zone early like that, shots are going to fall".

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Pistons center Andre Drummond had 25 points and 24 rebounds in his team's 120-115 loss to the Heat.

"You still learn from it", James said.

Leonard, twice the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, left Friday night's game with a jammed foot, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. You don't put too much into it.

"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even keeled". But you never let the outside noise get to you and if you do that, that can cause you problems.

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