Lakers' Kyle Kuzma suffers lower back contusion

Mae Harvey
January 12, 2019

Los Angeles earned just its second victory in seven games playing without injured star LeBron James.

"He will not travel on the team's upcoming two-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in one week".

Kuzma has played in all 38 of the Lakers games this season, starting 36 of them. "They worked on it at half-time and just said, 'No go'".

FILE - In this December 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) drives against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio.

"There were times in that game tonight where in previous games we would've bled points and what not and started taking quick shots".

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) and guard Lonzo Ball (2) run back up court against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

This was supposed to be an opportunity for the team's two rising stars to show what they can do without James pulling outsized weight. LeBron James' former Cleveland Cavaliers squad at 97.1 points per 100 possessions.

Ball said the Lakers weren't physical enough to put up a challenge against the Timberwolves, who fired coach Tom Thibodeau shortly after the game. We obviously have to move the ball better.

"I don't think we're ever selfish", Nowitzki said.

The Lakers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

The Cavaliers enter Friday night's home game against Utah with an 8-30 record, the worst in the National Basketball Association, and are now in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.

James ranks fifth in the National Basketball Association in scoring with 27.3 points a game and is also averaging 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists a game.

"Really, there's probably more unknown than there is known, just because of the amount of injuries we've gone through and the different lineups, even with the suspensions of trying to get the continuity of who plays, what matchups are playing well together".

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