3 truths Lakers will learn about LeBron James

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"He makes everybody around him better so when you play him in a game don't put him in the corner or put him in with the wrong people because he can't make them better".

LeBron James isn't paying attention to the sideshow going on around his Hollywood story.

"We know where we're going and we know what it takes to get there". By time the third quarter was over, the Lakers had outscored the Trail Blazers 32-16 on almost 60 percent shooting in the quarter to take an 88-73 lead into the fourth. So I think we'll be even better two weeks from now, and two weeks from then.

"Our defense won us the game tonight", Walton said.

Have you been wondering when LaVar Ball was going to open his very loud mouth about the Los Angeles Lakers' struggles to open the 2018-19 season?

But after the Lakers dropped to 2-5 following losses in winnable games at San Antonio and Minnesota, Johnson met with Walton.

"NBA games are never over and you have to play the game a certain way", Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "We kind of just let them have their way and that was the obvious time to tighten up - when we wasn't making shots". "All that matters is what goes on in this locker room both home and away". "To beat Portland, you can't just come in and win without playing really hard and really well".

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 30 points for Portland.

The Lakers are 3-5 entering the weekend. I can coach them with my eyes closed.

On the same day that LeBron sung McGee's praises as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, McGee delivered with 12 points, six blocks and nine rebounds. It feels good knowing that our team is getting better. They got out in transition, hit a few threes, got to the rim, got to the line. The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Lakers on the offensive glass, 16-9, resulting in a 17-14 advantage for Portland in second chance points.

LeBron discusses the reports of Tyson Chandler joining the Lakers: While the rest of the Lakers organization balked at questions surrounding the reports, LeBron James was more than comfortable to discuss the addition.

In Los Angeles, LeBron James gave the Staples Centre crowd a fright when he missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left as the Lakers squeezed past the Dallas Mavericks 114-113.