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A continued sideshow from LaVar Ball could only mean a few things: either James will ask the Lakers to trade Lonzo Ball in order to rid himself and the Lakers of LaVar, or perhaps they could just make him disappear for a while. But I was pleased with how we came back and got within striking distance.

The Lakers used a 16-0 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead. So I think we'll be even better two weeks from now, and two weeks from then.

"I love the fact that we're going to get another veteran", he said. The Lakers then had to survive a late-game scare from the Mavericks on Halloween as Dallas almost overcame a 19-point deficit.

This was the second straight game in which the Lakers avoided a collapse. But hearing Bron credit his coaching after the Lakers' win against the Portland Trail Blazers must have been music to Luke Walton's ears. We haven't had a lot of success against this franchise here in a long time or against this team period going a long way. "The only thing that matters to me is what goes on inside this locker room, both home and away".

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

It has been the exact opposite as the Lakers are 3-5 in the first eight and were very close to being 2-6 with a loss to the Mavericks. Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee each added 12 points. When they got the team that they have right now, it's even more challenging. "To beat Portland, you can't just come in and win without playing really hard and really well". It feels good knowing that our team is getting better. I can coach them with my eyes closed.

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.

McGee, who James said is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, also had six blocks to add to his league-leading total.

Sure feels like the Lakers let some air out of the balloon when it comes to the pressure on Luke Walton with their 114-110 win in Portland on Saturday night.

And the timeout might have been just what Portland needed to get back into the game.