"If they need help to shoot I'll coach them". What can I do to be the best team we can be? It's one of those games.
"We would like to get a couple lineups that are comfortable and know they're going in together but that hasn't been our reality so far this season", Walton acknowledged. "We had our chances at the end".
Portland shot a 6 for 35 (17 percent) from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent from the field overall.
On Saturday, Los Angeles plays the Trail Blazers, who have beaten the Lakers 16 consecutive times, including opening night at the Moda Center. "Offensively, just keep doing what we're doing, we'll get better with that".
Two days ago, the floor was falling out from under Walton and the Lakers.
"We plan on winning those in the future, and we're going to keep working and getting better and we're going to be just fine". "We had a couple turnovers during that stretch that they converted quickly in transition. The only thing that matters to me is what goes on inside this locker room, both home and away". While the margin is razor thin, having a negative point differential at this point in the season is unaceptable for a team of the caliber the Lakers aim to be at.
The Lakers are playing about as well as expected at this point, considering the cast around James. They have constantly been losing close calls throughout the season, and Saturday proved that they can get the job the done.
"Great to snap that", James said of the Lakers' streak of futility against Portland. They had a run. They got out in transition, hit a few threes, got to the rim, got to the line. "This is something we do all the time".
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 30 points for Portland. At the time, their record was 2-5.
James is getting his numbers, averaging 27.8 points, 8.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest through October 31. Al-Farouq Aminu also grabbed 13 rebounds while also logging four points, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. Barea (15 points) and Dwight Powell (12) came off the bench to score in double figures. This, of course, occurs in the context of a LeBron James team, so naturally James is going to have some sway over the team's direction.