Lakers' Kuzma to undergo MRI on back injury

Florence Fletcher
January 9, 2019

Walton called out and questioned the passion of former lottery picks Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, who both had terrible performances against the Timberwolves. The over/under total for the game is listed at 222.5 points. Despite James apparently mouthing, "I felt it pop" on the court, the Lakers labeled him day-to-day.

Lakers have been struck with an injury problem, as LeBron James is out with a groin injury, Rajon Rondo has had surgery on his right ring finger and Kyle Kuzma has suffered a back contusion.

All of these things have contributed to the Lakers' recent downturn, though the loss of James certainly stings the most.

The Lakers badly needed a strong response after last night's game and finally offered one on Monday.

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After shooting a hair under 60 percent in the first half, Dallas finished the game at 41.9 percent and was just 8 of 30 from beyond the arc. The Mavs were 1-3 on the road trip while going 2-2 against the spread. They came away from the talk inspired as Ball dropped 21 points and Ingram scored a season-high 29 points. However, at home, Dallas is averaging 113.6 on offense while giving up 105.9 on defense. He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season. At some point, we need more passion.

The Dallas Mavericks could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. Dallas has been able to win at a high percentage at home while posting a strong record against the spread. Obviously, we did a little bit last year, but this year we always had Bron [James], we had Do [Rondo], and guys like that to help settle things down and get us in the stuff.

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