Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trail Blazers spoil James' Lakers debut

Trail Blazers spoil James' Lakers debut

Friction between the two groups will hurt team chemistry and hold the Lakers to at best the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference before they get knocked out in the first round, Barkley told reporters on a conference call.

Is it because the general manager who did not hire you said "to play the Warriors in their own game is a trap", when the general manager who did hire you brought you in with an eye toward mimicking that very style?

Since the Lakers have a ton of new players, many aren't expecting them to get off to the best start.

Thursday night's 128-119 loss at the Moda Center against the Portland Trail Blazers marked the fourth time James lost in his debut, despite pouring in 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. "A lot of these younger guys don't have a lot of experience, so I have to understand that". Los Angeles shot 48.4 percent from the field but was only 7 of 30 on 3-point attempts.

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Like most nights for the Lakers, this will certainly be an entertaining matchup.

James has now lost all four National Basketball Association debuts during his career - including his dramatic return to Cleveland in 2014 - but believes his new team just needs time. "They are not going to beat Golden State or Houston", he said.

With the Lakers up 6-2 after baskets by Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Brandon Ingram, James stole the ball from Portland forward Jake Layman and raced to the other end for a dunk.

Standout performances from Damian Lillard and debutant Nik Stauskas ensured Portland's improbable 16th consecutive win over the Lakers, a record dating back to 2014.

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