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NBA Twitter Hilariously Reacts to Lakers' Disastrous Loss to Toronto

NBA Twitter Hilariously Reacts to Lakers' Disastrous Loss to Toronto

Without star forward Kawhi Leonard in the lineup who missed the game with soreness in his left foot, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and the rest of the Raptors team stepped up in his place and showed how deep the roster truly is.

Here's why the Raptors shouldn't sleep on the Kings and try to finish off what has been a very successful mini west coast road swing strong.

Shooting guard Buddy Hield, in his fourth National Basketball Association season, now is finally starting to look like the superstar who lit it up at Oklahoma and turn himself into a sixth-overall selection in 2016. A lot can change in the next year, but the Clippers do look like the favorite at the current time, with the cap room to sign both Leonard and another max player.

The offence comes primarily from the one-two punch of Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox.

OG effort: OG Anunoby scored a season-high 17 points in Utah, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point line. He did that in Salt Lake City and decided against playing.

Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest. Toronto has given up 107.7 points per game.

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Knicks reserve Enes Kanter had a historic game in defeat by recording 23 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists. Ibaka got them by repeatedly feasting on the Lakers' porous interior defense.

Schroder finished with a season-high 22 points off the bench as the Thunder extended their winning streak to five after losing the season's first four games.

Zach LaVine tallied 41 points, four rebounds and four assists in the Bulls' 116-115 double-overtime win over the Knicks.

But there is a caveat that could prevent Leonard from joining the Lakers next season, which a number of league executives have pointed out: The ability to have control of his own team. Leonard is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, and Nick Nurse is clearly playing the long game here, choosing not to gamble with Kawhi's health in the short term, focused instead on the playoff run at the end of the season. While that number is unsustainable, it might not drop much between now and April considering he made 50.2 percent of those attempts in 80 games last season.

Though some of LeBron's average numbers are down from his last season in Cleveland, they are not necessarily down from his career averages.


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