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Ball sprains ankle but plans to play in Lakers' next game

Ball sprains ankle but plans to play in Lakers' next game

It can't be because you want to pass it around, you get into your pick-and-roll plays. "But he wanted to give it a go". He's taken over the major responsibility of running the point, since Rajon Rondo has been recovering from a broken hand, and he's apparently not taking orders from the coaching staff on how to do so.

James acknowledged in October the Lakers want to reduce his minutes, but the four-time MVP said he still feels strong enough to play most minutes.

"When James is running the point, he rarely looks toward the bench to receive play calls from coach Luke Walton", Windhorst wrote.

Including the game against Portland that Rondo injured his hand on November 14, James was averaging 29.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Lakers' previous seven games prior to Thursday's 104-96 win over Indiana.

Entering Thursday, James was averaging 34.8 minutes, which is a career-low in his 16 seasons.

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The former Indiana University star leads the team in scoring with 21.4 points per game and steals at 1.56.

The Clippers picked up another win last night as they beat Sacramento Kings 133-121.

"We're playing up and down", Johnson said. So we haven't been consistent yet.

The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player's attacking abilities were on full display as he carried the Lakers to a 104-96 victory the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, when he scored 12 of his 38 points in the final 5 minutes.

"There's times in the game where you're LeBron James or you're whoever the best player on the team, you're going to take over". "We were up. We did some good things, and we didn't do some good things".