"But this situation, once Magic goes public and we know the team won't meet championship expectations, that makes me believe this will be his only season if he lasts coaching LeBron James in LA".
Toronto has continued to roll even without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, posting a convincing 124-111 win in Utah on Monday, and now takes a 10-1 straight-up record into Wednesday night's Raptors versus Kings betting matchup at Golden 1 Center. On Sunday, the Raptors managed to pick up a lopsided win over the Lakers without Leonard available but the task could be more hard on the road in Salt Lake City, as the Jazz are quite formidable within the friendly confines of their home arena. There's games like this in an 82-game season where you just don't have it.
Sacramento comes into this game after a four-game road trip of their own to the east coast, where they went 3-1 with the lone loss a defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.
On the back of 24 points from Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers narrowed Toronto's advantage after the nightmare start.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said a star's absence, as counterintuitive as it might sound, can actually help that player's team in the short term. "It was good for us to come into one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference and win".
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James also added seven assists and Rajon Rondo came off the bench to deliver 17 points and 10 assists for the Lakers who led by 17 points in the third quarter.
Unless those things start to show up, the playoffs will not be there for the Lakers, either.
Antetokounmpo was nearly apologetic afterward. By the time they locked things down on that end of the court, the Raptors were able to jump ahead 11 points at the break and never looked back.
And they needed him to hit clutch jumpers down the stretch, including a 17 footer with 1.7 seconds left to secure the 102-100 Phoenix win against Memphis. He missed all of the preseason due to a broken hand, then missed the start of the season with a left hamstring injury. He finished with 25 points.
"You still learn from it", James said.