Lakers' James to make home debut against Rockets

20 October, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Blazers spoil LeBron's LA debut

The LeBron Era, meanwhile, officially began Thursday with the Lakers' first game of the regular season.

LeBron James got his Los Angeles Lakers debut off to an exciting start early in Thursday night's game, but the end result was a disappointing 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

"Are they an old team or a young team?"

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.

His game was not ideal, however, as James went 0-4 on three-pointers and notched six turnovers. Josh Hart added 20 points for the Lakers. So with that in mind, what can we expect from the 2018-2019 Los Angeles Lakers?

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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.

Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas scored 24 points off the bench for Portland, which won its National Basketball Association record 18th straight home opener. But something that could potentially be overlooked by many is his ability to form team chemistry with the rest of his Laker teammates. In the first season, the Miami Heat got off to a slow start at 9-8 before pulling away with a near-perfect month of December, finishing the year with a 58-24 record before losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Will LeBron fall back and try to help a young Lakers team grow?

"Oh God, yes! C'mon", Bryant answered when asked if the Lakers will make the playoffs. But expectations should not be set too high because as I mentioned previously, the Western Conference is deep and the competition is tougher than what James faced in the East last season.

"It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are", he told reporters after his Lakers debut.

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