LeBron, Lakers top Bulls to end skid

Ball averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the 47 games he appeared in this season. However, the team is just 15-28 (including Saturday's loss to Boston) when at least one did not play, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

On Thursday, coach Luke Walton said Ingram was experiencing pain whenever he lifted his right arm.

"Well, I loved his attitude", Walton said.

With the Lakers now very obviously in a lost season, the concerns about James potentially being a depreciating asset will only pick up steam this offseason.

As for the pass to James, it not only put an exclamation point on the Lakers' comeback win but led to a joyous moment for the players, which has been hard to come by amidst their slide toward the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

James' first year in LA has not gone to plan for the four-time MVP as the Lakers have struggled for consistency and the 34-year-old has struggled with injury.

While everyone in the sports world was seemingly caught up in some big National Football League news, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were busy... having fun in Chicago? "But if we're having a game again where we're missing and we need someone to knock down [shots] and space that floor, then we feel confident he can do that". Facing the Lakers on March 12 at the United Center is the Chicago Bulls, also one of the NBA's most storied franchises, who will be looking to shut down those playoff hopes once and for all. Before the game, Walton was asked what would've been his reaction if he was told they would have the same record (30-36) as they did after 66 games last season.

Heading into the night, both FiveThirtyEight's ELO Forecast and FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO Projection gave the Lakers less than a one percent chance of making the National Basketball Association playoffs.

"I would've assumed that we got hit with a lot of injuries". You gotta get on the right timeline.

Bulls: Boylen expects Zach LaVine, who missed his second straight game, to return this season.

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