However, Ball seems to have succeeded in calling the Lakers in a bluff, as they too have been silent to respond like we thought they would.
After LaVar Ball claimed Walton had lost the team and that none of the Lakers wanted to play for him, the organization's brass was notably silent.
With a matinee game in the middle of a road trip, Dallas native Julius Randle had a rare opportunity to enjoy a night off in his hometown.
In the first two legs of the Lakers' three-game win streak, the purple and gold dusted their opponents in transition, scoring 42 and 35 fast-break points. Among them were Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes who each scored 17 points. He also finished with 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 3 turnovers while playing a season-high 39 minutes, with J.J. Barea aggravating a previous groin injury and playing only eight second-half minutes.
"Just continue to be aggressive", Ingram said. "He's cool. He's chilling". Dennis Smith Jr. led the Mavericks in scoring with 23 points. Defensively, however, the Lakers looked like a complete mess and lost all four games because rim protection was nearly non-existent. "I would go close to nearly threatening, 'If you keep opening your mouth ... we are going to trade your son from the Lakers'".
"These young guys need to play together and need to figure some of this stuff out". "They rushed us, we tried to keep up with their pace and play at the same pace that they were".
The Lakers have shown signs of life in their last two wins, but those came against the Hawks and the Kings which is hardly anything to write home about these days. Stalwart forward LeMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and former Laker Pau Gasol led with 12 rebounds. "Because of that, I'm on him a lot". Certain things I can probably show you better than tell you, but I've done a tremendous amount of growing. However, the Mavericks did not go quietly into the night. I've done played against nearly every point guard who is regarded as the best in the league. "So it worked out pretty well for them".