Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Raptors' Kawhi Leonard sits vs. Lakers with foot soreness

Raptors' Kawhi Leonard sits vs. Lakers with foot soreness

In the locker room, Bron told reporters it felt like the team got "hit in the mouth" and they didn't have a response.

The Lakers had an extremely slow start to the game, as they trailed by a score of 41-17 after one quarter.

"Second, third and fourth, we played Lakers basketball", James said.

James said his Lakers could've played better in certain areas against the Raptors, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Rather than seeking to team up with James, the thinking is that Leonard would prefer to have control of his own team, which the Clippers would offer, while still giving him the ability to return to his native Southern California.

With that said, Utah will also be without its best offensive player in this spot, with Donovan Mitchell absent with an ankle sprain.

A survey of several league executives this weekend had the Lakers trailing, even among Staples Center tenants, in the competition to get Leonard, with the LA Clippers universally being placed ahead of them. "We got a W, and I'm happier now than scoring a lot of points [in a loss]".

"You still learn from it", James said. "He's using his size, his power, and using pretty good footwork, so it's something we can go to". You don't put too much into it. James was held to just 18 points, his lowest point total in nine games since joining the Lakers. "We going to watch some film and things of that nature". But you never let the outside noise get to you and if you do that, that can cause you problems.

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