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While Lakers head coach Luke Walton dodged direct questions about the move, Stotts likes what Chandler brings to the table for the Lakers. Lakers break streak against Blazers: The Lakers had lost their last 16 meetings against the Blazers heading into Saturday's game. "We just had a really good road win and the group came together", Walton said.

Expectations were sky-high when LeBron James became a Laker, but the teams 3-5 start look to have anxious the Los Angeles front office.

James has yet to publicly express frustration about the Lakers' coaching in his first season with the team, though there is reportedly "discontent" among some Lakers veterans over Walton's lineup decisions, per ESPN.

By doing this, Johnson is contradicting what he said in the offseason when he made it clear Walton would "have time" to work things out with the team's younger players, which is already a bad enough look. Entering Sunday, the Lakers had never been outscored by more than 24 points in a first quarter in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55), according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Info.

"I mean, it's great to win, period".

The Lakers used a 16-0 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead. "We're last in defense".


If James ends up being similarly disgruntled with Walton, it's hard to see Johnson pushing back on the superstar's demands. Several sources told me and @BA_Turner that Luke Walton's job is not in danger.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton says he believes he has a "great relationship with management" and does not feel like he is "going anywhere". And nothing changed. It didn't get any harder.

Asked if he feels he has job security, Walton replied, "I feel like I'm coming down here to do my job and coach".

Sloppy play once again came back to hurt the Lakers in the fourth quarter, but the Blazers couldn't get much closer as James and JaVale McGee made crucial baskets in the final two minutes.

The Lakers next face Minnesota at home on Wednesday.

Following their first win against the Blazers in 17 attempts on Saturday, the Lakers opened their home game on Sunday night looking like a team that was drained the night before.


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