Trailblazers dominate in season opener against Lakers

Trailblazers dominate in season opener against Lakers

Trailblazers dominate in season opener against Lakers

The Lakers converted just 7-of-30 3-point shots against Portland, which is a measly 23.3 percent. But it's the mindset that we have to get into.

In his first game as a Laker, James scored 26 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 6 assists but Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points to help Blazers get past the Lakers. Moreover, Los Angeles did limit themselves to a relatively acceptable 14 turnovers.

The Showtime Lakers are back with LeBron James making a move to Los Angeles, or at least that is what Lakers fans are hoping.

Like any team with as much talent as the Lakers have, they had some great stretches. The Lakers and Portland Trailblazers are set to tip off any minute now. Seems like it could be about the Lakers, his former team.

In Miami, the Heat were 9-8 with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh before things worked itself out to the point the Heat made the Finals. Getting off to a slow start in the West could be risky given the number of teams oozing with talent that will battle it out all year for playoff positioning.

The Lakers could also opt to start Kyle Kuzma if they wanted to go with a small-ball lineup. "I doubt [Cleveland] will make the playoffs, but I'd like to see it".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told LeBron James that he is the God in Los Angels because he pulls more spectators than any sportsman. 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.

But there's a catch, or a lack thereof, in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The four-time MVP's points tally was the joint-second best on debut for the team, just one short of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.

The Lakers have not been to the post-season in any of the last five years and are hoping James' presence can put them back in the conversation for titles.

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