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LeBron James on loss vs. Pacers: 'No excuse for uncharacteristic and unforced turnovers'

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The team turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 16 Indiana points while visibly deflating the fatigued Lakers. “You got to be able to focus and play through it and understand it’s three in four nights, but it’s no excuse,” James said. “No excuse for uncharacteristic and unforced turnovers. Some of them you’re trying to make a play to a teammate or whatever and it gets batted down or it’s an attack turnover, you can be OK with those, but some of the unforced ones, you’re not. You can never be OK with that.”
Source: Los Angeles Times

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James tempers expectations on Gabe Vincent’s return saying, “whenever he’s ready, we’ll welcome him back with open arms … but at the end of the day, we’re putting no pressure on him. So, he needs to take his time” pic.twitter.com/kqo2Do6dcr10:34 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers finish off their road trip with three straight sub-.500 teams in BKN, TOR and WAS but LeBron James says that focusing on their records “will get you burnt every time” pic.twitter.com/5qbT3iQl5E10:30 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron James’ postgame press conference pic.twitter.com/7uidoFJegO9:45 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers’ five-game winning streak is snapped in Indy, with the Pacers taking it 109-90. AD 24p 15r 3a; LeBron 16p 10r 8a 5tos; Reaves 16p (1-of-7 from 3) 13r 6a 5tos; Rui 14p 0r 0a 0s 0b; D-Lo 6p on 3-of-14 (0-of-6 from 3) 5a. LAL is 2-1 on the trip w/ BKN, TOR & WAS to come – 9:18 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Clyde Frazier with unbelievable praise of Victor Wembanyama. Says he has the offensive skills of Wilt, the defensive intensity of Russell and the “sagacity” of LeBron. – 8:54 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Pacers 86, Lakers 72
AD has 19 points and 15 rebounds. AR has 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. LeBron has 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. LA is just 3-of-22 on 3s (13.6%) — an uncharacteristic off night. Their bench has been outscored 28-11. – 8:48 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Pacers 54, Lakers 49
AD has 12 points and 7 rebounds. Rui Hachimura has 9 points and several impressive dunks. LeBron has 8/6/5. LA is shooting 45.7% and just 15.4% on 3s (2-13). They’ve edged Indiana 14-10 in transition, 34-28 in the paint and 27-18 on the glass. – 8:05 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Pacers up 54-49 on the Lakers at the half. Shooting 49%, but 7tos and -9 on the glass.
AD leads all with 17/7, LeBron with 8-6-5. TJM had 11pts.
Much different feel to the last game, where the Lakers piled up points and FTAs. – 8:03 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
LeBron James has reached the 65-game criteria.
He is now eligible for postseason honors.
James has been named All-NBA 19 seasons in a row.
This is the first time James and Anthony Davis have played 65+ games together in one season. – 7:50 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Pacers 27, Lakers 24
LA has nearly as many turnovers (6) as assists (7). Austin Reaves has 6 points. AD, LeBron and DLo each have 4 points. LeBron also has 5 rebounds and 3 assists. LA is shooting 47.8% overall but is just 1 of 9 on 3s (11.1%). – 7:36 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Indiana outscored LAL by 4 with both LeBron and AD sitting, and take a 27-24 lead out of the 1st Q as a result. Indy’s bench outscored LAL’s 9-3, with Dinwiddie going 0 for 3 and Prince 1 for 2. – 7:35 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
LeBron James and former Miami teammate Greg Oden chopping it up ahead of Lakers-Pacers 🔥
(via @jovanbuha)
pic.twitter.com/zGFgt9xh8G6:46 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Lakers’ starters vs. Indiana:
D’Angelo Russell
Austin Reaves
Rui Hachimura
LeBron James
Anthony Davis
Record as starters: 12-5 – 6:32 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron James and former teammate Greg Oden catching up pregame in Indianapolis pic.twitter.com/qD8697N2J36:25 PM

Dustin Dopirak @DustinDopirak
On his way off the floor after warm-ups, LeBron shares a moment and takes some photos with Greg Oden. pic.twitter.com/TN8bFDzRdj6:20 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Noted courtside guest for tonight’s Lakers-Pacers game: former No. 1 pick, and LeBron James teammate in Miami, Greg Oden pic.twitter.com/HLXW1Fj0fd6:11 PM

Khobi Price @khobi_price
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both available tonight vs. the Pacers – 6:07 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both available tonight in Indianapolis, per the Lakers. – 6:06 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron and AD are both available to play tonight at Indy.
Davis is averaging 38.5 points, 18.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 blocks vs. Indy this season in two games including the IST Final. – 6:05 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both playing vs. Indiana tonight. – 6:03 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis and LeBron James are both game-time decisions tonight vs. Indiana, per Darvin Ham – 5:34 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Livestream Q&A on Jarred Vanderbilt’s return, Gabe Vincent, LeBron and DLo’s future, playing Denver early vs. later, playoff seeding, LA pursuing a third star and more: youtube.com/live/e7PozeK2b…5:33 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
What really bothers LeBron James: Younger players who see NBA as 1-on-1 basketball
nbcsports.com/nba/news/what-…11:33 AM

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The Los Angeles Lakers hope to get Gabe Vincent back from knee surgery during their East Coast road trip. LeBron James, out of fairness, is tempering expectations. “I really don’t even want to get into it too much, don’t want to put too much pressure on him,” LeBron said after the Lakers’ 109-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. “When he’s ready to go, it will be a bonus for our team. But he’s been out for quite a while. So whenever he’s ready, we’ll welcome him with open arms as a brother of ours, teammate of ours.” -via Clutch Points / March 30, 2024
The 90 points were a season low for the Lakers and the first time they were below 100 since Jan. 3. “Offensively we didn’t have it going,” James said. “Obviously we shot horribly from the three. We’ve been shooting the ball exceptionally well from the outside over the last few months. Just tonight, we didn’t have it.” Davis led the Lakers with 24 and 15 rebounds, but the team shot five of 29 from three-point range, with Russell, Reaves and Spencer Dinwiddie combining to make only two of 18 attempts. -via Los Angeles Times / March 30, 2024

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