Paul George keeping Lakers in play despite enjoying All-Star season in OKC

Feb 11, 2018, 03:53
Paul George keeping Lakers in play despite enjoying All-Star season in OKC

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and forward Carmelo Anthony both missed the Thunder's game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night because of ankle injuries. Starting point guard Lonzo Ball was already ruled out with a sprained left MCL in his knee, and the Lakers are without Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

They dropped the first meeting 108-104 in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

"We have a core of guys that if we all stick together and grow can be really special", Kuzma said. "I'm pretty sure you guys will know of any decisions that are made".

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The five-time All-Star admitted that he is indeed happy to be in Oklahoma City as part of the Thunder. Anthony missed just his second game of the season due to injury after playing only six minutes against the Warriors before spraining his right ankle.

George started strong with 12 points in the opening 6:52, hitting his first five shots including three 3-pointers.

Oklahoma City had been starting rookie Terrance Ferguson at shooting guard since Andre Roberson went down with a season-ending knee injury on January 27, but coach Billy Donovan started small forward Josh Huestis in place of Ferguson on Tuesday because of the length of Golden State's wings.

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Paul George had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who lost for the fifth time in six games. "I don't want to get ahead of myself there", Donovan said. Against Dallas on November 13 when Anthony sat with a sore back, Donovan started Jerami Grant at power forward. Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines each scored eight points. Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder live streaming, Lakers vs Thunder live streaming and Lakers live streaming info follows.

Walton was so caught up in preparing for the Thunder that he had yet to begin figuring out how Thomas might fit in with the surging young roster.

Lakers: Open a three-game trip at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

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