"NBA games are never over and you have to play the game a certain way", Lakers coach Luke Walton said. It's eye-opening for a coach who was highly touted as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, but most believed the LeBron James-led Lakers would hit the ground running. LeBron James was asked about the meeting between Walton and Johnson that was reported on Friday night, and according to ESPN he had a non-answer about the whole deal.
The game appeared to be headed to overtime but the Mavericks veteran Wesley Matthews took it upon himself to intentionally foul James on the Lakers' final possession with two seconds left.
Saturday was their first road win of the season against a team with a winning record against a Portland team riding a 3-game win streak and playing some of the best ball in the National Basketball Association over the opening stretch of the season.
Walton rebuffed the reports today saying that his relationship with management was "great". "Hopefully we can learn the same lesson even if it was a win".
"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess", said James.
"That adds depth in our frontcourt, which we've had trouble with at times". And while the Lakers would not fire him this early, it wouldn't be surprising if Walton was already getting internal pressure. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.
"For us to be able to snap that versus a very good team obviously and then for us to come here, we haven't played as well as we'd like to on the road in one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference, it was a good win for us". "Unless you hold a team to 80 or 90 you'll always find things you have to get better at". Finally, in a hostile environment, this young Lakers group knows how that feels.
LeBron discusses the reports of Tyson Chandler joining the Lakers: While the rest of the Lakers organization balked at questions surrounding the reports, LeBron James was more than comfortable to discuss the addition. But I was pleased with how we came back and got within striking distance. None of that stuff matters to me. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there. "I think that effort he shows is the kind of person he is and how much he loves the game".