LeBron James' crafty no-look pass had the entire Lakers team fooled


With their drubbing by the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night, the Cavaliers slipped to 6-6 since the trade day.

Who knows if Los Angeles will be on LeBron James' radar this summer, but if nothing else, the Lakers at least capitalised on their last chance to leave an impression before the end of the season.

Soon-to-be superstar free agent LeBron James is evidently impressed by the young Los Angeles Lakers team. Meanwhile, the Cavs (38-28) have dropped down to No. 4 in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Indiana Pacers (39-28) moving a half-game ahead of them.

Ball had five points, seven assists and three rebounds, whereas Kuzma had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

With sharpshooter Kyle Korver calling for the ball, LeBron looked at his marksman, causing three Lakers to rush to the perimeter.

Some air has gone out of the Cleveland Cavaliers' exuberance balloon. That was the last thing James did on the court before exiting for good with 6 minutes, 24 seconds left in the final frame.

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Revenge is indeed sweet for Isaiah Thomas as the diminutive point guard led the Los Angeles Lakers to a blowout victory over his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the only Cleveland starter outside James to score in double-figures.

With the defence fooled, James hit Zizic with a pinpoint pass which the Cavs' centre was more than happy to slam dunk for the easiest of baskets. "It is going to be a lot of fun".

As Randle outdueled James in spurts on Sunday, it was hard not to think about the impact each player could have on the future of the other. He scored eight points in 2 ½ minutes early in the fourth quarter to put the game away. "They know what I can do".

Randle was coming off a pair of games in which his performance suffered due to an illness. If the four-time NBA MVP declares for free agency following this season, the Lakers are believed to be among the frontrunners for his services. But Randle's play has raised the question, should Los Angeles go after one max player and then use that money to re-sign Randle? "I feel like today we didn't really give ourselves a chance".

Randle added 14 rebounds and seven assists to his career game, while Lopez and Thomas scored 22 and 20 markers, respectively, as the Lakers improved to 30-36 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

"What he's doing right now, he has to be on everyone's radar", coach Luke Walton said.