LeBron James Ignoring Lakers Coach Luke Walton's Playcalls

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"We are trying to make sure that we watch his minutes but also that we don't run everything through him because now it is Cleveland all over again and we don't want that", Johnson said in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

"I got to be at 100 percent the way I play", Oladipo said at the team's shoot-around Thursday.

The Lakers are already thin at point guard, with veteran Rajon Rondo healing up from surgery on his right hand.

When he tripped backward over Malik Beasley with just under two minutes left in the second quarter, Ball gave the Lakers a pretty clear glimpse of what life might look like if the injury ends up costing him more time.

"Spectacular" was the verdict of Lakers coach Luke Walton, but James said he's thought long and hard this season about when to take over and when to cede control to his young teammates with an eye toward their development.

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The Indiana Pacers released some sobering injury news on Friday, as leading scorer Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Entering Thursday, James was averaging 34.8 minutes, a career-low in his 16 seasons.

IN trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 89-88 on Domantas Sabonis' jumper with 4:59 left, but James had a 3-pointer and a three-point play on consecutive possessions in a 10-0 Lakers run before adding a 22-foot jumper with 2:21 to play. They have now won 10 of their past 14 games.

"It's a challenge to match up and defend those guys when LeBron is playing five different positions", IN coach Nate McMillan said. I think they are still learning how to play with one another and trying to adapt to Luke's system. "Now we have to continue to get good at, better at, those other times where we're just playing basketball".

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