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Five takeaways from the Lakers' 121-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 121-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors

The defeat, which sees the Lakers drop to 4-6, came after president Magic Johnson insisted coach Luke Walton's position was safe after a week of speculation at the franchise, who are under pressure for results after landing James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ibaka finished 15-of-17 from the field and didn't miss a shot until 5:16 of the third quarter. "I don't either. It's a long season, so we're thinking about the long road", Leonard said Friday night after the Raptors ran their record to 8-1 with a 107-98 win in Phoenix.

"I liked Allen Iverson", he said of the Philadelphia 76ers guard.

In seven games as a Raptor, Leonard is averaging 26.1 a night to go along with 7.6 rebounds. LeBron plays 28 minutes and score 18 points while Kyle Kuzma drops a team-leading 24. "We're going game by game".




Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is out for Monday's game against the Utah Jazz as he continues to battle an ankle injury, TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports. "The best thing is he's doing it with some real good composure".

Perhaps the Jazz will surprise and rally together without Donovan to come out on top. Denzel Washington, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine, Kristen Bell and Odell Beckham Jr. were among the celebrities attending the game. Only time will tell if those changes will help the Lakers win more games in the rugged Western Conference.

Leonard sat out with soreness in his left foot, depriving Lakers fans of their only look at the superstar before he could become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Lakers' first quarter was shockingly bad. The Lakers made the game - which the Raptors led by 31 points at one juncture - closer than expected as they outscored Toronto 27-20 in the fourth quarter. Ibaka went 11 for 11 in the first half, while Lowry had 12 assists as the Raptors hit six 3-pointers and forced nine turnovers.