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The eight total consecutive games that James is due to miss with the Lakers will tie his career high.

After getting blown out by 22 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, which turned out to be their Head Coach/President of Operations Tom Thibodeau's last game before being fired.

Additionally, with so many key pieces missing, the spotlight has fallen on Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball to pick up the slack. "They worked on it at halftime; just said, 'No go'". However, if they intend to climb the standings, they need even higher season-highs, as well as more consistent 20-plus outings, out of their third-year slender playmaker. "We've had moments in most of these games on the road where we could have won". That's more diving for loose balls, communicating loudly. So, it's not just them, but it's until we get healthy again, you've got to play in this league with some passion and fire.

Barea could only laugh when told he led the team with three assists, saying, "You can't win the game like that".

"So you need to double that effort when guys are down." he added.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shakes hands with coach Luke Walton as they have a chat during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. It was basically assumed that the season would be all about LeBron James and how he would lead this team.

James ranks fifth in the National Basketball Association in scoring with 27.3 points a game and is also averaging 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists a game. "That's a big, strong team over there". I think it's always motivational talks to see what I can do on the basketball floor. The Lakers, however, reportedly were preparing to be without him for "several games". In his November 21 return to Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cavs, he delivered 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. James will not play Sunday.