Kyle Kuzma (ankle) to make his return Tuesday at Bulls

The Bulls will be cautious with the knee injury suffered by Zach LaVine

It's been initially assumed that Lebron James might be able to transform the Los Angeles Lakers into a championship contender with the help of a few key additions. It is unlikely to be enough to extend the Lakers' season, but James believes they will be playoff contenders in the future.

Los Angeles got the deficit down to four points with 2:07 left in the half before Chicago took a 60-55 lead into the break. "That's what I live", James said.

"I'll be watching it if we're not there, and it looks like our chances are slim to none after each and every game", he told reporters.

In spite of all the bad news circulating the Lakers, James achieved an wonderful milestone Wednesday night against the Nuggets.

In the Chicago Bulls, center Robin Lopez scored 20 points and had seven rebounds. While that may be the case, LeBron is still going to put on a show when he's on the court. The Lakers were led by Ball with 19 points, and Jabari Parker, who is no longer with the Bulls, led Chicago with 18 points. With several players out, the Lakers started rookie Moritz Wagner. Everybody was moving the ball, passing it. "So he's frustrated with it too, and he's continuing to battle out there, and he did a really nice job of helping us get a win tonight". Another personal highlight for the Lakers was the return of G League hero Andre Ingram, but he only posted two minutes in his first National Basketball Association game since last April.

LeBron James continues to do it all for the Lakers. JJ Redick scored 17 points for the Sixers, who were without Jimmy Butler as he was held out for a planned rest day.

The Lakers took a 66-64 lead when James found Kuzma for a layup with 8 minutes, 49 seconds in the third quarter.

Rajon Rondo buried a three-pointer to give the Lakers a 98-84 lead going into the fourth.

"We got defensive stops and we made some shots". When the team is at full strength, which includes Kyle Kuzma, they could win a playoff series or two. Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. will be the main go-to scorers but Kris Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono have to step up.

To make life easier for themselves the Bulls continuously need to tap into their wealth of speed and athleticism.

7, Senior NBA Insider for Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes reported that the Lakers front office and training staff came to a decision and placed James on a minutes-per-game restriction, meaning he will miss games where they play back-to-back nights and will also be limited to around 30 minutes per game moving forward.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a real slump as they've lost nine of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a five-game skid after falling short against the Celtics in a 120-107 home loss on Saturday.

LaVine is day-to-day with right patellar tendinitis. "Our training/medical is optimistic so he wants to play".

The Lakers will be continuing their road-trip on Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors.

Following this game, the Bulls travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Friday.

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