Bulls Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Lakers; No Zach LaVine

LeBron James threw down a reverse alley-oop off the backboard and it was beautiful

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

Short of a historical collapse on the part of the Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz or San Antonio Spurs, and an unforeseen win tear from the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James is set to miss the post-season for the first time since the 2004-05 season, his sophomore season in the National Basketball Association.

Also, Bulls guard Kris Dunn scored 18 points, had seven rebounds and made nine assists. Kuzma had missed the previous two games with an ankle injury.

Getty Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get off a shot under pressure from T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center on March 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. "Everybody had a joy for the game, happy for each other".

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points off the bench, Kyle Kuzma scored 21, Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 10 assists and JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points as IN continued its home dominance of NY.

The Bulls led 60-55 at the half. Ingram tallied 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 dimes, while Kuzma posted his 20th career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. "Whether it is rebounding the ball and bringing it, which he needs to do more of". But because he signed a four-year contract with the Lakers last summer, there will be more hands to be played in L.A.

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

"You can't just put all the blame on LeBron, I think the Lakers got disconnected from what they was trying to do."

In the absence of a postseason run by the Lakers (31-36), James said his team can use the rest of its trip with games against playoff-bound teams in Toronto, Detroit and Milwaukee as a kind of playoff proxy. The Bulls lost that game 131-108 and now they're 4-4 when LaVine is out.

"I would've assumed that we got hit with a lot of injuries". He is out with a right patellar strain.

"I always feel bouncy", he said. These two teams met earlier this year in Los Angeles (January 15) with the Lakers winning, 107-100.

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