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The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t need this.

With rumours swirling in recent days about coach Luke Walton’s job security, the Lakers came out flat at home against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, and never recovered en route to a 121-107 loss.

To make matters worse, the Lakers (4-6) caught the Raptors a man down, so to speak, with Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard unexpectedly missing the game due to a sore ankle.

It didn’t matter. The Raptors (9-1) came out hot and led the Lakers by 31 at one point in the first quarter. According to ESPN, they are the first home team in the past 20 seasons to trail by 30 or more points in the first quarter.

Serge Ibaka stood out for Toronto in Leonard’s absence, scoring 26 in the first half and finishing with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting.

Lakers president Magic Johnson met with Walton last Tuesday about the team’s slow start, but Johnson told the Los Angeles Times the discussion had nothing to do with Walton’s job security and he’ll finish the season as the team’s coach “unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”

Yet, expectations in Los Angeles are exceedingly high this season with LeBron James on board. James had a so-so game — by his standards anyway — with 18 points in 28 minutes. But even if James were knocking down triple-doubles every night, he needs help, and the team needs to find its lineup chemistry.

Source: Omnisport

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