James wowed the crowd with some flashy passing and scoring drives in the paint before finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes. But James didn’t have much help and he displayed some frustration after he had a pass deflected by former teammate Isaiah Thomas for a turnover that later resulted in a Julius Randle dunk for the Lakers.
“No, I don’t need to show anybody,” Thomas said. “They know what I can do. I only played 15 games for them, so it’s really not about showing them what I can do. The world knows what I can do and what I bring to the table. I took it as another game and I just wanted to win and we did a helluva job as a team, beating that really good team over there.”
Coach Mike Sullivan says the team is “encouraged” by Murray’s progress. Sullivan added he expects Murray to travel with the Penguins when they begin a three-game road trip against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. The Penguins are 4-3 since Murray went down and trail first-place Washington by one point in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Penguins forward Bryan Rust, who has missed the past two games while dealing with a concussion, has been cleared for contact and could join his teammates on the road swing.
“You saw the stuff, the velo. He wasn’t holding anything back. He was letting it go, and it was good to see. And he pitched a good amount of pitches for his first time out in a real game,” he said.
DeGrom said it felt a little strange making his first start this late in camp, and the time spent in bullpens and sim games resulted in one big problem — working from the stretch.
The Spurs have so many players out injured that it’s hard to judge their Cheap College Jerseys current level. With LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined and Kawhi Leonard not expected back until Thursday, the Spurs didn’t put up all that much resistance against the dominant Rockets. Not one of their starters played more than 24 minutes, and three of them played 15 minutes or less. Only one starter, Rudy Gay, even scored in double-figures and none had over five rebounds or three assists. It was just a bad night overall, and the loss Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys dropped San Antonio in the standings to where they would miss the playoffs if they began today.