“Offensively, it’s just about my overall energy and getting in that rhythm and flow and when the defense collapses, I have to trust my teammates,’’ said Bamba, who has averaged 6.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-best 1.38 blocked shots in 16.6 minutes a game. “Defensively, it’s just about being that presence and I feel like I’ve made some strides as far as blocking shots. “Not a different player (over the next 41 games), but one who just contributes more toward winning,’’ Bamba added. “That’s a lot of what the coaching staff is asking of me and I think a lot of it will come just from experience.’’
January 22, 2019 | 10:31 pm EST Update
Brett Dawson: Thunder 123 Blazers 114 F | Paul George 36 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals; Russell Westbrook 29, 10, 14; Steven Adams 14, 8; Terrance Ferguson 14, 4 steals ; Jerami Grant 11; Dennis Schröder 13.
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet: “It’s been up & down from a health perspective… I was OK the other night I just didnt make shots… Obviously not up to my standards. So it was good to get some rest, get some treatment, try to build some strength up & be able to be my best self on a consistent basis”
Gerald Bourguet: T.J. Warren will not return to tonight’s game due to a sore left ankle, per Suns PR
January 22, 2019 | 10:04 pm EST Update
Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss reiterated her support for Luke Walton, saying that Magic Johnson and the organization is behind the coach on Zach Lowe’s The Lowe Post pod. “I can tell you right now, that everyone, Magic, [GM Rob Pelinka] myself, everyone in the organization is behind Luke… We are doing everything we can to make sure that Luke is successful in his job.”
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors win their 10th straight game at home, tying the 4th-longest home winning streak in team history. They’re 2 wins away from matching the franchise record (set in 2016 and then again last season).