LOS ANGELES — The Lakers led by 11 with less than six minutes remaining, but then Damian Lillard happened.
Lillard scored 19 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Portland Trail Blazers end the Lakers’ nine-game home win streak with a 108-103 victory on Monday night.
“Damian Lillard was pretty impressive down the stretch there,” Walton said.
EL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball said if it were his decision, he would play in tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
But Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was not so definitive in Ball’s status. He said the training staff will make the decision tomorrow regarding whether or not Ball will play after missing the last 15 games with a left MCL sprain.
“He practiced in full (Thursday),” Walton said after practice. “We’ll have to see how he responds, how he feels. But he looked good (Thursday). It was nice having him on the court.”
EL SEGUNDO – Isaiah Thomas may have been traded to a Los Angeles Lakers team that is nine games under .500 and not in immediate position to make the playoffs. But he has other ideas.
“All I know is win,” Thomas said after Monday’s practice. “All I know is how to play to win, and I’m going to try to instill that into these young guys and just give it all you got, leave it all out on the floor and have fun doing it. … It’s time to win now. Why wait? We wanna win now and we wanna have fun doing it.”
Thomas is a seven-year veteran in the NBA. President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson said recently that he expects Thomas to be a mentor for rookie Lonzo Ball.