LeBron James, Lakers get first look at Cade Cunningham, Pistons

LeBron James’ return to action on Friday didn’t make the Los Angeles Lakers’ troubles disappear.James played for the first time since Nov. 2 and has recovered from an abdominal strain. The Lakers were blown out by Boston 130-108 and dropped a game below to .500. They’ll look to even their record at Detroit on Sunday, when James gets an introduction to Pistons No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham.James had 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his team allowed a season-high in points to the Celtics.There’s no level of panic, but there should be some sense of urgency any time we take the floor,” James said.His status for Sunday’s game will be determined by how he feels this weekend after playing 32 minutes.”Physically I felt OK and good enough to know that I can trust my body and get out and play (Friday),” James said. “So I’m more looking forward to seeing how I’m feeling (Saturday) when I wake up. That is the telltale sign if I’m moving in the right direction with my injury.”The Lakers have lost six of their last nine games, including three straight. Only one of those victories came in regulation.”We can go out and compete every night, but I don’t think it’s our offense. I think it’s our defense, honestly,” Anthony Davis said. “We’ve just got to do a better job on the defensive end.”James vows that the Lakers won’t be floundering for very long.

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