Paul George keeping Lakers in play despite enjoying All-Star season in OKC

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While Anthony sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Tuesday's game in Oakland, Westbrook was listed as questionable for the game after a practice session on Wednesday at the Staples Center.

Despite this being the first campaign he's spending with them, he has shown that he can co-exist with Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of his teammates, which leads to many wondering if that's enough reason for George to re-sign with the Thunder in the summer once he becomes a free agent. The Lakers were led by a balanced attack that saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope score 20 points, Brandon Ingram score 19 and three other score in double-figures. Los Angeles limited the Thunder to 35 second-half points while winning its eighth consecutive home game. The Lakers closed the first quarter on a 22-8 run and turned an 11-point deficit into a lead they would not relinquish at 30-27 on a three-point play by Randle with 3.8 seconds left.

"We have a core of guys that if we all stick together and grow can be really special", Kuzma said. "We know it's the business of basketball and I pray for the best on their journeys". Steven Adams had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Thunder lost for the fifth time in six games. He ended the night 11-for-25 from the field en route to 29 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

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Raymond Felton was expected to start at point guard in place of Westbrook, while Jerami Grant was likely to take Anthony's place in the starting lineup. "I don't want to get ahead of myself there", Donovan said.

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That George won't be traded isn't a surprise, but it's noteworthy that Oklahoma City isn't realistically entertaining offers. "So, it's just different guys gotta step up, and I think that's why you have a complement of players and guys have an opportunity to fill roles and help our team if those guys are in a position that they can't play".