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"He didn't do the up-and-down stuff", Walton said Tuesday, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

The team has struggled with complacency lately after dropping some questionable games and, by letting the Lakers back into the game without LeBron James, it appears that issue surfaced once again Thursday.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers nearly escaped with a three-point win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in regulation, but sophomore guard Lonzo Ball was called for a foul with 2.9 seconds left to play.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he was "encouraged" by what he has seen from James on the court but was quick to add that James "didn't do the up-and-down stuff" with the rest of the team. Westbrook finished with 26 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds and Steven Adams notched a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double.

In his first season in purple and gold, LeBron is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Josh Hart leads the team in 3-point percentage, but as a young player is still inconsistent and unable to carry the team.

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Prior to James' injury, the Lakers were 20-14.

The Thunder have lost five of their last six.

According to a report from Fox Sports 1's Chris Broussard on Wednesday, James' agent Rich Paul claimed that James would be playing right now if the Lakers were in the playoffs and that he's only holding back to make sure he's 100 percent upon his return.

According to National Basketball Association pundit Lunderg, the poor form of Ingram, Ball and the rest of the youngsters in recent weeks when they have been without James - who has been out with an injury since Christmas - could put their trade chances at risk. Therefore, it's a fabulous start and with him beside James and Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers would be a threat to knock off anybody and at least put the Warriors on notice.

"At one point a month ago, they were dangling Lonzo [Ball] a little bit, but now they don't want to trade him", one of the execs said.

Kuzma finished with a game-high 32 points on efficient shooting to go with eight boards, four assists and three steals.