James is nursing a sore wrist, with the Cavaliers coming off a rare loss on Friday to the
The Cavaliers' 109-102 win at Staples Center on Jan. 15 was the start of a 12-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, the Lakers will play without
James is questionable, while center
The Lakers played the Cavaliers closely in L.A., but that was with a healthy Bryant scoring 19 points with 17 assists, and Hill leading the way with 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting.
James scored 36 points, followed by
The Cavaliers' big three is a lot for any team to deal with. If James is able to play,
Tarik Black is a tough defender, but he'll be tested against Love, while fellow rookie Jordan Clarkson would draw Irving.
The Lakers are now focused more on player development than winning. Sunday should provide valuable minutes for the team's youth movement.
On offense, the Lakers would benefit if Nick Young could get back on track. He went scoreless on Friday night in an overtime loss to the Orlando Magic.
The Lakers aren't likely to beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland, with or without James.