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Lakers’ next seven games are against teams with losing records

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers star LeBron James celebrates after dunking on the Golden State Warriors during a 120-94 win Wednesday at Staples Center.
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Over the course of the next two weeks, the Lakers have a schedule that doesn’t strike any fear and presents them with the opportunity to build a strong record.

They will face seven teams — the Lakers play the Oklahoma City Thunder twice during this span — that have a combined 25-47 record.

They will face four of those teams at Staples Center, where the Lakers have built a 5-1 record. Then again, the Lakers are 4-1 on the road and the teams they face there are a combined 17-28.

After dispatching the now 2-10 Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers appear to be in good position to improve their record.

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“I pay attention to the schedule, just seeing who’s our next opponent,” LeBron James said after scoring 23 points, handing out 12 assists and grabbing six rebounds during the Lakers’ 120-94 victory over the injury-depleted Warriors. “And then I just kind of lock in that opponent and saying we have a great opportunity. No matter who you play, you have the opportunity to be great. And I think the last few nights we accomplished that.”

LeBron James scores 23 points as the Lakers dominate in a 120-94 win over a Warriors team that no longer resembles the squad from the franchise’s glory days.

Next up for the Lakers are the 4-6 Sacramento Kings at home on Friday night.

Then the Lakers have the 4-6 Atlanta Hawks at home Sunday and the 4-7 Thunder at home Tuesday before visiting the Thunder on Nov. 22.

The Lakers will continue on the road to the 4-7 Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 23, the 5-6 San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 25 and finish the trip at the 2-8 New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 27.

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The Lakers end the month of November playing the 2-7 Washington Wizards on the 29th at home.

But for Lakers coach Frank Vogel, it’s about the team that comes next.

“I really try to have a next-game, one-game-at-a-time type of mindset,” Vogel said. “I know we have a couple of home games before we go on the road. I’m not even sure who we play past [Sacramento]. But we’re just going to have to have a stay-in-the-moment type of mindset. The games are going to keep coming. We’re going to have good opponents, not-so-good opponents. We’re going have games, road games. But the focus and the concentration is going to be on today and the moment and what’s coming next.”

Caldwell-Pope injures ankle

Lakers reserve guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter against the Warriors and was forced to leave the court.

The Lakers said Caldwell-Pope got X-rays that were negative for a fracture, but that he will be reevaluated Thursday on the team’s off day.

Pope was going in for a layup when he came down awkwardly.

He left the game with 4 minutes and 58 seconds remaining.

“I tweaked it,” Caldwell-Pope said. “There is some swelling, but not much. I was going up to tear it down, but I had too much force, I guess.”


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