In the 10 games the Lakers played entering Sunday's contest against Orlando, the Lakers had won eight, moved to four games over.500 and moved within half a game of first place in the Western Conference.
In the absence of a consistent, legitimate No. 2 option, the Lakers are forced to try to win by committee.
Still, James is arguably the best decision maker ever with the ball in his hands so he still requires handling the majority of the offense.
That change in fortunes has been powered by LeBron James, who has mined a rich vein of form (averaging 29.2 points per game in November) to carry the Lakers up the standings.
It is becoming abundantly clear that the Lakers' fortunes this year are going to hinge largely on Ingram and Kuzma, which is looking more and more like a problem. Mitchell suffered the injury and left the game for good with 9:05 remaining in the second quarter with the Jazz trailing 26-20 at the time.
John Collins had 23 points and 11 rebounds and blocked Kemba Walker's runner as time expired, helping Atlanta snap a 10-game losing streak with a victory over Charlotte.
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With 31 assists in L.A., Orlando has now racked up more than 30 dimes four times this season. He had better figure it out, or his role as a starter and perhaps his future with the team could be compromised as he is letting his teammates down by his passive approach.
"We never really got in a rhythm shooting the ball", Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "Every game we come out with even more anger".
Their shaky interior defense, the major issue during their sluggish start, has been shored up by the acquisition of veteran center Tyson Chandler to provide back up to starter Javale McGee. With the loss, the Jazz falls to 8-11 on the year.
James is also struggling from the free throw line. The problem is, most often he is either unstoppable or can't buy a shot.
"I always got a chance at a shot", James said of his positioning - two feet in the paint with seemingly an angle to sneak a layup by Nikola Vucevic - when he chose to kick it out to Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers have a winning record and that is a good thing.
This may not have been in the manner that the Lakers had hoped to play coming off Thanksgiving, it was a win that showed that the team is continuing to grow in the right direction even not nights when things are not clicking.