After missing the Raptors' crushing 121-107 win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers as 1.5-point underdogs on Sunday, an ankle injury also kept the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year out of Monday's contest.
"It was very, very hard to make a game of it when you are trying to expend so much energy trying to get back into it", said James.
Lakers president Magic Johnson met with Walton last Tuesday about the team's slow start, but Johnson told the Los Angeles Times the discussion had nothing to do with Walton's job security and he'll finish the season as the team's coach "unless something drastic happens, which it won't".
With their win over the Jazz, the Raptors improved 10-1 on the season, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference and tops in the National Basketball Association overall. "We're last in defense". And they put it on us. And they got into a comfort zone.
James had 18 points and six assists, but saw his side end the first quarter down 42-17, a 25-point deficit which goes down as the team's worst opening frame in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55), per ESPN.
"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even-keeled", James said. "We going to watch some film and things of that nature". To put that in perspective, Philadelphia led the National Basketball Association in turnovers last season with 16.3 per game. "You don't look too much into it". "We had it in spurts but for the majority of 48 minutes, we didn't have it". But you never let the outside noise get to you and if you do that, that can cause you problems.