The Los Angeles Lakers currently sit at a record of 21-16 and are sixth place in the Western Conference. This is largely thanks to the addition of LeBron James as well as players like Rajon Rondo who have added some leadership and depth to the squad. With both of those players injured, the Lakers' younger stars have been called to rise to the occasion.

Last night the purple and gold defeated the Sacramento Kings 121-114 and after the game, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma commented on the team's success minus LeBron and Rondo.

"Just that we can do more as a young core and as a team," Kuzma told, ESPN. "We are not just one player, we just got to eliminate little mistakes and we could have won all three games [without them]. For us, it is just continue to keep getting better and better and when those guys get back, hit the ground running."

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Heading into the game against Sacramento, the Lakers had lost two games in a row which were also the first two games the team has had to play without LeBron this year. 

Kuzma and the rest of the team will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Los Angeles on Wednesday.