November 20, 2012 |
Lakers 95 - Nets 90 (final) It wasn't easy by the Lakers overcame 18 missed free throws to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 95-90. In their first official game under Coach Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers managed to get stops on multiple sequences to turn a six-point deficit into a five-point victory. Dwight Howard made 19 trips to the line, making just seven as the Nets began to foul him intentionally a la hack-a-Shaq. The Lakers shot just 51.4% from the stripe, helping keep Brooklyn in the game.
November 20, 2012 |
The Brooklyn Nets retooled over the summer, retaining Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace while adding Joe Johnson, CJ Watson and Andray Blatche. So far the Nets have been one of the best teams in the league with a 6-2 record, second in the East to their rival New York Knicks. The Lakers finish off a six-game home-stand on Tuesday night. Four victories in five tries have finally brought the team to .500. A win over the Nets would give the Lakers their first winning record of the season.
November 19, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 5-5; Nets 6-2. Record vs. Nets (2011-12): 1-0. Update: Brooklyn is off to a surprising 6-2 start, including five consecutive victories. Nets point guard Deron Williams is averaging 18 points and eight assists. Center Brook Lopez is averaging 17.8 points after missing almost all of last season. The Lakers have won eight consecutive games against the Nets, their last loss coming in November 2007.
November 19, 2012 |
The Lakers have climbed to eighth place in the Western Conference with a 5-5 record. Despite their 1-4 start, the team is only one win behind predictions for Weeks 1 , 2 and 3 . Already with Coach Mike D'Antoni's influence, the Lakers have raised their scoring average to 100.5 points a game. D'Antoni has said his goal is in the 110-to-115 range. The Lakers haven't beaten any top-tier team yet this season. With four games over a five-night stretch, D'Antoni's debut will not be an easy one. The following is a breakdown of the Lakers' Week 4 schedule (through Sunday)
July 28, 2012 |
Below are five things to watch when Team USA faces France in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics, beginning Sunday at 6:30 a.m. PDT. (We will host a live chat for any early birds crazy enough to join me). 1. Team USA can win by double-digit margins, but it has to try. There's very little chance the U.S. will lose this game, let alone the tournament. But Team USA can't exactly sleepwalk in the opener. Only the fans waking up in L.A. for the early tip can do that. France, after all, features a few NBA players, including Spurs point guard Tony Parker, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, future Spurs guard Nando De Colo, Spurs forward Boris Diaw and former Laker and current Clipper Ronny Turiaf.
July 3, 2012 |
Deron Williams, considered one of the top NBA free agents available this summer, says he is staying with the Nets. The All-Star point guard announced on his Twitter account Tuesday he will be staying with the team as it makes the move to Brooklyn next season. He tweeted a photo of the team's new logo along with saying he "made a very tough decision today. " The Associated Press reports a person with knowledge of Williams' decision says he is agreeing to a five-year contract worth $98 million.
June 28, 2012 |
For far too long, the Lakers' breakup with Lamar Odom provided no immediate benefits. Oh, the Purple & Gold possibly averted disaster, considering that Odom completely imploded with the Dallas Mavericks. But that didn't put the Lakers on the winning end of the deal. For one, Odom's inconsistency may not have been as drastic considering his comfort level with the Lakers. More importantly, the Lakers boasted the league's least productive bench, so anything Odom would've provided probably would've yielded a net positive.
June 26, 2012 |
The Brooklyn Nets made sure that Deron Williams would have no trouble finding a sign to remain with the team. For his 28th birthday on Tuesday, the Nets put a huge billboard outside of his home that read: ""HAPPY BIRTHDAY DERON! from your Brooklyn family. " Williams, a three-time All-Star who averaged 21 points and 8.7 assists last season for the Nets, becomes a free agent July 1. The Nets would like to sign Williams to a max contract extension, but he's expected to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent.
June 25, 2012 |
-- The Times' T.J. Simers argues that Kobe Bryant provides more problems than solutions for the Lakers' long-term future. Simers also talks to Jim Buss, who says he doesn't expect the Lakers to make any major moves . -- The Times' Bill Plaschke takes issue with some of Buss' comments to Simers. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who says the Lakers have to have a contingency plan in case Ramon Sessions isn't available as a free agent.