February 25, 2014 |
While the Lakers (19-37) have the worst record in the Western Conference, the Indiana Pacers (42-13) are not only tops in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire NBA. Indiana plays stifling defense, holding teams to a league-best 90.9 points a night. Though the Pacers score only 98.8 a game, their point differential of 7.9 is unmatched. Although the Lakers score at a decent clip (100.6 a game), they allow 105.9 -- worst in the West. Indiana recently acquired guard Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers for veteran Danny Granger.
March 18, 2010 |
If UC Santa Barbara has any chance against fifth-ranked Ohio State in a first-round NCAA tournament game at Milwaukee on Friday, it might be because of its unusual defense. It's a brainteaser — even to some coaches who are used to facing it. Dan Monson, Long Beach State's coach, compared it to the annoying way Princeton plays offense. "You have to make a lot of basketball decisions against that zone that you don't normally have to make," he said after losing to the Gauchos in the Big West Conference tournament title game.
March 25, 2010 |
Midwest Regional Baylor (27-7) vs. St. Mary's (28-5): Center Omar Samhan has dominated in St. Mary's two tournament victories, but he'll be facing a Baylor lineup that can include 7-foot Josh Lomers, 6-10 Ekpe Udoh and 6-10 Anthony Jones. St. Mary's has also received strong guard play from Mickey McConnell and Matt Dellavedova. Baylor's backcourt of Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn is a good one, too, though the Bears have nearly as many turnovers as assists. Duke (31-5)
June 24, 2010
Now for the NBA draft, otherwise known as The Calm Before LeBron. In brief, Washington will take Kentucky's John Wall, who should awaken the Wizards from their deep sleep as if kissed by a prince. Then Philadelphia will take Ohio State's Evan Turner, who should awaken the 76ers, etc. Aside from the premium picks, however, Thursday's draft is merely final maneuvers for July 1, when LeBron James and a superstar-studded class with Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson are officially free agents.
December 29, 2013 |
The Philadelphia 76ers won only their second road game of the season by finishing off the Lakers, 111-104. The Lakers overcame a 13-point deficit to take a 97-94 lead with 5:46 left in the game. The 76ers responded with a 17-7 run to improve to 9-21 on the season. Philadelphia forward Thaddeus Young led all scorers with 25 points and he collected nine rebounds. Evan Turner added 22 points for Philadelphia, which shot 41.1% from the field. The Lakers struggled with their shooting, making only 36.9% from the field while turning the ball over 22 times.
December 16, 2012 |
Lakers 111 - Sixers 98 (final) The Lakers played a loose brand of basketball in Philadelphia on Sunday, taking advantage of a Sixers squad playing without their point guard (Jrue Holiday) and center (Andrew Bynum). The Lakers have a little more experience to this point without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, although not much to show for it in record. Metta World Peace was a force, scoring 19 points, pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds, blocking two shots and collecting four steals.
January 1, 2013 |
Sixers 103 - Lakers 99 (end of regulation) The Sixers upended the Lakers 103-99 at Staples Center Tuesday night. Jrue Holiday, who missed the December game between the two clubs, scored 26 points and dished 10 assists. The Lakers struggled to deal with Philadelphia's pick and roll much of the night. Spencer Hawes seemed to hit a long jumper every time the Lakers needed a crucial stop. Philadelphia missed four-straight free throws but the Lakers didn't have the time (or ability)
December 20, 2009 |
Feeling drafty already I'm coming to you live from The Times' Draft Central, which we're not showing you because it's my office at home and I haven't picked up lately. Not that this is a scoop, but a furious debate is already underway . . . as to who the No. 2 pick will be. Forget No. 1. That's locked up. 1. John Wall , 6-4, 195, Fr., Kentucky. Imagine Kobe Bryant as a point guard at 17. "I was sitting there with [a Western GM]," said another Western team official of Kentucky's Dec. 9 win over Connecticut in New York.
March 16, 2009 |
Duke is back in a familiar position: champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The No. 9 Blue Devils swamped upstart Florida State with a barrage of three-point shots on the way to a 79-69 victory in the title game Sunday in Atlanta, giving Duke its ninth ACC tournament crown in 12 years. Jon Scheyer, the tournament's most valuable player, scored 29 points, Gerald Henderson had 27 and the Blue Devils (28-6) turned in one of their most complete performances of the season.