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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The seemingly never ending basketball season is nearing a conclusion _ or a beginning. As soon as the final games are completed on March 29, the club season will begin. Good luck on getting rest. But every game is an opportunity, and junior guard Max Hazzard of Loyola keeps building a resume. On Tuesday he gets to face junior guard Sedrick Barefield of Corona Centennial, an SMU commit, in a semifinal game of the Division I Southern California Regionals. Last week, Hazzard refused to let his team be eliminated.
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March 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The stretch of days the Clippers have off this week may not be enough to help their injured players return any sooner. After the Clippers play Monday night at the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles has four days off before playing Saturday against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. The Clippers won't practice Tuesday or Wednesday. That time off still may not help guards J.J. Redick (bulging disk in back) and Jamal Crawford (strained left calf) return to play. "I don't think it will be because one of them or both of them may not be ready," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Jordan Gathers, who played basketball at Woodland Hills Taft and Los Angeles Loyola, hit a three-pointer at the buzzer on Friday to give St. Bonaventure a 71-68 win over Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Here's the link to a story on Gathers. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS  - Kyle Anderson has that look again, the one he wears as he warms up before every basketball game. It's a predator's glare. Hungry. Determined. A little angry. The sophomore guard's UCLA teammates say he is fun to be around. But as he prepares to compete, he doesn't look like fun. "He likes to dance," said guard Jordan Adams, his roommate. "His favorite is the Dougie. But that's for behind the scenes. " For public consumption, Anderson paces around the court like a boxer in a ring, just waiting to get at that other guy. His head typically down, his face stoic, a you're-dead-to-me look emanates from his eyes.
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March 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
During Clippers Coach Doc Rivers' post-game news conference following a victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, he made a passing comment about the health of guards Chris Paul and Darren Collison. But as it has turned out, Paul was feeling fine on Tuesday after feeling some discomfort in his right groin muscle during the Suns game. Collison also was feeling better on Tuesday after he was hit in the groin area by Suns guard Goran Dragic during the game. Both Paul and Collison will play Wednesday night when the Clippers host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
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March 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
With Jamal Crawford out again because of a strained left calf and J.J. Redick still out because of a bulging disk in his lower back, the Clippers are missing a big part of their offense. Crawford is the reserve shooting guard who became the starter when Redick went down. Redick is the starting shooting guard when he's healthy. Together, they average a combined 34.4 points per game for the Clippers. Crawford, considered one of the leading candidates for the NBA's sixth-man-of-the-year award, is second on the team in scoring, averaging 18.7 points.
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March 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Derek Fisher made what may have been his last appearance on the Lakers' home floor at Staples Center, playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon in a 114-110 loss to the home team. Fisher, in his 18th season, has vowed to retire after the 2013-14 campaign. "He's talked about retiring," said Thunder Coach Scott Brooks on Sunday. "I've heard [our players] are planning on talking to him. Fisher can still play a few more years if he wants to play. " "It's not, 'If I can't,'" said Fisher after the game, acknowledging this was probably his last year.
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March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Minutes after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard that everything was fine, the guard said Friday in the double-amputee Olympic athlete's murder trial. Pieter J. Baba, who worked at the gated Pretoria community where Pistorius and Steenkamp lived, testified in Pretoria's High Court that the incident began for him when several people, including another security guard and some neighbors, reported hearing gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
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March 6, 2014 | By Chris Foster
SEATTLE -- The trip that means little to UCLA's immediate future was full of postcard moments Thursday. Jordan Adams had a career night. Freshman Zach LaVine had a triumphant, and chatty, return. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero even dropped by the locker room. All part of a 91-82 victory over Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena. What did it mean to the Bruins in the big picture? Absolutely nothing, at least as far as tangible returns. The chance for a Pac-12 championship is in the past.
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