February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
February 2, 2014
John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak. Two days after being selected to the All-Star game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went seven for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Durant had 26 points on eight-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from three-point range, along with five turnovers.
January 30, 2014 |
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
December 12, 2013 |
Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks because of a torn ligament in his right elbow, meaning all three Lakers' point guards are injured. Blake joins Steve Nash (nerve damage in his back) and Jordan Farmar (torn hamstring) on the sideline. The Lakers have an open roster spot but won't add any point guards. They'll see how they fare on their upcoming four-game trip with Kobe Bryant at point guard, backed up by Xavier Henry. Jodie Meeks and Nick Young could also see time at the point.
November 26, 2013 |
The Lakers have been over .500 for just one game this season -- after their opening-night win over the Clippers. At 7-7, the Lakers are at .500 for the fourth time this year, with another chance to surpass it as they visit the Washington Wizards (5-8) on Tuesday night. The Wizards started the season slowly but have recently improved, winning three of their last four. Bradley Beal, the team's leading scorer at 20.6 a night, is questionable with a leg injury. Even so, the Wizards should still be a challenge for the Lakers.
November 26, 2013 |
Washington Wizards 116 - Lakers 111 (end of regulation) The Lakers had a chance to beat the Washington Wizards on the road but fell short in the final two minutes. Pau Gasol put the Lakers up 108-107 with 1:54 left on the clock. After a John Wall jumper, the Lakers turned the ball over twice -- allowing the Wizards to take a 113-108 lead with 28.9 seconds left. Gasol converted a three-point play with 24.5 seconds left to put the Lakers within two. Wall split a pair of free throws with 18.1 seconds to give the Lakers lift, down three.