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March 17, 2002 | Elliott Teaford
On the day after, the Clippers kept talking about Friday's loss to the Lakers. "That was the wildest game I've ever been in," Coach Alvin Gentry said. "One team went on a huge run, then the other." Gentry just as easily could have been speaking of the scuffle near game's end between Clipper center Michael Olowokandi and Laker center Shaquille O'Neal. Both players received their second technical fouls of the game and were ejected with 19 seconds to play.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Pau Gasol will sit out Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings because of a severe recurrence of vertigo. He returned to action Tuesday after missing four games because of dizziness and nausea but was relegated to his hotel room Wednesday after feeling similar symptoms. Gasol had nine points and four rebounds in the Lakers' 124-112 loss to Portland. He said afterward he experienced lingering effects of his illness while making turns on the court and said he might have come back too soon.
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February 28, 1993 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling it a "very dangerous situation," the NBA on Saturday suspended Danny Manning of the Clippers and Chris Gatling of the Golden State Warriors for one game and fined both $7,500 for their fight the night before, an action that will keep Manning out of tonight's game against the Lakers. The suspension, the result of Friday's third-quarter altercation at Oakland Coliseum Arena, will cost Manning, the Clippers' leading scorer, another $31,707.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash played Friday after a long absence but reinjured the damaged nerves in his back and probably won't play Sunday against Orlando. "I'm thinkin' doubtful," said Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, who added that Nash might return Tuesday against New York. Nash had five points and 11 assists in 19 minutes against Washington but left with 2:14 to play after reinjuring his back. He has played only 11 games this season. With Xavier Henry also sidelined, the Lakers are back down to one healthy point guard (Kendall Marshall)
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January 12, 1991
Having continued our season tickets after this year's 55% price increase, we consider ourselves to be loyal Laker fans. As nonsmokers, we are pleased that the management has decided to continue the policy of "Absolutely no smoking in the Great Western Forum." We were therefore surprised and very disappointed recently when we observed Dr. Jerry Buss and his companion smoking during a Laker game. BILL GROSS Long Beach
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May 15, 2004 | Larry Stewart
The Lakers' 74-73 victory over San Antonio in Game 5 of their NBA playoff series Thursday night provided ABC with a 6.0 national Nielsen rating, its highest of the playoffs so far. ABC's previous high was a 4.9 for Game 1 of the Laker-Spur series May 2. It was after that game that Thursday night's Game 5 was added to ABC's schedule. Previously, no weeknight game was scheduled to be shown on ABC before the NBA Finals. ABC, which has shown five playoff games, is averaging a 4.
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April 2, 1994
Good move by the Lakers in bringing back Magic to coach. Don't get fooled, though. This is just a marketing gimmick. Now the Lakers will be able to sell out all of their home games until the end of the season. We hope that Magic comes back next year and really makes a go at it. ANDREW C. UY Chino I was surprised to hear Magic Johnson say at his news conference: "It's going to be my way. It's either that or have a seat." Evidently, he has forgotten about his playing days when Paul Westhead was his coach.
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December 8, 2001
Top 10 signs that the Clippers have arrived: 10. Traffic jams on the 10 Freeway after a Clipper day game. 9. The Clippers give out promotional dolls and fans get into fights over them. 8. Staples Center concessions are all open for Clipper home games. 7. No one is giving away Clipper tickets anymore. You have to pay for them. 6. The Clippers sold standing-room-only seats on opening night. 5. There are lines at the men's room during games. 4. The Team L.A. store is carrying real Clipper souvenirs and clothing items.
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September 7, 2002
I was delighted to see Nikki Teasley on the front page of The Times in her joyous run around the court after her awesome three-pointer for the Sparks. I have been a Sparks' fan from the start and this is the first time I have seen coverage like this. However, as I went to the Sports section to read the articles, I was dismayed at the tone with which Bill Plaschke ended his column. Although I believe he meant to give women's basketball a boost, it sounded condescending. The message I got was, "Let them have their little game, what harm is there?"
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November 2, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers warned his players before the season that they'd better expect each opponent's best effort because of all the hype surrounding the Clippers. Rivers told his players that because they are considered championship contenders, teams are going to test the them to see if they can play up to that billing. That has been the case against the Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings to open the season. “It's like I told you guys before the Laker game.
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February 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash left the Lakers' game in the third quarter Sunday after suffering nerve irritation in the same leg that was fractured last season. Nash, who apparently collided with a Chicago Bulls player, left with eight points and two assists in 21 minutes. Nash, who turned 40 on Friday, was only three games into his comeback from a back injury that sidelined him a total of 31 games. Nash actually played well Friday against Philadelphia, finishing with 19 points and five assists.
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February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
CLEVELAND -- The Lakers won a bizarre game after Robert Sacre was allowed to keep playing despite picking up his sixth foul. Lakers center Chris Kaman wondered how he and Sacre each picked up six fouls in the first place Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It was hard to gauge what [referees] were trying to do," he said after the Lakers' 119-108 victory. "It's hard to know if they want it to be real physical. And some nights they don't let anything go by and they call everything.
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January 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers swingman Nick Young was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA after his altercation with Phoenix Suns players in a 121-114 loss on Wednesday. Young, the Lakers' leading scorer this season at 16.4 points a game, will miss the team's game against the Celtics on Friday in Boston. The NBA fined Alex Len $15,000 for his flagrant foul that sent Young into a rage. Marcus Morris, who received a technical for shoving Young during the scuffle, was fined $25,000. The incident occurred with 7:33 left in the second quarter and the Suns leading by one point, 36-35.
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January 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have lost nine of their last 10 games, including three in a row. Injuries have decimated the squad but the Lakers have competed in recent games. Poor second-half performances, however, have been fatal. "We're just mentally fatigued sometimes," said Coach Mike D'Antoni after practice on Thursday.  "We've got to play at a high level and we've got to sustain it, and so far we haven't done that. " On Wednesday, the Lakers were outscored by the Houston Rockets in the third quarter, 33-15 -- eventually falling 113-99.
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December 28, 2013 | Times staff reports
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook described it as "the most stressed out I've ever been in my life. " Cook was reliving his frame of mind during spring practice and fall camp, when he was trying to win the starting position. The third-year sophomore from Hinckley, Ohio, eventually broke through early in the season and helped lead the Spartans to their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988. Cook has passed for 20 touchdowns with five interceptions for a Michigan State team that plays Stanford on Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl.
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December 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  Kobe Bryant wasn't depressed. He wasn't inhaling chocolate-covered caramels and peppermint bark while trying to digest the latest injury that wrapped itself around his left leg. He shrugged off a fractured knee as if it were a torn toenail or mildly sprained wrist, even though he'd probably sit out another five weeks. He's paying attention, though, once again monitoring who's saying naughty and nice things about another Bryant injury. "Same old tune, it's just being sung a little more loudly now. Those types of things just really help me lock in more than ever," Bryant said Wednesday before the Lakers lost to the Miami Heat, 101-95.
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June 4, 2002 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Lakers are bigger in Los Angeles than the Super Bowl. Their 112-106 victory over Sacramento in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday drew a 36.9 L.A. rating, which translates to nearly 5 million viewers in this market. This year's Super Bowl, in which the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, on Feb. 3, got a 36.4 L.A. rating. Sunday's Laker game had a 60 share. The Super Bowl, because of an earlier start time, had a 61 share.
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December 28, 1999 | MIKE TERRY
The Clippers have no problem defining the motivation for winning six of their last eight, the last three in succession. Go back two weeks, to Dec. 14, when they were humiliated by the Lakers, 95-68. The Clippers scored only 19 points in the first half, setting a league record for futility since the advent of the shot clock.
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November 30, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30 PST Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 9-8, Trail Blazers 13-3. Record vs. Trail Blazers (2012-13): 3-1. Update: The Lakers have a tough time winning in Portland (3-12 in their last 15 there) but are much better at Staples Center against the Trail Blazers (14-2 since 2005). Portland is one of the NBA's biggest surprises thanks to forward LaMarcus Aldridge and a solid backcourt of Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews.
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November 23, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Maybe Kobe Bryant won't play this month. Bryant said a few days ago he could envision playing in November, but his coach didn't sound convinced Saturday. Mike D'Antoni said it would be "very hard" for Bryant to play during the Lakers' three-game trip next week. Bryant did not practice Saturday, the second consecutive time he skipped on-court team activities after two strong days of full-contact work. Bryant did individual running and shooting at the Lakers' training facility.
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