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April 29, 2012 | By John Cherwa
Lakers 77, Nuggets 64 (end of third quarter) Anyone expectiung the Lakers to take their 10-point halftime lead and sit on it would have been wrong. They came out in the third quarter and played championship-caliber basketball. Andrew Bynum picked up his sixth and seventh blocks to go with 12 rebounds. Kobe Bryant started to find his range, scoring 17 points for the game. And Ramon Sessions proved to be the smart pickup with 14 points. Hey, even Pau Gasol hit a three-pointer to go with a slam that brought Staples Center to its feet.  Gasol was the only Laker starter not in double figures with nine points.
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April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Another sign of a team in decline - empty seats. There have been nine non-sellouts at home for the Lakers, a surprising number for a team that enjoyed 270 consecutive packed crowds at Staples Center until earlier this season. The franchise was startled when the sellout streak ended in mid-November against New Orleans. Now that game is considered the tip of the attendance iceberg. Last month was particularly bad for the Lakers, who failed to sell out five of eight home games, including one against the Clippers.
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August 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but that just leaves Laker fans even more time to discuss persisting topics. The pressing question, of course, involves whether the Lakers will an NBA championship in the 2012-13 season. That's the only standard the Lakers and their fans live by. And with the purple & gold acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it's left plenty of pundits and fans alike optimistic the Lakers will collect their 17th Larry O'Brien trophy next June. What will be the keys to make that happen?
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April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Nobody got hurt. The Lakers didn't lose by 50. There are only three games left. These were reasons for the Lakers to celebrate a 112-95 loss Friday to Golden State at Staples Center. The season that won't ever end is down to a handful of days. Nobody's complaining. No crying. Tension was sucked out of this season a month ago, if not longer. BOX SCORE: Golden State 112, Lakers 95 There's a lot of losing, though, six in a row for the Lakers (25-54) after a late run fell short, extending their team record for losses in a season.
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April 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The meeting between Coach Mike Brown and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant would mark an important breakthrough in defining their relationship. Bryant had remained quiet about Brown's hire as Phil Jackson's replacement since the front office didn't alert him beforehand. Brown arrived in Los Angeles to a throng of skeptics, and he needed to make sure Bryant wasn't one of them. And the meeting, set at a golf course in Orange County, reconfirmed what drives Bryant in his 16th season as he stressed the desire to win a sixth NBA title.
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August 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With the roster changes pretty much finalized, it's safe to envision how the Lakers will fare in the 2012-13 season. Sure, the Lakers will have to thin their 14-man roster during training camp, and no one can be sure how any potential deals might change the NBA landscape. But in the spirit of seeing how things have evolved for the Lakers since the 2012 NBA playoffs , this is one in a series breaking down potentially troublesome opponents. Team: Clippers Lakers' record vs. Clippers last season: 2-1 How Clippers fared last season: Finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 40-26 regular-season record.
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March 14, 2012 | By Mark Medina
A few things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (26-16) visit the New Orleans Hornets (10-32) Wednesday at the New Orleans Arena. 1. How will the Lakers' focus look? On paper, the Lakers should have no problem coasting to an easy win against the Hornets. You may have heard New Orleans doesn't have Chris Paul anymore. They're injury-depleted with Emeka Okafor (sore left knee), Eric Gordon (right knee contusion) and Carl Landry (second degree MCL sprain). The Hornets also rank second-to-last in total offense (88.19)
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August 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers' offseason has shifted from anticipating what moves the front office will make to assessing how the team will play in the upcoming season. That's included plenty of analysis on how the Lakers will match up against other teams and how players will perform next season. But it's missed one important facet. Until now. See, there are people who make a living making predictions about the future and pursuading the general public that we should believe their clairvoyant powers.
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March 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
1. Mike Brown needs to strike a balance involving Kobe Bryant's scoring. Let's face it. Without Bryant's league-leading 28.7 points per game, the Lakers would face a bigger offensive mess right now. That's saying a lot, considering that the Lakers are averaging their lowest points-per-game total (93.97) since before the beginning of the 24-second shot clock in the 1954-55 season. But Brown's heavy reliance on Bryant has both stunted the offense's development and worsened Bryant's energy level.
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March 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers remained so tight for time that they didn't bother settling into their hotel room. Instead, Coach Mike Brown recalled their trip to Sacramento two months ago on the second night of three consecutive games to open the season happened this way. They left L.A. at 9 p.m. Christmas night after a season-opening loss to Chicago. The team left its hotel at 9 a.m. the next morning for a two-hour shootaround. Then everyone ate lunch together. Around 2 p.m., the Lakers returned to their hotel, but just to pick up their bags for their evening game.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS VS. GOLDEN STATE When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-53, Warriors 48-29 through Wednesday. Record vs. Warriors: 1-2. Update: The Lakers haven't lost a season series to Golden State since 1994-95 but it could happen Friday night. Good thing the Lakers don't play this one in Oakland - they've lost twice up there this season by an average of 25 points.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant was annoyed. Really, really annoyed. The Lakers traded Steve Blake before the February deadline, immediately sending a dissatisfied Bryant to Twitter. He said he was "not cool" with the trade "AT ALL," hitting caps lock for effect and also calling Blake a "psycho competitor. " Blake is still appreciative two months later. He'll play with his new team, Golden State, against the Lakers in his return Friday to Staples Center. "Whenever you have support like that from a teammate, it feels great, especially from one of the greatest," Blake said in a phone interview.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse. As the losses pile up at a record-setting rate, the Lakers coach often responds with humor while fielding reporters' questions. It's sometimes self-deprecating and usually followed by a laugh, his way of coping with a season to be remembered for two things: many injuries, many losses. "You've got to be careful because if you get in these situations it doesn't help to swing wildly and just take everybody down," D'Antoni said.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
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April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A season of epic losses continued for the Lakers, who are dropping players almost as fast as they are games. Kent Bazemore was the latest to go down Monday after an MRI exam revealed the shooting guard had suffered a torn tendon in his right foot the previous day against the Clippers. He will miss the season's final five games and undergo surgery to repair the tendon. A timetable for his recovery will be given after the surgery. Bazemore joined Kobe Bryant (fractured knee)
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April 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kent Bazemore cried a little bit. Nick Young planted his face in a towel for a long time. Sunday was rough on them, the latest two injured Lakers. In another sign of a bad season, the Lakers have more hurt players (eight) than healthy ones (seven). Bazemore crumpled to the court and rolled around after sustaining a sprained right foot in the second quarter against the Clippers. The weird part was how it happened: Bazemore was merely dribbling near the three-point line, trying to keep the ball away from Darren Collison , when he felt a pop. He was helped off the court and scheduled for an MRI exam Monday.
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July 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Immediately after landing in Los Angeles, the spotlight followed Steve Nash. TMZ approached him moments after he exited the plane. Nash greeted a large media contingent Wednesday in his introductory news conference as a Laker. And he's continuing to make parodies spoofing various super hero and action movies. The latest is titled "The Bourne Laker," which features unnamed people grilling him on his background. I'm still awaiting confirmation if the interrogators included Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
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April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers just can't let go of the loss on Oct. 29 to the Lakers, using that season-opening defeat as fuel to wreak havoc whenever they play them. The Lakers remember the embarrassment of their last historical defeat to the Clippers, not wanting to feel that kind of pain again. So when the Clippers and Lakers encountered each other Sunday at Staples Center, both teams were on a course to see where this game would take them. The Clippers took what has become their normal path this season, blowing out the Lakers, 120-97, in their home game.
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