November 29, 2012 |
Coach Mike D'Antoni is blunt about how the Lakers' recent performance went against the Indiana Pacers. "We've got to do better than 77 points, that's ridiculous," said D'Antoni. "What I'm a little discouraged about is, how do you score 77 points when you take 43 foul shots? That's hard to do. You've got to be a pretty special team to be able to do that. " The Lakers have struggled much of the year with turnovers and missed free throws, starting the season 7-8. "If it [had been]
June 17, 2010 |
Last man gets the court. Make that the last defender(s). Which is why Paul Pierce was one of the first Celtics, if not the first, off the court, as Staples Center buckled and gave way to bedlam and celebration to the NBA champion Lakers. Which is why Ron Artest, wearing his 2010 champions hat, was still out there, leaning back in joy amid the chaos. His teammate, Kobe Bryant, had pounded the verbal point home, time and time again during the long-and-winding and seemingly never-ending playoffs, that defense would be the difference.
December 13, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Boos have rarely turned to laughs so quickly. New York Knicks fans let the Lakers have it during pregame introductions, jeering Mike D'Antoni (because he used to be their coach) and Kobe Bryant (because he's Kobe Bryant) with equal vocal power. By the end, though, the product the Lakers put on the court drew cheers of amusement and derision Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Actually, it started in the first quarter, long before the Knicks' 116-107 victory.
December 9, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant was the first Laker to walk off the floor at the end, expressionless and not sticking around to exchange pleasantries. At this point, what is there left to say? The Lakers are losing at home and on the road with the same regularity, a 117-110 defeat against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night at Staples Center the latest in a season full of them. A team that began the season with NBA Finals-or-bust aspirations has perfected the second part of that equation, falling to three games below .500 for the second time.
June 9, 2010
Mike Dunleavy, former coach and general manager of the Clippers, is The Times' guest analyst on the NBA Finals. Dunleavy has coached four NBA teams — the Clippers, Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers. He was NBA coach of the year in 1999 with Portland. The Lakers got big production from their two Ds in Game 3. That's Defense and D. Fisher. Derek Fisher was really impressive in the fourth quarter. It seems like he's been making big shots forever, and he made three huge ones down the stretch to clinch this victory.
November 10, 2013 |
The whiteboard inside the Lakers' locker room spelled out the defensive plan in various shades of marker. Find Kevin Martin. Watch Kevin Love's outlet passes. Make Ricky Rubio a shooter and not a driver. Fail. Fail. Fail. At least the Lakers were consistent. In a performance so appalling they were booed in the first quarter, the Lakers reached a new low Sunday night at Staples Center during a laughably lopsided 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Martin (27 points)