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January 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (17-25) play the Utah Jazz (23-19) for the third and final time this season Friday night at Staples Center. Dwight Howard is expected to start at center, surviving a scare against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday when he re-aggravated his injured shoulder. The Lakers lost, 95-86, in Utah on Nov. 7 with the Jazz getting a big night from Randy Foye off the bench. That early in the season, the Lakers were playing without Steve Nash in a rare Steve Blake appearance. It was also the final game Mike Brown coached the team.
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February 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers finished the Grammy road trip with two wins in four tries, surviving in Charlotte and a solid victory in Brooklyn. The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat were too much to deal with, but the Lakers finished their extended road trip with a 4-3 record. With the All-Star Game this weekend, the Lakers only have two on the schedule. The playoffs are still in range, but the Lakers simply need to win and win often. Overall, the team is still five losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-15 . Tuesday vs. Phoenix Suns The biggest letdown on the seven-game road trip was in Phoenix on Jan. 30. The Lakers completely fell apart in the fourth quarter, giving up 29 points while scoring just 13 in a 92-86 defeat.
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December 7, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.  It's the first time the two will meet since the Thunder bounced the Lakers from the second round of the playoffs (4-1) back in May. The Lakers have since revamped their roster, although the Thunder will likely see a pared-down version with Steve Nash (leg), Pau Gasol (knees) and Steve Blake (abdominal surgery) sidelined with injury. Oklahoma City has also made a serious change, trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and other considerations.
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August 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant was a popular topic last week, opening up to Jimmy Kimmel for an hour of conversation on Thursday in front of a packed house at Nokia Theatre. The Lakers All-Star guard told Kimmel he isn't sure if he'll play on opening night (Oct. 29), although he had said in recent interviews that his surgically repaired Achilles tendon feels "really, really good. " Shaquille O'Neal chimed in to say he sees Bryant trying to be ready for the season opener .  Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak admitted, " Kobe is a big question mark . " Bryant also sees a return to Pau Gasol as a return to winning.  He's also not a fan of how ESPN ranked the Lakers in the Western Conference.
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