December 26, 2012 |
The Lakers (14-14) visit the Denver Nuggets (15-14) Wednesday night, playing on the second night of a back-to-back after beating the New York Knicks (100-94) on Christmas Day. The Nuggets also played Tuesday in the nightcap at Staples Center, losing 112-100 to the Clippers. Denver is a half-game ahead of the Lakers in the standings. The two teams met previously this season on Nov. 30 in Los Angeles as the Lakers won easily (122-103) despite playing without Steve Nash. Dwight Howard scored 28 points while collecting 20 rebounds. Antawn Jamison had his best game as a Laker with 33 points and 12 boards.
December 10, 2012 |
Until the Lakers get Pau Gasol and Steve Nash back from injuries, they're going to struggle. Gasol may be back during this week's four-game trip although Nash may still be a stretch to return. The previous week was mostly unsuccessful, dropping the Lakers four wins behind the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-6 . Heading out on a four-game road trip, the Lakers look vulnerable. Dec. 11 at Cleveland Cavaliers The Cavaliers have struggled recently, losing five straight. Health has been a problem with Kyrie Irving (finger)
October 30, 2012 |
The Lakers finally get to work on Tuesday night, opening the season at Staples Center against the Dallas Mavericks. The big question is whether or not Kobe Bryant will play after sitting out over a week with a bruised foot. Coach Mike Brown said Bryant is a game-time decision. If not, Jodie Meeks is expected to get the start. The Mavericks revamped the roster over the summer with players like O.J. Mayo, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and Eddy Curry. Dirk Nowitzki will start the season in street clothes, recovering from a knee injury. Kaman is also out, which means Curry will likely start despite joining the team off a waiver claim just days ago. The Lakers struggled through the preseason, losing all eight games. Even without Bryant, they'll be better once the season gets underway.
September 23, 2013 |
The Lakers added to their roster over the last week. Summer-league standout Marcus Landry signed a non-guaranteed contract on Monday. Second-round draft pick Ryan Kelly inked on Friday, although his deal isn't guaranteed as he struggles to recover from a foot injury. Recent signings Shawne Williams and Elias Harris have partially guaranteed contracts of $100,000 each. How well will the Lakers do this season? Steve Blake believes the Lakers will exceed expectations . Former Laker Metta World Peace said he believes the team will win the Western Conference . Coach Mike D'Antoni is just looking forward to a " normal " season.