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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 26-55, Spurs 62-19. Record vs. Spurs: 0-3. Update: The Lakers didn't fare so well the last time they played in San Antonio, losing by their largest margin ever against the Spurs (34 points). San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record and might rest some starters against the Lakers. Then again, all the Spurs' starters sat out the fourth quarter of that game last month in San Antonio.
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April 15, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers climbed to 26 wins on Monday night, defeating the Utah Jazz, 119-104, behind a big night from Nick Young. In beating the Jazz, the Lakers lost the chance to finish the season tied with Utah at 25 wins. The Jazz (24-57) have the fourth-worst record in the NBA. A Lakers' loss could have set up a three-way tie in the NBA draft lottery standings with the Jazz and Boston Celtics (25-56) -- each having a 9% chance at the top overall pick. Instead, the Lakers have dipped down to sixth in the lottery, with a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 selection.
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers limped through Week 24, dropping three more games to see their losing streak grow to seven. Naturally, the week began with injury news: Xavier Henry was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair both his knee and his wrist, sidelining him for much of the off-season . Kent Bazemore was also declared out for the remainder of season with a torn foot tendon . In a rare on-court highlight, Steve Nash ...
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have two games left before they wrap a miserable regular season. Despite the team's down year, point guard Jordan Farmar said if it was up to him, he'd be back next season with the franchise. "Of course, I'd be a Laker," he said after the Lakers' 102-90 loss on Sunday night to the Memphis Grizzlies.  "And if I was [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak], I would sign me. " Farmar left a significant amount of money behind over the summer, when he bought out his contract to leave Turkish team Anadolu Efes, to return to the NBA. "I came back with a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm at being back," said Farmar, who missed 41 games with hamstring and groin injuries.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY  - Mitch Kupchak paused for several seconds. It wasn't an easy question to answer. What will be Mike D'Antoni's fate? Finally, the Lakers' general manager spoke briefly about the Lakers' coach. "I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times. It represented a departure from his comments last month that D'Antoni was "doing a great job under the circumstances.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-55) play arguably their most important game of the season on Monday night, visiting the also-lottery-bound Utah Jazz (24-56). Measured by futility, both teams are well-positioned for the 2014 NBA draft lottery. The Jazz are currently the fourth-worst team in the league, but another win would push them into a three-way tie in the win column with the Boston Celtics and Lakers. While each team would have an equal 9% chance at the top pick in the NBA draft, the league would flip coins to determine the order of each franchise -- should they not win the lottery.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers head into Week 25, the final week of the season, with a seven-game losing streak. Should the Lakers lose their final two games, they would climb into at least a tie with the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. While the season hasn't exactly been fun for their fans to watch, the Lakers should be rewarded with a top prospect in June's NBA draft. Injuries have been the story, with Pau Gasol (vertigo), Chris Kaman (calf), Kobe Bryant (knee)
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 102, Utah Jazz 87 (end of regulation) The Lakers had everything to gain with a loss in Utah on Monday night, but Nick Young wasn't thinking about the team's lottery standing when he scored 41 points to lead the Lakers to a 119-104 win. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers started the fourth quarter on a 16-1 run. The Jazz never recovered, falling to 24-57 on the season with one game left to play. Utah can clinch at least the fourth position in May's 2014 NBA draft lottery with a loss Wednesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - Poor Lakers. They lose even when they win. They hammered the similarly woeful Utah Jazz on Monday, 119-104, but damaged their lottery percentages for the draft. If the Lakers had lost, Utah would have caught them (and Boston) in the overall standings, forging a three-way tie for the NBA's fourth-worst record. BOX SCORE: Lakers 119, Jazz 104 Now the Lakers (26-55) will probably finish with the sixth-worst record and a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 pick at the May 20 lottery.
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