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April 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Duke's Jabari Parker has an important decision to make by Tuesday. The freshman forward is debating whether or not to declare for the 2014 NBA draft. Parker and Creighton forward Doug McDermott, who are both 6 foot 8, joined Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson on KSPN-AM (710) in Los Angeles for an interview on Friday. "It's a very tough decision, especially leaving behind my coach and all the people who are behind the program that really helped me out this year," said Parker.
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April 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Golden State Warriors (48-30) fell to the Denver Nuggets (35-44) by a single point on Thursday night, giving up a Kenneth Faried hook shot with 1.8 seconds left on the clock. The Lakers (25-53) have theoretically relished the role of playing spoiler to teams fighting for playoff position, although they haven't exactly gotten much done on that front -- losing seven of their last eight. Another loss would put the Warriors' hold on the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference at risk to the Phoenix Suns (47-31)
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April 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Golden State Warriors 112- Lakers 95 (end of regulation) All the Golden State Warriors needed was a big second quarter to put away the Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center. All-Star guard Stephen Curry scored 11 points in the second on four-of-five shooting with four rebounds and four assists. The Warriors went into the half up 15, a lead that held up for the night. Nick Young heated up for 20 second-half points and 25 for the game, but it wasn't enough for the Lakers to upset the playoff-bound Warriors Curry finished a triple-double, scoring 30 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.  Klay Thompson and Marreese Speights added 16 apiece.
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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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April 10, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers held one of their final practices of the season in El Segundo, preparing for their last two regular season games at Staples Center (Golden State Warriors on Friday and Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday). "I think guys just want to finish the season on a positive note. We have four games in six days," center Chris Kaman said Thursday after practice. "I don't think anybody is trying to give in now. " Of course Kaman is one of the team's many injured players, sidelined with a calf injury.
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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 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 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will have the opportunity to rebuild the Lakers (25-53) after agreeing to a multiyear contract extension. Kupchak has served as the team's general manager since 2001, winning four titles on his watch. Now the Lakers are almost done with their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. His contract was originally set to expire after the 2014-15 season. With the extension announced Tuesday, he will have more time to reshape the team after the moves to acquire Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't put the Lakers into contention.
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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 9, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Steve Nash wasn't exactly jumping up and down after moving up third on the NBA's all-time assists list during Tuesday's 145-130 loss to Houston. "It was a relief, to be honest," said Nash, a two-time league MVP. "I kind of just wanted to get it out of the way because I didn't want it hanging over my head or my teammates' heads, so it was nice to get it done. " It happened on a pass to Jodie Meeks for a dunk with 2 minutes 13 seconds left in the first half. Nash entered the game with 10,330 career assists, just four behind Mark Jackson's 10,334.  His pass to Meeks moved Nash to 10,335, now behind only John Stockton's 15,806 and Jason Kidd's 12,091.
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