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January 28, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Magic Johnson torched his favorite team again, telling "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on Monday night that the Lakers were in a bind largely because they had hired Coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson early last season. "He don't teach defense," Johnson said. "I can't stand to watch the Lakers play because the same play happens every single time on the Lakers - pick and roll and the guard goes all the way in for a layup. "What are we, 40-something games into the season?
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January 28, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Magic Johnson torched his favorite team again, telling “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno on Monday night the Lakers were in a bind because of “some critical mistakes.” The biggest of those mistakes, according to Johnson? Hiring Coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson early last season. “He don't teach defense,” Johnson said. “I can't stand to watch the Lakers play because the same play happens every single time on the Lakers -- pick and roll and the guard goes all the way in for a layup.
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January 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (16-27) near the end of their seven-game road trip with No. 6, a contest against the Orlando Magic (11-32) on Friday. The Magic have had a worse January than the Lakers, difficult to accomplish given the Lakers so far have just two wins in 2014. Orlando's lone victory of the year thus far came Tuesday in Boston. The team clearly misses center Nikola Vucevic, out since suffering a concussion in a loss to the Clippers. The Lakers lost on Thursday night in Miami. They'll play again without Kobe Bryant (knee)
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January 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Another disastrous third quarter led to the latest demise of the Lakers (16-28), who fell 114-105 to the lowly Magic (12-32) in Orlando on Friday night. Forward Tobias Harris was a force for the Magic, finishing with 28 points and 20 rebounds. Former UCLA guard Arron Afflalo had 23 points and six assists while point guard Jameer Nelson contributed 22 points and six assists. The Lakers held leads after the first (28-22) and second quarters (55-53) but fell apart in the third, giving up 38 points to trail by 11 points, 91-80, entering the fourth quarter and never recovered.
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January 15, 2014 | By Mike James
Magic Johnson has never been reluctant to give his opinion on how the Lakers are playing, and Wednesday he said the problems on the court can be traced to the owner's office. Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in his 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father Jerry Buss, who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. “This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired,” Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
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January 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It is still early in the process for the Clippers to find out what they will be like without Chris Paul, but at least they can say they are 1-1 in his absence since his latest injury. With Paul down with a separation of his right shoulder that will keep him from playing for up to six weeks, the Clippers turned to Darren Collison and DeAndre Jordan to lead them past the Orlando Magic, 101-81, Monday night at Staples Center. Collison, who starts at point guard in place of Paul now, had a big night, scoring 21 points on eight-for-11 shooting and handing out seven assists.
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January 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The teams in the final Bowl Championship Series national title game Monday at the Rose Bowl took completely different roads to Pasadena. Florida State used the high-speed express lane on its way to 13-0, cruising by one opponent after another. Auburn (12-1) took the mountainous back route, navigating potholes, detours and a few angry Georgia Bulldogs. It doesn't matter now, they're both here. So, which team takes home the crystal ball? Is it Auburn, a team of destiny that narrowly escaped Washington State in the opener and lost at Louisiana State by two touchdowns but somehow won the Southeastern Conference after two of the most improbable, back-to-back wins in the history of college football?
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January 5, 2014
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 23-13, Magic 10-23. Record vs. Magic: 0-1. Update: The Clippers have lost 11 of their last 13 games against the Magic, including the last five at Staples Center. The Clippers lead the NBA in average points scored in home games, at 109.7. Former UCLA star Arron Afflalo leads the Magic in scoring, averaging 21.2 points per game. - Broderick Turner
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