November 15, 2013 |
These are the games where all heads normally turn to Kobe Bryant. Regardless of title - opponent, teammate, fan or hater - everyone in attendance anticipates Bryant's time in the crunch for the Lakers, successful or not. But without him, you get a game like Friday's between the Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies, and a score that didn't favor the home team at Staples Center. GAME SUMMARY: Grizzlies 89, Lakers 86 Zach Randolph was the man on the spot and he delivered with several late plays to push Memphis to an 89-86 victory.
November 14, 2013 |
LAKERS TONIGHT VS. MEMPHIS When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 4-6, Grizzlies 3-5. Record vs. Grizzlies (2012-13): 1-2. Update: Penciled in as a playoff team when the season began, the Grizzlies haven't looked like one. Most recent evidence: a 103-87 loss at home to Toronto. Zach Randolph can become a free agent next season but is off to a poor start, averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.
November 2, 2013 |
Xavier Henry stood under the basket, a two-inch gash on his forehead, a smile on his lips. His blood was still being sopped from the Staples Center court as Lakers trainer Gary Vitti pressed a towel against the cut, the fabric doing little to stop the bleeding. Soon a black bandage was wrapped in several tight loops around the swingman's head. It all seemed like a great fuss about nothing to Henry, who cackled before shooting the two free throws he was due for being fouled by San Antonio's Jeff Ayres, not to mention the unwelcome collision involving his head and teammate Wesley Johnson's knee.
October 31, 2013 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 1-1; Spurs 1-0. Record vs. Spurs (2012-13): 1-2. Update: The Spurs were the ones who put an end to the Dwight Howard era in Los Angeles, sweeping the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs last season. Tim Duncan left the Spurs' season-opening 101-94 victory over Memphis because of a bruised chest after getting inadvertently elbowed early in the third quarter Wednesday.
October 28, 2013 |
Don't tell Clippers center DeAndre Jordan that the Clippers and Lakers are rivals, because he's not buying any of the “hype.” Yes, Jordan said, the Clippers and Lakers play in the same city, share the same arena and are both in the Pacific Division. Yes, the Clippers open the regular season Tuesday night against the Lakers in their designated home game. But in Jordan's eyes, it takes more than that for the Clippers and Lakers to have a rivalry -- like meeting in the playoffs, which the two teams have never done.
October 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When it came out a decade ago, “Capturing the Friedmans” riveted audiences with, among other things, its ambiguity: Did the documentary's Arnold and Jesse Friedman engage in the numerous acts of molestation that prosecutors alleged they did? The position of Jesse Friedman in particular, was unclear. As filmgoers will recall, the younger Friedman, barely 19 at the time of the charges in 1988, pleaded guilty when he realized there was no chance of winning at trial - and went to prison for 13 years - but has otherwise steadfastly maintained his innocence.