April 27, 2013 |
It's become a record-breaking playoff run for the Lakers, not the kind they ever expected when Steve Nash put ink to paper last July, followed a month later by the Dwight Howard acquisition. The Lakers have lost three consecutive playoff games by double digits only one other time (1970 against Phoenix), according to Elias. They just suffered their most one-sided playoff defeat at home. And they haven't been swept in the first round since 1967 by the San Francisco Warriors in what was called the Western Division playoffs.
April 24, 2013 |
Join Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and NBA editor Barry Stavro today at 11:30 a.m. for a live video discussion of the Lakers' and Clippers' NBA playoff hopes. The Lakers are down, 1-0, to the San Antonio Spurs, with Game 2 taking place tonight. As Bresnahan wrote Tuesday , "There's one big, blistering question facing the Lakers . "So, uh, who's going to score for you guys? "In three games without Kobe Bryant , the Lakers have shot 37.9% and averaged 89.7 points, the latter stat padded by nine points in overtime against Houston last week.
April 23, 2013 |
The Rolling Stones famously expressed their sympathy for the devil, and now they'll get a chance to do the same toward the NBA, as the league's basketball playoffs have shifted what was to be the opening of the band's 50 and Counting tour back a day to May 3. Other dates on the tour, now consisting of 17 dates in 10 cities through June 21, are unaffected. Tickets for the originally announced tour opener on May 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles will be honored on the new date. Those who cannot attend on May 3 will be able to get refunds at the point of purchase.
April 21, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Steve Nash stared at an unknown point way up high inside AT&T Center, shaking his head and muttering to himself as he went to the sideline for a timeout. Two minutes had barely passed in the third quarter of the Lakers' playoff opener Sunday. He was three for 10 at the time against the San Antonio Spurs and looked every bit like a 39-year-old coming back from a three-week layoff. "I'm not myself," Nash said. "I'm not moving that well. I'm struggling a little bit. I probably had a few shots in there that I probably normally make, but I still think it's important to try and contribute.
April 19, 2013 |
It's the playoff rematch of the Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies . They will be meeting in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs for the second consecutive season. And if this seven-game series that starts Saturday at Staples Center is anything like last year's, it will be another epic playoff between two teams that have a healthy dislike for each other. The Clippers won last year's series in historic fashion, taking Game 7 in Memphis against all odds.
April 19, 2013 |
The release arrived Friday afternoon with the breathless headline "LAKERS ISSUE FRAUD ALERT. " No, it wasn't about getting the No. 7 seeding in the Western Conference with a $100-million payroll. The Lakers wanted to warn fans about scams associated with buying playoff tickets from third-party sources while conveniently directing them to a ticket exchange on their team website. The Clippers issued a similar release about an hour later. It's a sad reality that the NBA playoffs are filled with cruel intentions.
April 18, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. pick which NBA team in each conference is the most likely to pull a first-round upset. Feel free to add your picks in the comments section. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times Golden State could beat Denver in the West. The young, athletic Warriors match up reasonably well with the young, athletic Nuggets. All it's going to take is for Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to stay crazy hot throughout the series and for the Warriors to win a game at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets have an NBA-best 38-3 record.
April 18, 2013 |
WESTERN CONFERENCE LAKERS VS. SPURS 2. San Antonio 58-24 (Home: 35-6; Road: 23-18) 7. Lakers 45-37 (Home: 29-12; Road: 16-25) Season series: San Antonio, 2-1. Key stat: Kobe Bryant will play zero games in the series after tearing his left Achilles' tendon April 12, taking his averages of 27.3 points and 6.0 assists off the board. His presence may be even more irreplaceable. Outlook: The Lakers unveiled a template for beating San Antonio in their most recent meeting, playing lockdown defense to disrupt the Spurs' precision passing game while holding them to 37.1% shooting in a 91-86 victory.
April 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - For just the second time during his 11-year career, Caron Butler has played in as many as 78 regular-season games. And for Butler, being injury-free for the playoffs, which start Saturday for the Clippers, is key. When the Clippers met the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in 2012, Butler suffered a broken left hand in Game 1. He missed Game 2 but played in the rest of the Clippers'...