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March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Point guards are the lifeblood of Coach Mike D'Antoni 's system, the heads of the snake that drive and score or kick out to open shooters in a perfect basketball world (see: Steve Nash , 2005). Too bad none of them can stay healthy on the Lakers. Nash has played only 11 games because of his chronically sore back, Jordan Farmar has played only 36 games and backup point guard Xavier Henry has spent more than two months on the sidelines. Kobe Bryant , a backup point guard for a while, lasted all of six games this season.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Bad teams and the end of the season can make for some strange situations. Healthy players can develop mysterious (read: nonexistent) injuries. Productive veterans can lose playing time to unproven youngsters. Then there is what happened to Mark Madsen on April 19, 2006. The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward who had not taken a three-point shot in 135 games and 1,617 minutes over parts of the previous three seasons took seven shots from beyond the arc . . . in a span of 9 minutes 4 seconds.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-46; Magic 19-50 through Friday. Record vs. Magic: 0-1. Update: Pau Gasol had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists but the Lakers lost to Orlando two months ago, 114-105. Orlando owns the league's worst road record, an abysmal 4-32 going into Saturday's game at Utah. Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo has an outside shot at winning the league's rookie-of-the-year award.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A foreign legion? Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni , on the need for his team's young players to prove themselves in the final stages of a lost season: "This is their future. This is not just, 'Oh, we're having a bad year.' No, your next stop is Europe, so it's like you know what, let's buckle up. They shouldn't have a minute where you don't play hard. They have to understand the importance of this time. " Fashion cop Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack , on wearing the NBA's sleeved uniforms: "We're like the beach police.
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March 21, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Reinforcements arrived for the Lakers at a time when they could exchange their entire roster for the Western Conference All-Stars and it wouldn't matter. Their season is pretty much done. On the bright side, Steve Nash may not be. The veteran point guard played only eight days after being declared out for the season, about the only highlight of the Lakers' 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Staples Center. Nash tallied a season-high 11 assists to go with five points, four rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes while coming off the bench for the first time since March 9, 2000, as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
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March 21, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season, and Ryan Kelly might not be either. For Kelly, that would be a good thing. It would mean he's still in the NBA. A late second-round pick out of Duke in last year's draft, the 6-foot-11 power forward wasn't even assured of making the Lakers' roster. The rookie didn't have a full preseason to prove himself because he was still recovering from surgery to repair a screw that was first inserted in his right foot to stabilize a broken bone in March 2012.
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March 20, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Chris Paul pulled his right hand out of his pocket and looked intently at his thumb, almost as if he were trying to see beneath the skin. The Clippers' point guard sprained his thumb Feb. 21, adding to what has become a maddening succession of injuries. The sprain came after he separated his right shoulder Jan. 3 and sat out 18 games, but before the groin tweak he felt March 10 and the left ankle he rolled last Monday. "It's all right," he said of the thumb, though it probably isn't, at least not entirely.
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March 20, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA and its sponsors may be on the verge of patching things up. Fans could see sponsor patches on team jerseys within five years, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly said at the IMG World Congress of Sports on Wednesday in Dana Point. One can almost envision a State Farm patch on a Clippers jersey or a Turkish Airlines patch on a Lakers jersey, aligning those teams' stars with their favorite sponsors. “It just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get that much closer to our fans and to our players,” Silver said at the conference, according to ESPN.com.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
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