April 28, 2011 |
Reporting from New Orleans The first round finally ended for the Lakers, perhaps a game or two too late, but whatever. No more getting outrebounded by the sawed-off front-line of the New Orleans Hornets. No more triple-doubles for Chris Paul. No more April anxiety for Lakers fans who witnessed too many downs this season to recognize the ups. The Lakers moved on to the Western Conference semifinals after short-circuiting the Hornets, 98-80, and winning the best-of-seven series, 4-2, Thursday at New Orleans Arena.
April 27, 2011 |
Kobe Bryant eased his way out of the Lakers' locker room about 45 minutes after Tuesday night's game at Staples Center and kissed his wife, Vanessa, who was sitting in the hallway. Then Bryant eased his way down the hallway to the postgame interview room, hardly any limp, just a steady, slow walk on a sprained left ankle. Bryant played 28 minutes 38 seconds on the injured ankle, scoring 19 points on eight-for-13 shooting, doing his part to help the Lakers defeat the New Orleans Hornets, 106-90, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.
April 24, 2011 |
Reporting from New Orleans The season that won't stop teasing Lakers fans reached a new level — annoyance. And fear. The Lakers and their alleged reputation — two-time defending champions, second-seeded team in the Western Conference — were scoffed at again by the New Orleans Hornets. There was absolutely no trepidation as Chris Paul ripped through the Lakers in a 93-88 Hornets victory that evened the first-round playoff series at two games each Sunday night at New Orleans Arena.
April 23, 2011 |
Reporting from New Orleans The goal for the Lakers is to push the New Orleans Hornets to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The goal for the Hornets is to pull even with the Lakers in the best-of-seven series. They are two teams with the same goal, which is to win Game 4 on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena. Only one of them will accomplish that goal. "Sunday's game is the most important game of the series — for both teams," Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said after practice Saturday.
April 22, 2011 |
Reporting from New Orleans Something clicked for the Lakers. They finally realized they were playing the New Orleans Hornets. When the two-time defending champions play an outclassed seventh-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs, hiccups and bugs shouldn't be part of the project this early. So the Lakers turned to their old familiar names to take a 100-86 victory in Game 3 of the first round Friday at New Orleans Arena. Kobe Bryant had 30 points, Pau Gasol showed a semi-rebirth with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series by running away with the fourth quarter.
February 23, 2011
CLIPPERS TONIGHT at New Orleans When: 5 p.m. Where: New Orleans Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 21-36. Hornets 33-25. Record vs. Hornets: 1-1 Update: Numerous outlets were reporting that the Hornets had acquired forward Carl Landry from Sacramento for Marcus Thompson and David Andersen, saying the details could be finalized Wednesday. New Orleans has lost three straight games, and the Clippers are 2-7 on this trip with two games remaining.
February 5, 2011
Lakers Tonight at New Orleans Time: 5 PST On the air: TV: Channel 9; Radio: 710, 1330. Where: New Orleans Arena. Records: Lakers 34-16, Hornets 32-19. Record vs. Hornets: 2-0. Update: The Hornets are an impressive 20-5 at home, though they lost to the Lakers, 103-88, Dec. 29 in New Orleans. The Hornets have enjoyed a surprisingly strong season and a few streaks as well. They started off 11-1 before fading a bit and then regained momentum with a recent 10-game winning streak.
February 5, 2011 |
Reporting from New Orleans The start of a seven-game, 13-day trip for the Lakers proved to be anything but easy, even against an injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets team. It meant the Lakers had to dig down on defense. It meant they had to take care of the basketball. And perhaps more important, it meant leaning on Pau Gasol to deliver. The grind-it-out 101-95 victory over the Hornets on Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena could be a harbinger for the Lakers because of the difficult road they still must travel on this trip.
January 6, 2011 |
It's an hour before tipoff and Chris Dubois, a diehard New Orleans Hornets fan clad in the NBA team's blue and gold jersey, sips a beer in a party zone outside the New Orleans Arena. A brass band plays nearby and, across the street, the imposing Louisiana Superdome rises 27 stories into the twilight. Five years ago, it was a torn and battered Superdome that held the nation's attention ? the iconic image of the devastation Hurricane Katrina heaped on the Gulf Coast ? as evacuees streamed down this street, desperate for shelter.