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April 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers needed to win all four games in Week 24 to stay ahead of the Utah Jazz. They did -- but in the process lost Kobe Bryant for the year with an Achilles' tendon tear. The week started with good news on the health front. Metta World Peace made a surprising return , just 12 days after knee surgery. Watching his teammates, especially Bryant, play major minutes gave World Peace incentive to get back on the floor ahead of his four-to-six-week time frame. Though World Peace was able to make it back for Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets, Steve Nash still wasn't ready to return from hip and hamstring soreness.
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April 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Metta World Peace is back in the lineup for the Lakers, but he'll remain a reserve until his knee improves. "Physically, he was limping and didn't look good last game," said Coach Mike D'Antoni of World Peace's four-point performance Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. "He'll eventually be back in the starting lineup, as soon as he gets back to his normal form. " Even World Peace was surprised that he was able to return 12 days after undergoing knee surgery for torn cartilage.
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April 12, 2013 | By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times
NEW ORLEANS - They were like the Three Amigos in the fourth quarter, playing all 12 minutes, doing their parts to help the Clippers finally get by the New Orleans Hornets. Jamal Crawford had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth, Eric Bledsoe all nine of his points in the final quarter and Matt Barnes had seven of his 16 points in the last quarter. That trio played as big a role for the Clippers as anybody else. "I think our biggest contribution to this team is our energy and our effort," Barnes said about the group.
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April 12, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
NEW ORLEANS - Every one of the Clippers claimed they were not looking past the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night and looking ahead to Saturday night's showdown at Memphis. Still, it took the small three-guard lineup of 6-foot Chris Paul, 6-1 Eric Bledsoe and 6-5 Jamal Crawford and 6-7 Matt Barnes and 6-10 Blake Griffin at the forward positions for the Clippers to finally escape the Hornets, 96-93, at New Orleans Arena. "Can't never look ahead," said Paul, who had 17 points and 14 assists to go along with seven rebounds.
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April 11, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
NEW ORLEANS - The Clippers know how high the stakes will be when they face Memphis on Saturday, something Blake Griffin said he and Chris Paul and the rest of their teammates couldn't help but address in the locker room recently. By no means are the Clippers looking past the New Orleans Hornets at the start of their two-game trip on Friday night. It's just that the Clippers' game against the Grizzlies carries all the weight. When the Clippers and Grizzlies meet at the FedEx Forum, the outcome could determine who has the home-court advantage if these two teams continue to stay on course as first-round playoff foes.
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April 11, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Kobe Bryant would like some rest eventually. Just not a whole summer's worth. The finish line to the Lakers' playoff push is in sight, and Bryant is ready to breast the tape at the point of unconsciousness if necessary. "Three more [games] and then get a couple of days off, hopefully," Bryant said Wednesday night after squeezing 48 minutes and a season-high 47 points out of himself during the Lakers' 113-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. About the only time Bryant has left the court in the Lakers' last six games has been for timeout huddles and at halftime.
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April 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and Clippers writer Brad Turner at 11:30 a.m. today as they hold a live video chat about their respective teams. You will be able to ask them questions during the chat, which will take place on this blog post. The Clippers are assured a playoff spot, but the Lakers are still battling for the last playoff spot in the West, enhancing their chances with a big victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday. As Bresnahan wrote , "It could have been the Lakers' darkest hour this season, losing at home to the New Orleans Hornets.
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April 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (41-37) muscled out a win on Tuesday night at Staples Center with a 104-96 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. On Wednesday in Portland, they'll have the chance to achieve something they've failed at 15 straight times -- winning two games on consecutive nights.  More importantly, a victory over the Trail Blazers would keep the Lakers in eighth place ahead of the 41-38 Utah Jazz. The Lakers lost their very first back-to-back set of the year in Portland on Halloween as the Lakers began the year 0-2. Seven times the Lakers have won on the first night but couldn't close the deal in the second.  In four cases the Lakers rebounded from a first-game loss - in four they lost both games.
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April 9, 2013
Join Lakers Now blogger Eric Pincus at 1 p.m. Tuesday to chat about the Lakers and their chances to make the playoffs as they chase the Utah Jazz. With five games to go, will the Lakers win out?  Will Utah lose another game to open the door? The Lakers lost a crucial battle on Sunday, getting swept by the Clippers. They're now half a game behind the Jazz in the standings, and Utah owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The challenge starts at Staples Center on Tuesday against the New Orleans Hornets.
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April 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (40-37) host the New Orleans Hornets (27-50) on Tuesday in a game that is vital to their playoff chances. The Hornets are one of the worst teams in the league, but they're still playing to win games, taking five of their last 10. They gave the Lakers a true scare in early March, pulling ahead by 25 in New Orleans before the Lakers staged a tremendous comeback. Steve Nash is doubtful for Tuesday, with hamstring and hip soreness. With the Utah Jazz ahead in the standings by half a game, the Lakers simply can't afford to lose to the Hornets.
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