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December 27, 2013 | by Houston Mitchell
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook had surgery on his right knee Friday and will be out through the All-Star break. "Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling," Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said. "After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs. "On the most recent MRI it was determined by the surgeon that there was an area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures, and it was necessary to evaluate Russell further.
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December 17, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Kobe Bryant has this thing he does, just when the Lakers are moments from being flattened by an oncoming train, he smiles and says, "What whistle?" Call it the no-look quote. Bryant has been doing this for years, his normal confidence level going into beast mode whenever his team is truly in peril. The swagger he brings into the final minutes of a game is wildly heightened when his team is in the final minutes before a meltdown. In Bryant's world, it's always dawn before the darkest.
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December 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Let's play a little word association. If you hear "jazz," what's the first thing that pops into your mind? Utah, right? Because nothing says "Dixieland" like the Beehive State. Or how about velociraptor, the dinosaur made famous in the movie "Jurassic Park"? Makes you think of Toronto, doesn't it? And what conjures thoughts of a cool mountain lake better then a desert? So it makes perfect sense that the first NBA team to play in Los Angeles should be called the Lakers. Well, not exactly.
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December 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kobe Bryant offered two words when quizzed by reporters about his apparent position change to point guard. "Unfortunately, yes," he said dryly. It meant a date with Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook on Friday. D'Antoni smiled when told about Bryant's eye roll. "Go out there and earn all that money, huh?" he said jokingly. Then he got serious. "I know it's tough. Sure it is. He's out of position a little bit, but I think a lot of guys are out. That's the way it is. "We can feel sorry for ourselves or we'll go out and do a bang-up job. And he will.
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December 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni had a suggestion for Pau Gasol and any other Lakers who didn't like their role in his offense. "Everybody, to a man, we've just got to play harder and worry about things less," he said Friday before the Lakers played Oklahoma City. "That's one thing, if they just don't want to do it that way. Then you have to accept it or not. But there's no reason to not play hard. " Most players like D'Antoni's high-scoring scheme, but Gasol told The Times on Thursday that he felt less aggressive because D'Antoni kept him too far from the basket.
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December 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Hitting the road with a two-game losing streak, the Lakers (10-11) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-4) on Friday night. The Thunder have won four in a row and 12 of their last 13 games. The Lakers will play without a true point guard with Steve Blake (elbow), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Steve Nash (back) all out with injuries.  Point guard duties will fall to Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry and Jodie Meeks - all out of position. Key matchup Kobe Bryant has played just two games this season, averaging 14.5 points a game on 40% shooting from the field.  Clearly rusty, Bryant has 11 turnovers in 57 minutes, although most were in his debut against the Toronto Raptors.
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December 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Pau Gasol found a new foe, aquamarine in color and sticking to him like nothing else. He stepped on chewing gum during postgame interviews in front of his locker and couldn't extricate it from the bottom of his shoe. Metaphor for the Lakers' season, anybody? The Lakers were a mess again, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-97, Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Bad things came in threes for the Lakers, who played without all three of their injured point guards and fell to 0-3 since Kobe Bryant's return.
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December 12, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers AT OKLAHOMA CITY When: 5 PST. Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 10-11; Thunder 17-4. Record vs. Thunder (2012-13): 1-3. Update: Oklahoma City has won 12 of its last 13, including quality victories over the Clippers (105-91), Golden State (113-112), San Antonio (94-88) and Indiana (118-94). The Thunder hasn't lost at home since May 15, when it was ousted by Memphis in the playoffs.
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November 28, 2013 | Mike Bresnahan
The geography of the NBA conference alignment can't be changed. But it can be lightly debated in a "what-if?" way. The Lakers, long a member of the Western Conference, would just as happily be members of the East this season, where only two teams are over .500. That's right. Two teams. The Lakers are 11th in the West with their 8-8 record. They'd be tied for third in the East with Chicago. "That's the way it goes. It's been like that for a while," Steve Blake said.
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November 22, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers again pointed to their inconsistent defense as they reflected on their 105-91 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Having the second-best offense (107.3 points per game) in the NBA didn't save the Clippers on Thursday because their attack was sputtering too. They needed their defense to get stops, but that didn't happen enough. "We show moments of being good, of really looking like we all have it down and we're always there on rotations," Blake Griffin said.
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