March 9, 2012 |
Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (23-15) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-19) Friday at Minneapolis' Target Center. 1. Will the Lakers play with effort? It's downright offensive that the public has to wonder whether the Lakers will do that, especially after losing two consecutive games to Eastern Conference dwellers the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards. But it's a fair question to ask. It remains to be seen whether this will spark the Lakers into fuller intensity or lead to more divisions within the team over Mike Brown.
March 13, 2012 |
1. The Lakers' 116-111 double overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies should be a big confidence boost. The big picture ramifications can't be overstated enough. The Lakers (26-16) have a 1 1/2 game lead over Memphis (24-17) for third place in the Western Conference. The game marked the Lakers' first signature road victory since winning last month at Boston. And most importantly, the Lakers' ability to overcome a 17-point deficit also represents growth. Considering the Lakers' 8-14 record, such a win in difficult circumstance have be the turning point they need in becoming a consistent road tim. 2. The Lakers Big Three made critical baskets.
April 2, 2012 |
Unlike in previous seasons, it doesn't appear that Andrew Bynum's latest injury has elicited much concern. After suffering what the Lakers termed a "moderate sprain" in his left ankle, Bynum told the team's website he would "definitely" play Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets. Bynum's initial X-rays turned out negative, and The Times' Mike Bresnahan noted that the team didn't consider the injury serious enough to warrant a follow-up MRI...
December 25, 2012 |
Perhaps the key question this year for the Lakers is whether or not Pau Gasol can fit into Coach Mike D'Antoni's system and play alongside fellow big man Dwight Howard. Gasol's best years were alongside Lamar Odom but Gasol has gradually been pushed further and further from the basket with the emergence of Andrew Bynum (and now Howard). In the Lakers' 118-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, the first game under D'Antoni with Steve Nash in the lineup, the team went often to Gasol in the high post. The forward/center would watch for cutting players, looking first for the pass and then the shot (six assists total)
December 27, 2012 |
Pau Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis on Thursday, according to a team release. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a tendon within the sole of the foot. It's a relatively common injury that can be resolved with treatment and orthotics (customized shoe inserts). Gasol's right foot was examined by Dr. Kenneth Jung via MRI. The Lakers list their forward/center as probable against the Portland Trail Blazers. Recently Richard Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls tore his plantar fascia, which has him still sidelined now for almost a month.
December 8, 2012 |
As noted by The Times' Mike Bresnahan , the Lakers are "debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis. " There's no question the team's forward/center and former All-Star has struggled to fit alongside Dwight Howard. Gasol has admitted multiple times that he's more comfortable closer to the basket, but that's where the Lakers have Howard positioned. Gasol does need to play stretches at center. That's where he'll flourish but coming off the bench doesn't achieve that.