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March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season, taking away a strong-willed and sometimes critical voice of the Lakers. But Pau Gasol has played more than six years with Bryant, long enough to pick up some of his behavior. Several days after criticizing some of his teammates' selfish play and Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball approach, Gasol was no longer angry. It's not as if his words directly led to a victory Friday against the Sacramento Kings. But he felt the need to crack the whip regardless.
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February 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After a lackluster first half, the Lakers rallied against the Memphis Grizzlies but it wasn't enough to steal a victory on the road. Playing their second game on back-to-back nights, the Lakers fell behind by as many as 22 points before rallying to within three, 106-103, with 14.9 seconds left on a long Jordan Farmar three-point shot. In the final moments, Courtney Lee hit a pair of free throws and Wesley Johnson missed a wild three-point attempt as the Lakers fell, 108-103. Jodie Meeks was the game's leading scorer with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.  Six Lakers hit double figures, including Johnson (18)
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February 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Another loss was swallowed up by the theatrics surrounding it, a common theme nowadays for the Lakers. Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't necessarily disagree with Pau Gasol's dour thoughts on the Lakers' offense. Yes, there had been too much one-on-one action. But D'Antoni definitely didn't like Gasol sharing his opinion publicly. "The thing I just don't appreciate, and I think every coach [too], you just keep it in house," D'Antoni said Wednesday before the Lakers lost to Memphis, 108-103.
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February 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After falling to the Indiana Pacers (43-13) on Tuesday, the Lakers (19-38) travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies (31-24) on Wednesday. Like Indiana, the Grizzlies are one of the top defensive teams in the league.  The Pacers easily handled the Lakers by 20 points (118-98). Memphis only averages 94.8 points a night offensively but the Lakers give up 106.2.  The Grizzlies are also trying to inch up from ninth place in the Western Conference, just 1 1/2 games behind the Phoenix Suns (33-23)
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February 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Welcome to the Lakers. Enjoy the crossfire. Newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks went all of six days before the latest Lakers drama unfolded, indirectly bringing them into the battle of words between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni . Bazemore's take since being traded to the Lakers? Whoa. "It's been a long season, especially for them," he said. "They've been probably doing this all year. I don't get caught up in that stuff.
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February 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MEMPHIS -- Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't necessarily disagree with Pau Gasol. Yes, the Lakers' offense had too much one-on-one action Tuesday against Indiana. But D'Antoni definitely didn't like Gasol's sharing his opinion with reporters after the Lakers' 118-98 loss to the Pacers. "I think it's a product of people getting frustrated and losing and everybody on one-year contracts. The thing I just don't appreciate, and I think every coach [too], you just keep it in house," D'Antoni said Wednesday.
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February 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
While the Lakers (19-37) have the worst record in the Western Conference, the Indiana Pacers (42-13) are not only tops in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire NBA. Indiana plays stifling defense, holding teams to a league-best 90.9 points a night. Though the Pacers score only 98.8 a game, their point differential of 7.9 is unmatched. Although the Lakers score at a decent clip (100.6 a game), they allow 105.9 -- worst in the West. Indiana recently acquired guard Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers for veteran Danny Granger.
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February 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
INDIANAPOLIS - The relationship between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, an uneasy truce in recent months, took a turn for the worse Tuesday. It spilled over after the Lakers were pounded by the Indiana Pacers, 118-98, a promising first half tumbling into a predictable, if not inevitable, ending for the Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Gasol was irritated with teammates putting up too many one-on-one shots and bothered by D'Antoni's small-ball lineup, which pitted the slender Wesley Johnson against power forward David West.
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February 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers play a tough pair on the road in Week 18, visiting the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies on successive nights. The team returns home to host the Sacramento Kings on Friday before getting the weekend off. The Lakers are finally getting healthier with Pau Gasol, Nick Young and Jodie Meeks returning during Week 17.  Xavier Henry should be back this week, although Kobe Bryant (knee) and Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) remain out. Through 56 games, the Lakers are 19-37, four behind cumulative expectations . Tuesday at Indiana Pacers The Pacers (42-13)
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February 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom recently signed to play overseas for Spanish team Laboral Kutxa (also known as Saski Baskonia). On Friday, the team held a news conference welcoming the two-time NBA champion. "A new beginning," said Odom of his motivation to joining the Spanish franchise.  "A new environment was important for me. " Odom averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebound and 3.7 assists through 14 NBA seasons (six with the Lakers).  He played for the Clippers last season, the franchise that originally drafted him in 1999.
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