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March 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Johnson used a basketball analogy when discussing Sacramento's odds of keeping the Kings, saying they were like Steve Nash at the free-throw line. The implication, of course, was that the city has about a 90.4% chance of preventing the team from relocating to Seattle. For accuracy's sake, the Sacramento mayor probably should have picked a different Laker: Dwight Howard. It could easily go either way. Sacramento's chances certainly seemed to improve last week when the City Council approved a preliminary plan to help fund a new $447-million arena.
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March 30, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - The Clippers finished their four-game trip with a whimper, showing such a lack of resolve that Coach Vinny Del Negro lit into his team in the locker room after the game. They may have been playing their fourth game in five nights, but it was a feeble attempt at playing with inspiration against a Houston Rockets team missing its best player. The Clippers return home having suffered a 98-81 beat-down by the Rockers on Saturday night at the Toyota Center. "We were terrible," Del Negro said.
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March 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT SACRAMENTO When: 7. Where: Sleep Train Arena. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 37-36, Kings 27-46. Record vs. Kings: 2-1. Update: Sacramento has had a good week, winning back-to-back road games at Golden State and Phoenix. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 34 points and also 14 rebounds in a 117-103 victory Thursday over the Suns. The Lakers have lost their last three games in Sacramento by a surprisingly one-sided average of 14 points.
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March 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - It's a statistic invented for hockey, where sticks, flying pucks and big guys on skates lead to a lot of injuries. But the Lakers would rival some hockey teams with their "man-games lost to injury" this season - 146 and counting after their 113-103 loss Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Athletic trainer Gary Vitti recently said this was the most injury-filled season he'd experienced in 29 years with the Lakers. That was before Metta World Peace went down Monday because of torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining him at least six weeks.
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March 28, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5:30 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 49-23, Spurs 54-17. Record vs. Spurs: 2-1. Update: The Clippers are looking to establish a franchise record in wins. The Clippers won the first two games against the Spurs but were beaten by 26 points when the teams met in February. The Spurs are 31-4 at home, the third-best home record in the NBA.  
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March 27, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT MILWAUKEE When: 5 PDT. Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 37-35; Bucks 34-36. Record vs. Bucks: 1-0. Update: The Bucks have lost four consecutive games and are experiencing some turmoil. Point guard Brandon Jennings was benched in the fourth quarter and failed to score in Milwaukee's 100-92 loss Wednesday to Philadelphia. Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds while Kobe Bryant had 31 points and six assists in the Lakers' 104-88 victory over the Bucks in January.
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March 25, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul said after practice Monday that there was "a little bit" of swelling in the left knee he bumped during Saturday night's game but that "I should be all right. " Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Paul is a "game-time" decision for their game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. Paul gave no indication that he wasn't going to play, saying how much he looked forward to the Clippers' four-game trip that starts in Dallas and goes on to New Orleans, San Antonio and Houston.
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March 23, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson would publicly criticize Kobe Bryant from time to time, but it was more a Zen zing than a diatribe. Mike Brown once complained to reporters about Bryant's game. Then he recanted the next day, even apologizing to Bryant. Coach Mike D'Antoni went full throttle Friday without ever saying Bryant's name after the Lakers shamefully lost to Washington, 103-100. He said the Lakers went one-on-one too often and didn't play enough defense against Trevor Ariza, a double indictment of Bryant, who was a perfect conductor before halftime but commandeered the offense the rest of the way and sloughed off defensively as Ariza hit three after three after three.
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March 23, 2013
MIAMI AT CHICAGO, Wednesday, 5 p.m. PDT . TV: ESPN. Maybe divine intervention could end the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. Chicago point guard Derrick Rose, who said this week that "nobody knows but God" when he will return from a torn knee ligament, would certainly heighten the drama if he decided to make his season debut against Miami. The Heat will presumably take a 27-game winning streak into the United Center considering its next two games are against Charlotte and Orlando, teams with the worst records in the NBA. - Ben Bolch
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