March 26, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
March 21, 2014 |
Washington Wizards 117 - Lakers 107 (end of regulation) The Lakers' race to the bottom continued on Friday night, in a 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center -- but team fought until the end, almost literally. With just over two minutes left in the fourth, Nick Young and Drew Gooden got into a scuffle after battling for a rebound. Gooden was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected. Young was given a technical, after pushing Gooden, in what appeared to be the face.
March 19, 2014 |
The Lakers gave the San Antonio Spurs a challenge on Wednesday night at Staples Center, fading in the fourth quarter as the best team in the Western Conference took out one of the worst, 123-109. Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting while forward Kawhi Leonard chipped in with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, as did Tim Duncan, who had 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. The Lakers kept close with a 19-point effort in the first half from forward Xavier Henry, who finished with 24. Pau Gasolalso scored 24, to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists.
March 17, 2014 |
For the Lakers in Week 20, what happened off the court was far more interesting than the road losses against the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. It wasn't surprising that the team fell to the top teams in the NBA on successive nights. The Thunder beat the Lakers 131-102 and the Spurs had an easy night with a 119-85 victory. On Wednesday, the team announced that Kobe Bryant will be out for the rest of the season . Bryant had said he was frustrated by the slow progress of his knee injury, which has kept him out of action since mid-December.
March 16, 2014 |
It was one of the Lakers' few sunshine moments this season, a historically bizarre victory in Cleveland when backup center Robert Sacre was allowed to keep playing despite picking up a sixth foul. The serenity, though, was short-lived. As Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni walked to the team bus in the underbelly of Quicken Loans Arena, he was heckled by fans cordoned behind a rope. "Where's Phil Jackson?" one of them yelled in a surprisingly loud outburst. "Your team is awful!"
March 15, 2014 |
The Lakers were the first NBA team to be eliminated from postseason contention with their 119-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. That loss coupled with the Phoenix Suns' 87-80 victory over the Boston Celtics was enough to officially and mathematically knock the Lakers out of the postseason -- not that they had any real chance of a playoff run. The elimination is nothing more than a formality. Even though the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies lost on Friday, 99-86, to the Toronto Raptors, the Lakers can no longer catch Memphis (38-27)