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July 31, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- Coach Mike Krzyzewski had seen enough. The U.S. was barely beating the Tunisia men's basketball team at halftime of a preliminary game at the London Olympics, so Krzyzewski kept his starters on the bench to start the third quarter. That's right. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler were benched. It worked. The U.S. walloped Tunisia, 110-63, with the Americans holding a 39-14 edge in scoring in the third quarter. The reserves inherited a limp 46-33 lead and put the game out of hand with a 21-3 run to start the third quarter before Durant entered with 4:47 left in the quarter at the Olympic Park basketball arena.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
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December 8, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
It was a direct salvo from Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro directed toward his starters after Saturday's win over the Phoenix Suns. They had given up 31 points on 50% shooting in the first quarter to the Suns, not a good sign that they were locked in on defense early. "Our starters gave more energy on the offense and not as much defense, and that's what will beat you in this league," Del Negro said. "We've got to change that mentality as soon as possible because this game easily could have gone a different way. " Del Negro was asked if he had said that to his starters.
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April 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm lasted only five innings and was charged with five runs (four earned) and eight hits. The Phillies blew open the game in the fifth inning, which included a two-run home run by Ryan Howard and a throwing error by Maholm that resulted in another run. Brandon League pitched two scoreless innings. Jose Dominguez also pitched two innings but gave up a two-run home run to Carlos Ruiz in the ninth inning. AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an infield single in first inning.
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December 1, 1990
It has come to my attention in watching the Lakers that Mike Dunleavy keeps the starters in the game much too long. In the game against Orlando at the Forum, the Lakers had a 20-point lead in the third quarter and Magic was still playing. Dunleavy didn't put the bench in until six minutes were left in the game. How will Brown, Campbell and the others get NBA experience if he plays them only rarely? Magic Johnson needs to rest more so he can perform his magic during the playoffs.
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December 21, 2009 | By Broderick Turner
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has turned to his bench in each of the last two games, and the results haven't been what he had hoped. Jackson put his reserves into the game against Detroit on Sunday night and asked them to protect what seemed like an insurmountable 21-point lead against a Pistons team that was missing three key players. But the substitutes let that lead slip to 15 points and that forced Jackson to reinsert starters Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Pau Gasol with 5:59 left in the game to change the momentum the reserves had given away.
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February 1, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
A fitting label for the Lakers' bench in the second half against Minnesota on Sunday would have been, "Use only in case of emergency. " Forty-eight hours later, another moniker seemed to fit: "Apply liberally. " The Lakers reserves helped their team polish off the outclassed Charlotte Bobcats during a 106-73 victory Tuesday night at Staples Center, providing the starters a rare breather only two nights after Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had been forced to play the entire second half against the Timberwolves.
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February 25, 2012 | By John Cherwa
Reporting from Orlando, Fla. -- Try as one might to build a scenario of things that just don't go well together, no one is buying it this time. This is less like cats and dogs and more like bacon and eggs. Yes, Lakers and Clippers can get along and enjoy the experience. Sunday, Los Angeles has four-fifths of the Western Conference starting lineup in the NBA All-Star game, an event of grandiose proportions and minuscule importance. The only real surprise is that each team has two starters.
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November 23, 1996
Del Harris, this is not the playoffs. You don't have to play your starters 45 minutes a night, especially in back-to-back games. Give Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant and Travis Knight more time. It will save wear and tear on your stars, plus give these kids more experience. Don't wear out the starters in November. You'll need them in June. MARK SADOWSKI Phoenix Chemistry, Schmemistry: If the Lakers don't go on an offensive tear soon, Del Harris should be packing it in. This team has serious scoring guns.
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September 17, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH
Valencia's 27-13 victory over Highland last week was respectable, but not what was expected. With 13 starters returning--including the area's top tailback from a 9-4 team--Valencia had the potential to dominate a team that won only three games a year ago. Facts not lost on Coach Brian Stiman of Valencia. "We're not a very good team right now," Stiman said. "We're just an OK team. Hopefully it's not how you start, it's how you finish."
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 26-55, Spurs 62-19. Record vs. Spurs: 0-3. Update: The Lakers didn't fare so well the last time they played in San Antonio, losing by their largest margin ever against the Spurs (34 points). San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record and might rest some starters against the Lakers. Then again, all the Spurs' starters sat out the fourth quarter of that game last month in San Antonio.
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April 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Rest or not to rest. That's something Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has pondered with two regular-season games left. Rivers has thought about sitting some of his starters in one or both of the next two games. But Rivers said, “No,” when asked if he had decided whether to sit any of his players when the Clippers play the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center or Wednesday night at Portend in the regular-season finale. “I think some of them want to play,” Rivers said.
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April 12, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Numerous USC linebackers coaches helped Hayes Pullard on his way to becoming a projected four-year starter for the Trojans. Joe Barry coached him as a freshman, Scottie Hazelton as a sophomore and Mike Ekeler as a junior. Now, Peter Sirmon is preparing the fifth-year senior for his final season. As the Trojans completed their third week of spring workouts on Saturday, Pullard said he was looking forward to a few more practices before next week's finale at the Coliseum.
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April 11, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In 2010, when Mike Trout was a relatively anonymous minor league outfielder, Tyler Skaggs was his roommate. Trout watched with delight from center field as Skaggs fired fastball after incredible fastball. The way Trout remembered it, Skaggs could hit 96 mph, and 97, and even 98. The Angels sent Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade. As the two players arrived in the major leagues, Trout kept up with his old roomie on television. He turned on one game last year and could not believe his eyes: Skaggs was throwing 89 mph. "I was wondering what was going on," Trout said.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- The Garrett Richards of 2012 or early 2013 may have been stressed by the situation he faced in the third inning Wednesday night -- two on, one out and the heart of the Seattle order, Robinson Cano and Justin Smoak, coming up. The Richards of 2014 remained calm, inducing a weak grounder to first from Cano and, with runners on second and third, striking out Smoak with a nasty curve in the dirt, the highlight of a seven-inning, one-hit, six-strikeout,...
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April 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
With an opportunity to clinch a second consecutive Pacific Division championship by beating the San Jose Sharks tonight, Ducks' 20-year-old rookie John Gibson was first off the ice at today's morning skate. Throughout the season, with the exception of a last-minute injury to former Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth, the goalie off the ice first has started that night's game. Gibson made his NHL debut Monday night in Vancouver, Canada, making 18 saves in a 3-0 shutout that was one of the Ducks' most complete efforts of the season.
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 26-55, Spurs 62-19. Record vs. Spurs: 0-3. Update: The Lakers didn't fare so well the last time they played in San Antonio, losing by their largest margin ever against the Spurs (34 points). San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record and might rest some starters against the Lakers. Then again, all the Spurs' starters sat out the fourth quarter of that game last month in San Antonio.
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February 26, 1986
Depleted by injuries and struggling with an 11-22 record, the Lazers will play the Cleveland Force tonight at 7:30 in a Major Indoor Soccer League game at the Forum. At times this season, as many as 10 Lazer players have been lost to injury or illness, and Coach Peter Wall's squad still will be without six players, three of them starters, tonight.
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April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
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