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December 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (13-16) badly need a win to break their three-game losing streak. On Friday night, they'll visit the Utah Jazz (8-23), a team that has won only three of 13 games at home. The Lakers finally got a point guard back when Jordan Farmar returned on Christmas Day from a torn hamstring. It's been a challenge for the Lakers, who have been playing without guards Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and, until Wednesday, Farmar. Complicating matters, the Lakers will have to play without power forward Pau Gasol, who is sidelined with an infection of his upper respiratory tract.
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December 27, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - This was supposed to be the easy part of the Lakers' schedule. Simple, really. Get closer to .500 with a slew of games against teams already deeply embedded in draft lottery odds. But the Lakers might be one of those lottery teams too. They lost to the Utah Jazz, 105-103, and fell four games under .500 for the first time this season. BOX SCORE: Jazz 105, Lakers 103 The Lakers couldn't stop anybody, as usual, letting the NBA's 27th-ranked offense blow past its average of 92.7 points before Friday.
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December 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers will play four games through Week 9, including Wednesday's marquee Christmas Day battle at Staples Center against the Miami Heat. The team is hoping to get point guard Jordan Farmar back from a hamstring injury, perhaps in time to play the Heat. Playing without a point guard has been ... difficult. Through 27 games, the Lakers have exceeded cumulative expectations by two wins. Monday at Phoenix Suns The Phoenix Suns (16-10) recently beat the Lakers at Staples Center, 114-108.
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October 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived Marcus Landry on Friday night after their 111-106 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz. Landry was a summer league standout for the Lakers in Las Vegas. Last season, he shot 42.8% from three-point range with the Reno Bighorns of the Development League. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni previously coached Landry with the New York Knicks after the 6-foot-7 forward went undrafted in 2009. Landry never quite found his outside shot with the Lakers this preseason, averaging 4.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in six appearances.
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October 24, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
For Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, it was a good thing to see his second unit have some success against the Utah Jazz during Wednesday night's exhibition game. Rivers said his second unit got beat pretty bad by the first unit during Tuesday's practice and “were losing their spirit a little bit.” But the second team of Jamal Crawford, Darren Collison, Ryan Hollins, Willie Green and Antawn Jamison played well against the Jazz. The second unit still doesn't have small forward Matt Barnes, who hasn't played in any of the seven exhibition games because of a sore left calf.
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October 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Gonzaga Coach Mark Few made a visit to the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Few was at the Time Warner Cable SportsNet studios for the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tip-Off. The Lakers have two former Bulldogs on the roster, second-year center Robert Sacre and rookie Elias Harris. "Coach Few and I are great. He's like my father," said Sacre after practice. "He raised me to become a man. I love Coach Few and I'd do anything for him. " Few took a moment to talk to Harris, who is still trying to secure his place on the Lakers' roster with a partially guaranteed contract ($100,000 of his $490,180 is locked in)
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October 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Lakers fans have yet another reason to groan at the thought of Boston. A Boston guy came up with the idea of covering the Lakers' championship banners and retired jerseys  at Staples Center during Clippers games, according to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. Here's how it went down. "Last year when the Clippers were blowing us out, obviously I was sitting there with Eddie Lacerte, our trainer in Boston, and he taps me on the leg and says, 'Look at that,' " Rivers said before Wednesday's preseason game against the Utah Jazz.  "I didn't want to look at anything at that point, we were down by 30 points, and I look up and you see all the banners.
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October 23, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said that J.J. Redick will start at shooting guard Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz and that rookie guard Reggie Bullock also will play at Staples Center. Redick missed the first six exhibition games recovering from a partially torn left quad muscle and Bullock sat out with an injured right knee. “[Redick] had two really good days of practice, probably did more than we thought,” Rivers said before the game. “Going into practice, they said he would only go about half and he went through the entire session.
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October 23, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
It didn't take long for J.J. Redick to score his first basket Wednesday night, and the Clippers shooting guard did it in a way he typically has used in his seven-year career - by moving without the ball. Redick had missed the first six Clippers exhibition games while recovering from a partially torn left quadriceps, an injury that kept him from practicing for two weeks. He had 14 points in 19 minutes 49 seconds during the Clippers' 103-99 victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
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October 23, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Jordan Farmar says playing abroad in Turkey was beneficial to his career. Farmar, who signed a three-year, $10.5-million deal last summer to play in the Turkish Basketball League, agreed to take a salary cut to play with the Lakers, signing with them in July.  His experience overseas, he says, taught him how to become a leader. "It was the first time in my professional career where I got to carry a team," he said of Turkish team Anadolu Efes, where he averaged 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 29 games.
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