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March 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After a surprise win in Portland on Monday against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers have completely fallen apart with three straight losses including a 48-point drubbing by the Clippers. The Lakers have given up an average of 136 points a game through that stretch, falling to 21-42 on the season and last place in the 15-team Western Conference. The good news for the Lakers, given that the playoffs have been out of the equation for some time, is improvement in the chase for a higher pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
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February 12, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
With the Lakers' onslaught of injuries, Chris Kaman has been thrust into a new role.  In Tuesday's 96-79 loss to the Utah Jazz, Kaman played 37 minutes, more than twice as many as the 17 minutes he has averaged this season. "I'm fine, I'm just old," the 31-year-old center said.  With age, apparently comes some rust. Kamam led the Lakers in scoring with 25 points, but it took him 24 shots to get there (he only made 11 field goals). "It's just a lot of minutes," Kaman said.
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February 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
For the second straight game, Steve Nash was forced to leave early because of discomfort in his leg and back, related to nerve root irritation. After playing 16 minutes 35 seconds in the first half, which ended with the Lakers trailing the Utah Jazz, 48-37, Nash sat out the second half. He was replaced by Kendall Marshall. On Sunday, Nash was hurt during a game against the  Chicago Bulls , after getting hit in the knee close to same spot where he suffered a fracture in the second game of last season against the  Portland Trail Blazers . The collision triggered a chain reaction, irritating nerves from the knee to his back and hamstring.
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February 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Utah Jazz 96 - Lakers 79 (end of regulation) The good news for the Lakers -- they gained in the lottery chase to one of their direct competitors.  The bad news -- Steve Nash couldn't get through a full game (back) and the Lakers lost at home to the Utah Jazz, 96-79. After pulling ahead in the first quarter by 15, the Lakers were out-scored by 22 in the second.  While they closed the gap slightly in the third, Utah had little trouble putting the Lakers away at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
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January 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers knew at some point the schedule would catch up to them, that it would test them. That moment came Thursday night when the Clippers played their Pacific Division rivals and personal nemeses, the Golden State Warriors, on the back end of a back-to-back. It didn't come as a surprise to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers that his team played mostly on empty. The Clippers had returned home early Tuesday morning from a seven-game, 11-day trip to the East Coast and played the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
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January 4, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers might have found an inexpensive gem in Kendall Marshall. A lottery pick by the Phoenix Suns (13th overall) in the 2012 NBA draft, Marshall had a career night on Friday, helping the Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz, 110-99. Marshall notched multiple career highs with 20 points, 15 assists and six rebounds as the Lakers broke a six-game losing streak. It was his first NBA double-double. The Lakers have to make a decision on Marshall's two-year, nonguaranteed contract by the afternoon of Jan. 7. Injuries got him a roster spot, but he still needs to earn job security.
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January 3, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 110 - Utah Jazz 99 (end of regulation) The Lakers held off a late Utah rally to defeat the Jazz, 110-99, ending a six-game losing streak. Kendall Marshall had a career night, notching his first career double-double with career marks in points (20), assists (15) and rebounds (6). His long three-pointer with 45.7 seconds left on the clock ended any chance the Jazz might have at a comeback. Marshall, who recently joined the team from the NBA Development League, started in place of Steve Nash (back)
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December 29, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has a simple explanation for Blake Griffin's recent dominance. "He's good," Rivers said. Griffin has been better than good for the last two weeks, averaging 26.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in eight games. He has shot 53.8% from the field and 80.6% (58 for 72) from the free-throw line. Asked if this stretch is the best he has played in his career, Griffin said, "Might be. " The Clippers are 6-2 during the stretch, and Griffin said, "The best part about it is we've won games.
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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 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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