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January 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHOENIX - Dreadful season. Just when Lakers fans thought it couldn't get worse, it did. Nick Young was ejected in the second quarter because of a "punching foul" and later said he felt ignored by teammates in the midst of a skirmish Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers touched new depths - 14th in the Western Conference - after a 121-114 loss and also might have fumbled the only thing they had left, their decent team chemistry. And sure, the guy who blistered them for 28 points at US Airways Center was cut by them in training camp two seasons ago. BOX SCORE: Phoenix Suns 121, Lakers 114 But the game and its aftermath centered on Young, a good guy gone wild after being fouled hard by Alex Len while attempting a fastbreak layup with 7 minutes 33 seconds left in the second quarter.
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January 14, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
LAKERS AT PHOENIX When: 6 PST. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 14-24, Suns 21-16. Record vs. Suns: 0-1. Update: The Suns have been among the NBA's biggest surprises under rookie Coach Jeff Hornacek but have lost five of seven games since point guard Eric Bledsoe suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for another month or so. Guard Goran Dragic is having an All-Star-caliber season, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds for a team on the fringes of playoff contention in the Western Conference.
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January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
GOLDEN STATE AT OKLAHOMA CITY: Friday, 6:30 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. If you can tune in for only a minute of this game, make sure it's the final 60 seconds. Both meetings between these teams have come down to the final play, with the Warriors pulling out a 116-115 victory Nov. 15 on Andre Iguodala's fallaway jumper at the buzzer. Two weeks later it was Oklahoma City's turn to beat the clock, with Russell Westbrook making a corner three-pointer with 0.1 of a second left in overtime to give the Thunder a 113-112 triumph.
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January 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When the third round of the NBA's All-Star balloting was announced Thursday, Clippers point guard Chris Paul had fallen out of the starting Western Conference backcourt. Paul had 651,073 votes, which dropped him to third place. He trailed Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who has 677,372 votes, and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who led all guards in the West with 844,538 votes. Of course, Paul is expected to be out up to six weeks with Grade 3 AC joint separation of his right shoulder.
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January 4, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division. In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up? It's called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free. Eleven of the 15 teams have losing records. Toronto's 16-15 record is good enough to lead the awful Atlantic Division, where the second-place team will probably be high in the draft lottery.
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December 28, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
With the Lakers' fourth loss in a row on Friday, a 105-103 defeat to the Jazz in Utah, the Lakers have dropped to 12th place in the Western Conference. At 13-17, the Lakers are still 3 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Dallas Mavericks (16-13), but the margin for error in the West is very thin. The Lakers still have a lot of season left (52 games) but they'll need to outperform the Denver Nuggets (14-14), Minnesota Timberwolves (14-15), New Orleans Pelicans (13-14) and Mavericks -- while holding off the 13th-place Memphis Grizzlies (12-16)
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December 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When the NBA announced its second balloting results for the All-Star game, the Clippers were well represented. Both Clippers guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin ranked high among vote-getters for the Western Conference team. Paul had the second-most votes (533,647) for West guards behind the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (723,031). Griffin had the third-most votes (399,357) for West frontcourt players behind leader Kevin Durant (870,728) of Oklahoma City and Dwight Howard (408,623)
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December 23, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers are one of four teams in the Western Conference that has won 20 games, one of six in the entire NBA. At 20-9, the Clippers have the fourth-best record in the West. But what has encouraged Coach Doc Rivers the most are the improvements his team has been making. Rivers saw a lot of that Sunday night, when the Clippers didn't give in to the pressure and pulled out a hard-fought victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I just like that our team is coming together,” Rivers said.
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December 23, 2013 | Broderick Turner
For the second time this season, Blake Griffin was named the Western Conference player of the week by the NBA. Griffin averaged 26.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the week that ended Sunday. Griffin's work helped the Clippers go 4-0 for the week. He shot 49% from the field and 87.5% (35 of 40) from the free-throw line. He also won the award for the week of Nov. 11-17. Griffin leads the Clippers in scoring (20.9 points per game) and is second in rebounding (10.5)
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December 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
With two straight losses, the Lakers have dipped back below .500 to with a 10-11 record. In the competitive Western Conference, the Lakers now stand in 12th place -- ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans (9-10) by mere percentage points. The road ahead isn't easy for the Lakers as they try to reintegrate Kobe Bryant, back from an Achilles' tendon injury. The team plays the next four games in five nights, all on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies.
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