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Kobe was very upbeat afterwards. Asked when he last felt this good after a loss, he said, “Probably never."
Asked when he felt so good after a loss, Kobe said, "Probably never."
Remarkably upbeat Kobe Bryant after 118-111 loss to Clippers. Said Lakers "figured a lot of things out."
Kobe Bryant on teammates: “I don’t want chumps. I don’t want pushovers.”
Kobe on Jeremy waiving him off: “He’s good at listening.”
Kobe on last time he felt this good after a loss: “Probably never.”
Thou shalt not worship false idols
Kobe said he and teammates sent string of texts to teammates about strategic adjustments
I'm told the agent of Tristan Thompson, Rich Paul, always planned to take it to restricted free agency route barring a deal to their liking.
Kobe said he talked with Jeremy Lin after Phoenix loss. Couldn't be more pleased
Kobe on dunk: "I shocked the (expletive) out of myself."
Kobe: “I think we figured a lot of things out”
Lin on Kobe & Byron telling him to be more aggressive: "I'm like every other human. I'll feel more comfortable when I feel more empowered."
Jeremy Lin: "We're growing and figuring out to trust each other the right way."
Jordan Hill on if the team has turned a corner after tonight’s game: “Absolutely.”
I get all of Kemba's flaws. But if I were an NBA GM and I was offered Rubio for Walker, it would be a very short conversation.
Brotherly Love for me (2/2)
If Blake hits those FTs all year a scoring title could be in his future.
Gotta give the Clippers some credit for being aggressive in getting to the line in the 4th whether LAL liked the calls or not.
This isn't a big deal -- different markets, different agendas -- but Ricky Rubio making more money than Kemba Walker doesn't make sense.
Byron Scott said he was pleased with LAL’s effort. Thought execution was better on both ends than in the first 2 losses.
Tough loss tonight, but the Lakers competed on both ends of the court and gave themselves a chance to win — a step in the right direction.
That was nice of the NBA to put 76ers-Bucks on Halloween, so viewers could blend in when their eyes started bleeding.
Byron on Kobe late game: "Those are all shots we know he can knock down."
Byron: "I thought both teams were playing aggressive. I just thought we had more calls against us."
Byron Scott on Jeremy Lin: "He looked to take charge on the offense at times when he could push the ball."
Byron: "I thought the effort was great and our guys played extremely hard. In the second half we made a few bone head mistakes."
Clippers come from behind in 4th Q to beat Lakers 118-111 behind 39-Pts from Blake Griffin and 14 in 4th for Jamal Crawford. Clips 2-0.
Clippers defeat Lakers, 118-111, but Lakers and their fans should be encouraged
Griffin has 39 as Clippers comeback to win 118-111. Jamal Crawford with 22 off the bench.
That sequence to end the 3rd Q didn't help the Lakers: offensive foul on Sacre w/8 sec. left, Crawford buzzer-beating 3, lead from 8 to 5.
For those worried Wolves overspent on Rubio...GTaylor is, if nothing else, good w/ $. He seen and knows NBA forthcoming revenue projections
Redick has made himself some serious money, considering all the talk (ridiculous it was) that he wasn't an NBA player.
Clippers come back for a 118-111 win, scoring the final 6 points of the game at the FT line. Kobe had 21 and 7, Lin 17 and 9, Hill 23 and 5.
Lakers lose 118-111 to Clippers. Much better game than previous two, but still same result. Lakers 0-3 entering tomorrow's game vs. GSW
Clippers 4th Q: 6 of 14 FG's, 18 of 19 free throws.
Standing behind Clippers' bench, Steve Ballmer was swaying back and forth nervously on his feet...but then Kobe missed that three.
Kobe pulled up for a 3 … and missed wide. Redick hit LAC's 15th and 16th LAC FT's of the 4th Q to make it 116-111 with 15.1 seconds left.
Good look for Kobe there, but he couldn’t tie the game.
Kobe gets a clean look to tie and misses it - Redick scraps for the rebound and gets fouled with a chance to put LAC up 5.
What? You thought he was passing it to Lin or Boozer?
This place would have exploded.
Boozer hands off to Kobe for 3 at top of the key. Hits back iron
I'm certainly not a member of the Blake Griffin fan club, but there's no denying he's improved tons over last season plus+. Evolved.
I so respect Kobe Bryant's passion. But on this team, it won't make much difference.
Pretty impressive seeing Blake Griffin step up and bury clutch free throws. Picked him to win MVP this year, and he's off to terrific start.
Wheels up headed to Minnesota. Go Bulls!
40 points on 19 shots for Rudy Gay. Spookiest Halloween ever.
Clutch late free throws on consecutive nights by Blake Griffin... LAC 114, LAL 111 and the ball with 21.3 seconds left.
Griffin rolled the 1st home … and added the 2nd. He's 11 of 12 at the line, reaching 39 points, to put LAC up 3 with 21.3 left.
Blake made 2 key FTs last night...makes 2 huge ones again tonight.
Fans on their feet as Clips are hanging onto one-pt lead. They didnt have this much to cheer all last season.
Griffin will head to the line with 21.3 seconds left. He's 9 of 10 so far, LAC up 112-111.
These are not the Lakers I saw merely two days ago
Wow … what an athletic save from Griffin. Clips keep the ball after a miss, but Hill swats Paul.
What a play to save that ball. Such quick reflexes.
WHAT A GAME.
Lakers/Clippers. What a game.
But the Clippers got a 3-point answer from Crawford, his 3rd 3, giving him 22 points. Kobe answered w/a baseline J. LAL down 1, 1:18 left.
A big shot from Wayne Ellington comes from downtown on Kobe's 7th assist, tying the game at 109. 1:45 to go.
Who mics up Boozer? He never needs a mic.
Man, that's a really oudated reference. I might need to take a timeout.
Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis and Jordan Hill all with 5 fouls in the final stretch.
Lakers trail 107-106 with 2:59 left in the game. Let’s get this win, please.
Truly impressive Blake Griffin could give the ref the "what, me?" routine after tossing Jeremy Lin like Dick Butkus tossing a QB.
Pretty good Halloween ball going on at Staples tonight. Fans getting their money’s worth.
Clippers 107, Lakers 106 with 2:59 left. Kobe has played well tonight but has yet to make a field goal in the fourth...
Tristan Thompson on how he pulled down 12 offensive rebounds vs CHI: "See ball, get ball. That's my motto."
Hinrich w/20 pts said everyone let down on boards: "We got smoked down there tonight." 52-42 Cavs; Thompson more offensive than all Bulls.
“These refs are terrible” - Source close to the situation.
LeBron: "We have an opportunity to be very good & tonight was an example of how good we can be, but we still have a lot of room to improve."
A 1/2 "Ball Don't Lie" from LAL's bench perspective as Crawford missed the 1st of 2 FT's. Clips have taken 38 foul shots, and lead by 1.
Huge missed call. Lin got hammered.
Clippers lead 107-106
Jeremy Lin gets thrown to the ground. NO CALL. DeAndre Jordan has five fouls btw.
That was a foul
Chris Paul is guarding Kobe the rest of the way it seems. This gonna be fun...
Something you never expected to hear from Thibodeau: "Tristan Thompson, we did not have an answer for." He had 13 rebounds, 12 offensive!
In case you missed it. Ladies and gentlemen my esteemed broadcast partner Mr Bill Wennington http://t.co/NEef8qjvtk
The refs making some questionable calls all night long. 3 Lakers with five or more. Wesley Johnson fouled out with his 6th.
Blake Griffin is one of the best hedging big men in the game. Don't run a pick and roll with his guy
Yet another touch foul here, as Jamal Crawford kicks the legs on a 3 and drew Wesley Johnson's 6th foul. Wayne Ellington checks in.
The net doesn't even move when Jamal Crawford shoots a free throw
That shot was huge for Jeremy Lin. Not because he made it. Because he shook off the entry pass to Kobe, who had posted vs CP
Wesley Johnson didn't even want to make eye contact with Kobe after fouling Crawford on that three.
Wes Johnson just fouled out, hitting Crawford on a 3 attempt. Chance for Clippers to tie w/ 4:22 left
Kobe and Lin disagreed about how to run a play … yet Lin rose for a fading, contested 3 to put LAL up 106-103.
No one draws can draw a foul like Jamal Crawford can draw a foul.
Jeremy Lin motions for Kobe to set a pick for him. Then he nails a 3. Lakers up 106-103 w/ 4:22 left
The FT parade for the Clips continues as Griffin hits his 8th and 9th to tie the game at 103, 5:15 to play.
Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Wes Johnson all have five fouls.
This game is definitely coming down to the wire. Lakers/Clippers battling back and forth. Blake putting on a show with a game-high 35
With all the Laker foul trouble, any poss. that doesn't feature Blake Griffin getting a touch is wasted.
I feel like the Lakers have already played 15 games
Lakers 103, Clippers 101 with 5:56 left...
Balance from LAL on offense. Jordan Hill has team-high 14 FGA, then Lin (11), then Kobe (10).
Jazz offense is scoring 119 pts per 100 possesions with Derrick Favors on floor and 85.5 with him off the floor
Ah, the joy of deadline and a close game. Working dueling game stories. Don't recall doing this so much last year.
The Clippers were 7 for 30 from three last night and are 11 for 31 from three tonight.
DeAndre Jordan now has 5th fouls, like Hill and Davis. Kobe's taken only 10 FGA's, missing his latest short here. 5 for 10 for 17 points.
Jordan Hill making jump shots is the West Coast version of MKG making jump shots.
Jordan Hill is Perry Jonesing the Clippers.
Davis tagged with foul No. 5, looked to get mostly ball on Griffin's attempt. Instead, 2 Griffin FT's. Booz replaces Davis in a 101-99 game.
Not sure if Jordan Hill or Dirk Nowitzki.
Something I thought I'd never write: Jordan Hill destroying the Clippers with his mid-range jump shot.
Jordan Hill having a phenomenal offensive night. But right now has five fouls.
I should clarify that Pop's comment to @monroe_sa was made in good humor. Patted him on the back, everybody laughed.
Anyone out there playing a Kobe mamba face drinking game?
LAL have really shot the ball well tonight, up to 54.9% after 2 more Jordan Hill makes. Hill's 10 for 14, 23 of LAL's 101 points.
Jordan Hill is killing the Lakers 17 feet at a time.
Poor @dunlapsports got his cherry Pop'd. Asked Pop whether he was happy with Kawhi's performance tonight & got a stare & a "happy?" from him
Real pressure point for Lakers. Led by seven, allowed Clippers to tie it at 97. How do they respond?
And as I say that … here comes Griffin back in. Hill has 5 PF's, Boozer 4, Davis 4. Davis is on him for now.
Clippers are 11 for 30 from the three-point line.
Blake Griffin remains on the bench with 8:41 to play. He had 31 points in 31 minutes. Paul, Crawford, Redick, Hawes, Jordan in, LAC down 2.
Rudy Gay, one point shy of his career high (41points). He scored that much twice. 40 tonight in win over Portland.
Pop to @monroe_sa on why he started Daye: "I wanted to do that. If you want to write 'Popovich Screws Up', have some [testicles] & write it"
Kyrie on Blatt: "That's his 1st NBA win. He deserves the game ball. It's his 1st time in the NBA. I call him the virgin of the NBA"
Ed Davis has 2 put-back layups already in the 4th Q, up to 10 points w/6 boards. Meanwhile, Kobe's back in at the 9:12 mark.
Sacre travel. Drink.
Blazers 1-1. Could be worse, right?
The Suns also got a huge night from last year's first round pick Alex Len. A double double, solid D on Duncan and 7'2 length.
And just like that every Laker has a clearly defined role and everyone's doing their job.
Darren Collison: 17 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Suns closed tonight with Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas in a 3 guard line-up and came roaring back to beat Spurs
I mean if it was the playoffs, I'm sure Tiago could start tomorrow. But there's 80 games left, no need to rush him until he's 100%.
Pop: I know we're supposed to be 82-0, but I'm guessing we're going to lose a couple more before the end of the season
The $1 million in incentives in Rubio's deal are tied to several shooting benchmarks. FT% and FG% among them.
Rookie Jordan Clarkson hit a timely 3, LAL's 5th of the game, to keep the home team up 95-90 early in the 4th.
After Jordan Clarkson made a 3, he did some version of the Swaggy 3 dance. Not sure if it was intentional
Duncan was one rebound shy of his 799th career double-double. Alas. He'll have plenty more chances.
Pop on turnovers after timeouts: "that overs are always a concern. Thats what happens"
For those asking about Splitter's return - Tuesday Pop said Splitter was having some back issues too, it's in doctor's hands. No timetable
FINAL: Kings 103, Portland 94. Gay with 40 points. 17 points 8 assists for Collison. 17 points, 9 rebs for Cousins.
Last spring Jamal Crawford emailed a thank-you note to everyone who voted for him for 6th man. Manners from a different era.
40 wins to go!
Kings win and go to 1-1 on the season. Beat the Portland Trail Blazers by the final of 103-94. Rudy Gay 1 shy of his career-high of 41.
YOU CAN’T DO THAT, SACRE.
Difference in Halloween living uptown and in the burbs: At 10 all the kids are home and all the "slutty nurse" outfits are just coming out.
What a nice win for the Kings vs. POR. 10 turnovers tonight after 27 vs. GSW on Wednesday
Gay is up to 40 points, Kings up 99-91. 38.9 seconds to play.
Gay makes 2 FTs with 38.9 secs left . Now has 40 points ... one shy of career-high. Kings lead 99-91.
Kobe takes a backseat to Jordan Hill in the scoring dept. Team-high 19 for Hill. Kobe still sitting at 17.
Rudy Gay to the line to make it an eight point game, giving him 40 on the night.
Rudy Gay going to the line with 38 points, Kings up six with 38.9 over Blazers
Kobe got some good rest in that 3rd Q, too, having played 26 minutes so far. We'll see how long Scott rests him. Griffin's played 31 min.
Noah's analysis: "We tricked the game today, should have won; we’ll do better; I’m not worried. It’s tough, sucks, had the game won."
Even w/t Crawford buzzer-beating 3, LAL outscored LAC 34-24 in the 3rd Q to take a 90-86 lead into the 4th Q. LAL trailed by 6 at half.
Phantom slip-and-fall by Damian Lillard. Gets the call and makes it 97-91 Kings with 41.7 remaining.
Tonight we'll get our first good look at Byron Scott's intentions for Kobe minutes. Bryant at 26 going into the fourth quarter.
Spurs were outscored 54-36 in the paint. Sign they miss Tiago Splitter, also, possible outcome of Daye starting.
Austin Daye was the starting center tonight. Spurs lost by five to a good team on the road. You know, that’s not too crazy.
Dame draws a phantom foul call when he slipped driving to hoop ... makes FTs to trim Kings' lead to 97-91 with 41.7 secs left.
After a terrific all-around 3rd Q, LAL had a letdown in the final seconds, Sacre with an offensive foul that Crawford punished w/a deep 3.
Jamal Crawford from 32 feet makes it 90-86 Lakers. Lakers have scored 68 points in last two quarters.
It's now 97-91, Kings up with 41.7 seconds to play. This game does not respect my new earlier deadlines
Ronnie Price went too early, so that wasn’t Robert Sacre’s fault.
If Nick Young were in the game, he would've definitely tried to answer Jamal Crawford's 3-pointer from Riverside
Lakers up by 4 with the 3rd qtr coming to an end, 90-86. Great team effort tonight.
Looked like Lillard just fell down but he'll get some FTs out of it.
More Rose: "I think I stepped on somebody’s foot. It’s basketball. It's not like I tore a ligament or something; just sprained my ankle."
You gotta be a special part of awful defensively to surrender 90 to the Lakers in three quarters
Did Mike Rice really just say, "It really helps to foul 'em in the eye."
This Lakers-Clippers game reminds of the season opener last year
Rose on Saturday: "Go to Minnesota, try and give it a go. If not, still have [79 games]. I guess the gods are testing me."
As usual, Kobe Bryant leads Lakers in scoring w/ 17 points. Efficient tonight. 5-for-8 from the field. Add 6 assists & 2 steals to his stats
All LAC have had going has been Blake Griffin, and he's dominated on offense, reaching 31 points … but LAL keep scoring. Still up 7.
Jordan Hill turned into a productive NBA player, but that draft still haunts Knicks. So close to Curry, left a lot of talent on the board.
Spurs miss their last six shots, score two points over the final 5 minutes. Basically the exact opposite of what we saw in the Finals.
And seriously: what was Sacramento thinking letting Isaiah Thomas go?
Thunder GM Sam Presti's statement on Reggie Jackson's contract situation http://t.co/wpMbEIIw3X
Blake Griffin with 31 points now, and 12-plus minutes still to play.
Parker led Spurs with 19 points, Duncan 16 points, and Diaw 13 points. 4 of the Spurs' 13 turnovers came in the fourth, gave PHX 8 points.
Watching the Suns is like going on a rollercoaster. Watching the Suns while skipping commercials and stoppages? It wears you out.
I think Jordan Hill went back to drinking because he’s starting to play like he did last season.
Spurs fall to Suns 94-89. SA now 1-1 on the season. PHX defense held Spurs to 18 points in 4th. Six Suns in double-figures scoring.
Looks like call with stand. Kings ball.
He got a lot of $$, but it's clear Rubio loves this young team and thinks Wolves are going to be better sooner than most believe
Down go the champs, Suns knock off the Spurs 94-89.
Damn, Spurs just got screwed on that 5 count...Pisser for them yo, but it's a big fat L...happens
I guess we’ll settle for 81-1.
Suns hit both FTs and that's game over. Suns rally down the stretch for a 94-89 victory.
Final: Suns 94, Spurs 89. Parker with 19 points, 6 assists. Duncan had 16 points, 9 rebounds.
Big time win for the Suns. Great confidence builder. Spurs go home and don't play again until 11/5. Cant wait to livetweet Pop's postgame
Rose said relax with ankle sprain:"I had X-rays, not an MRI. It's not that serious. I’m walking around so everyone can breathe. Trust me."
After 4 straight points from Sacre, Jordan Hill reached 12 points in the period to put the Lakers back up 7, matching their biggest margin.
Not the masterful set play execution we're used to seeing.
Diaw couldn't get the timeout, Phoenix ball. Good defense by Phoenix.
Spurs tried to get the timeout but McCutchen didn't hear him....credit the crowd noise
Offensive rebound & Matthews put back cuts Kings lead to 95-89 with 1:11 to go.
Five second violation. Turnover. Spurs not gonna Spurs.
Body blow. Five second count...
Given the Spurs' shooters, if they put it on the ground I'm fouling.
Sam Presti on the Reggie Jackson negotiations: http://t.co/hiHPBLNU1E
Robert Sacre actually dunked. He’s made so much progress since last season. This is what developing young players is all about.
6.5 seconds left. Spurs down 92-89. Pop drawing up a play.
Kings up 95-89, 1:11 to play.
Know they're minor (so far) but Butler's sprained thumb, Rose's sprained ankle and Gibson's rolled ankle just same old injury song for Bulls
Rubio to AP on his big contract: "You're getting paid more, you have to earn it. you have to show why you're getting paid this money."
6.5 seconds left in the fourth, Suns lead Spurs 92-89. Pop calls time, let's see how SA executes out of this timeout.
Jeremy Lin is having a solid game tonight. Floating under the radar with Kobe stealing the show. Lin: 14 points and 7 assists
As clock ticked down Rubio "was talking with my agents and I told them I really wanted to stay here. I told them to make something work."
Griffin (29 points) has been a big problem for LAL's bigs, as Davis, Boozer and Hill all have 4 PF's, but Sacre's dunk has LAL up 81-78.
Suns lead Spurs, Kings lead Blazers, and Lakers lead Clippers. Halloween has gotten crazy.
Rubio on fans: "I didn't want to disappoint them and I want to stick here and play for them."