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Finally watched the Kobe video, and was particularly impressed with how his jersey destroyed the Death Star with one shot. BK
Hayward: "They shot a ridiculous clip from 3. They beat us tonight. I think you put this one behind us and try to get a win tomorrow."
Vegas oddsmakers put the Lakers at 33.5 wins this season, meaning they'd have to go 24-39 with Kobe for Sin City to be right
Following up on D'Antoni-Brown column...MDA has brilliant game here; Mike Brown trailed by 29 in ATL in blowout with Kyrie shooting 0 for 9.
Trailblazers have rare home back-to-back. Before Mavs 2moro they blasted Utah 130-98 2nite. Hit 17/23 on 3s, NBA record 73.9% (min 15 3ptM)
The Trail Blazers were 17 of 23 on 3-pointers tonight. About 74 percent. Impossible to lose when you shoot like that.
Meanwhile, I'm just hoping Kobe Bryant's return to active duty doesn't ruin Mike D'Antoni's strong showing for coach-of-the-year...
At 10-9, the Lakers would have the 3rd best record in the Eastern Conference. In reality, they're 10th in the West
Naturally, TV's Jerry Reynolds & Grant Napear, artfully avoided pinpointing responsibility 4 breakdown, thus explaining long-term employment
Huge win for Baylor hoops. San Antonio's Taurean Prince came up big for the Bears!
"Whenever we pass the ball, we can almost predict when the other person is going to make that shot." -- Wesley Matthews on 3s
NickYoung: "We in LA-you don’t want to lose that many games in LA. I [saw] it last year just being in the East Coast, I seen how bad it was"
Pau on Kobe's comeback: "I think it’s great that we’re playing well and now, finally, the moment that everybody is waiting for, right?"
Its 27 in Portland, headed to a low of 19. Sounds familiar. And needless to say open food trucks were in short supply tonight
…or Ben McLemore failing 2 do same vs Wesley Johnson 22F outside. Cousins & Ben coughed it up following times out, if u get Malone's gist
Lakers, even without Nashty and with an injured/offensively-challenged Gasol, have played solid basketball.
If Kobe is 90% of the player he was before injury upon return, Lakers very dangerous - even in stout West. Mamba makes everyone better.
"I've got to put players in better position to succeed." Meaning no more DC hoisting 19-footer or failing twice 2 take Pau off dribble…cont
BG cost MAC $, knocking NIU out of BCS: "We won a championship, but we're not going to be able to buy jock straps next year," Clawson joked.
"I've got to know that. I could have done a better job," Burke said.
Trey: "You want to go back at him. You want to score. At the same time, I've got to run the offense. I've got to be a quarterback out there.
Burke admitted that Lillard's hot start affected him too much: "I started pressing a little bit once he started making some shots."
Starting line up on Sunday could be: Blake, Bryant, Johnson, Gasol and Sacre. Meeks, Henry, Young, Williams and Hill off the pine.
Jordan Hill on Kobe: "We have to go out there and fight for him and play for him when he's out there."
Mike D'Antoni said he's been weighing whether to start Johnson or Meeks next to Bryant. Each has (different) skills that complement Bryant.
After fielding bunch of soft balls ?s re team coming unglued in final 2M of 6P loss 2 Lakes, it took Mike Malone 2 volunteer real deal…cont
Before the season started, you have to think LAL would take a 10-9 record w/out Bryant or (mostly) Nash leading into Kobe's return.
Corbin on pulling Burke: "They were getting what they wanted. ... We needed to change to see if we could get some energy somewhere."
Blazers: 17 3-pointers. 17-3 on the season.
Cleveland is one of my favorite cities. I can't speak for the sports teams but the city never disappoints me.
James Worthy is doing his Swaggy P impressing again. SO GOOD.
Nick Young: "Kobe Bryant is the best to every play the game at my position."
Great to see East's No. 3 seed back over .500!
Shawne Williams: "We all just want to win, man. We all respect each other as men in this locker room. That translates to the floor."
West playoff picture: Who among bottom 7 can move up (LAL/Min/Mem/NOLA/Phx)??? And who among top 8 could slide (Den/Dal/Anybody else)???
Lakers, Wolves, Grizz, Mavs, Nuggets, maybe Pellies gonna be in a dogfight for two spots.
"At the end of the day" count in Sacre postgame interview = 5 - this has been your "At the end of the day" counting service (drops mic)
"At the end of the day" count in Sacre postgame interview = 5 so far
"At the end of the day" count in Sacre postgame interview = 4 so far
"At the end of the day" count in Sacre postgame interview = 3 so far
"At the end of the day" count in Sacre postgame interview = 2 so far
D'Antoni and Woodson are like the Harry Potter and Voldemort of NBA head coaches. Neither can live while the other survives.
FWIW, I think the Lakers are a playoff team. D'Antoni has done a stunning job.
Phrase to be remembered throughout this season: "The Lakers had a winning record without Kobe Bryant..."
Not only did the Lakers stay afloat without Kobe they carved an identity.
If I'm 100% in my predictions the rest of the way - Lakers win 45 games - same as last year - I won't be 100% but impressive sans Kobe
I'm 13-6 on the season 68.4% - because I just didn't think this team would win 10 games to this point - I had them at 6-13 - they're +4
I had Kings tonight - my 6th miss of the season
MIke D'Anotni's message to the Lakers on Kobe's return - via TWC broadcast - players can't sit around and watch Kobe play - must compete
D'Antoni: "Somebody different comes up big every night"
D'Antoni said he has "good guys," and thus they responded to a (firm) plea to compete harder on defense in 4th Q. Kings scored 13 in period.
Shout out to the Lakers fans in my mentions letting me know the Kings are awful. I really hadn't noticed. Appreciate the knowledge.
No postcast tonight as ron boone was on tv
ADVANCED STATS - Jazz v. Blazers by the half http://t.co/Weyj3AVGYV
I'm sorry, Lakers fans. I was wrong to diminish the impact of a win. A win is a win. Congratulations. Best of luck going forward.
Tyler Hansbrough leaves game early in first quarter with sprained left shoulder. This season not going as he hoped, to say the least. .
Lakers finish 10-9 without the flapping jersey in the wind... Mike Brown is impressed.
Meeks waits for Blake to finish his postgame interview on court, they slap hands, embrace and walk off together. These underdog Lakers...
Your final: Lakers 106, Kings 100. LAL held SAC to only 13 4th Q points, forced 9 TO's and blocked 5 shots.
Worthy: "Last year, this team didnt have any identity. ... This year, this is a defensive team." He's talking about a MDA-coahced team
Lakers fans awful defensive about me stating a fact that they beat a 4-12 team. Did I crush your buzz?
Lakers win, 106-100. Have to wonder what Kobe's presence will do to the Lakers' team chemistry.
Lakers win it 106-100 thanks to Jodie Meeks, who was a man on fire. Maybe he doesn't want to give up that starting SG spot to Kobe
Ben McLemore's 20 points is a new career-high.
FINAL: Lakers 106, Kings 100. Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks with 19 points each. McLemore and Cousins both score 20 for the Kings.
Lakers win 106-100 at Kings
FINAL: Lakers 106, Kings 100
Awaiting this Lakers team after a come-from-behind win in Sacramento: Kobe Bryant. No. 24 will start on Sunday.
Don't think any one will be shaking hands with Cousins tonight, not even his teammates
Lakers have scored last 11 points - game isn't over but it's over
Enjoy it, Nick Young. Maybe the last late-game iso you'll get all season.
Brutal loss for the Kings. Lakers have to be thrilled to be at 10-9 with Kobe Bryant coming back Sunday vs. TOR
The '77-78 team was dominant before Bill Walton went down. The best start is 19-1 by '90-91 team that won 63 games. Stellar company.
Who had Mike D'Antoni coaching this team to a winning record without Kobe?
Not complaining, but why didn't Sacramento play Isaiah Thomas down the stretch?
LAL have scored the last 10 points. They've forced 9 SAC turnovers in the 4th Q alone, including Gasol just poking the ball from Cousins.
And another turnover. This one by Cousins.
10-0 Lakers run
The Kings haven't scored since Cousins' free throws made it 97-93 with 3:35 to play.
Big win over a 4-12 team here, Lakers.
Nick Young's jumper should do it. 103-97 with 30.1 to go.
Swaggy Dagger? Nick Young rewarded Wesley Johnson's strip of rookie McLemore w/a pull-up J to beat the shot clock. LAL up 6, 30 sec. left.
Make it a 10-0 run for the Lakers and wiwth 30 seconds left they lead the Kings 103-97. Fans pouring out now.
Lakers fans here in the old Arco Arena are all waving to the Kings fans streaming for the exits. LAL 103, SAC 97 with 30 seconds left.
SOOOOO MUCH SWAGGGGG!!!!!
Big steal from Wesley Johnson - Nick Young does his thing - Lakers closing out on road in Sac in another game I don't get
SWAGTIME IN EFFECT
Nick Young comes back with a jumper to make it 103-97, 30.1 secs to play.
Final: Blazers 130, Jazz 98.
McLemore was dribbling the clock down far away from the hoop … and Johnson picked his pocket.
And another turnover. This time, McLemore.
Amidst this 8-0 LAL run in crunch time, Jodie Meeks has drained 2 triples around a Gasol 2-pointer. LAL up 4, 1:09 to go, SAC ball.
Kings were up 97-93 at 3:35 - Lakers now up 101-97 - 8 straight including 6 from Meeks
Kings have given up 21 points off 15 turnovers.
That's "chuckles" and "groans" for Meyers Leonard on his last two possessions
Meeks and Gasol suddenly finding the basket after a 3-minute scoring drought. Lakers lead, 101-97 with 1:09 left
Meeks 19 points. Pau pumped fist, then stopped and pumped both fists. He really wants to salvage this one. Lakers up four with 1:09 left.
Kings have been outscored 20-10 in the fourth quarter.
Lakers fans are going nuts. Lead the Kings 101-97 with 1:09 remaining.
Lakers being the Lakers.
Another big basket from Jodie Meeks - 101-97 Lakers over Kings with 1:09 left
Meeks just made Robert Sacre LOSE HIS MIND in excitement off the bench. Another triple after Young's steal has LAL up 101-97, 1:09 left.
Lakers are no on an 8-0 run, lead 101-97, 1:09 to play. Kings left Gasol open for a J, then Meeks hit a 3.
Two big shots by the Lakers (Gasol jumper at the free throw line, Meeks corner three) puts the Lakers up 101-97 w/ 109 to go.
Pau finally hit one. Lakers up 98-97.
Pau Gasol makes it 98-97 - Kings about 1.5 min left
Pau with consecutive defensive stops--and now the 20-foot jumper. LAL 98, SAC 97.
Keep on shooting contested three-pointers, Swaggy One.
More goodness from Jodie Meeks, who let a defender slide by before pulling up to drain his 4th triple, LAL's 11th. LAL within 1, 2:15 left.
I have no idea how Meeks hit that. NONE.
Big three from Jodie Meeks - Lakers within 1
Kings closing game with Vasquez, McLemore, Salmons, Williams and Cousins. 97-96 KIngs, 2:29 to go
Three minutes left and the Lakers trail 97-93.
Lakers don't have a field goal in 3 minutes since Pau came back in, but D'Antoni usually sharp drawing in timeouts. SAC 97, LAL 93.
I so don't wanna be that dog owner, but if it's gonna rain like this, I might hafta buy my dog a hoody or a raincoat. SMH. This is a problem
Warriors had many season worsts; FG %, 3-pt %, assists, 3s, scoring in a quarter. Rockets D was strong, but GS won't shoot that way on Fri.
Nick Young getting his shots up last game before Kobe: 5-14, 0-5, 2-4.
Problem is Malone put Vasquez in for I.T. to get the offense back on track. Lasted one possession.
The D has improved considerably for LAL, but they're now struggling to score. They have 12 points in 9 4th Q min., SAC has 10. Kings up 4.
Of any team that has ever attempted 20 three's in a game as of right now this is the best 3 pt shooting performance - Blazers 17 of 22
James Harden went for 34p in strong, all-around offensive game. All he or anyone wanted to talk about was defense. A regular Bruce Bowen.
Kings up 97-93
Ben McLemore in the game for Marcus Thornton.
Well here comes McLemore for Thornton.
Probably time to put Ben McLemore back in for John Salmons or Marcus Thornton. Please.
Greivis Vasquez checks into the game for Isaiah Thomas...
Vasquez is back in for Thomas. No McLemore yet.
By the way ... Earl Watson gets into a game for the fifth time all season.
John Salmons always kills the Lakers. Kings up 3 with four minutes left.
LAL defense has really picked up, but Salmons hit a tough leaner to beat the shot clock. Kings up 95-92, 3:47 left.
Too many jumpers. TOO MANY JUMPERS.
Pau has missed his last four shots, btw. He is 5 for 14 on the night.
LAL blocks in the first 3 quarters: 2. LAL blocks in the first 6 4th quarter minutes: 5.
Pau coming back in with 5:54 to play for his last stand pre-Kobe as team leader. SAC 93, LAL 92.
I switch to SAC-LAL and get rewarded with the return of Jack in the Box Social Media Intern. Might rather just watch the rest of PDX-UTA.
Lakers playing better defense in the paint now, led by Jordan Hill's inspired play
And it looked like Thornton's shot definitely hit the rim. Kings end up with a shot clock violation though.
Meanwhile Utah is down 39 at Portland. I guess their starters will be rested tomorrow when they host the Kings.
LAL have 4 consecutive swats on defense, with two from Hill, one from Johnson and now one from just-returned Sacre. D'Antoni pleased.
Last few sequences: Wes… WES! Great Pass from Wes! Ah, horrible call!!
Wesley Johnson's doing some ridic things athletically, first w/a transition explosion into a dunk, then a big swat of Thomas at the rim.
Gerald Wallace on Kris Humphries (5 DNPs this year; 18 pts, 7 rebs, 24 mins v DEN): "I mean, that's just a true professional."
That was the first three-pointer in Allen Crabbe's career.
Consecutive shot blocks by Hill, who's helped spark this LAL comeback, helped LAL get back on top at 92-90.
Thomas Robinson just showed Meyers Leonard how to finish a play.
Isaiah Thomas has 9 assists. His career high is 11.
LAL did much of that damage with Cousins on the bench. DeMarcus is a +12 tonight, and is heading to the line w/his team up 1.
Kings lead 89-88, 8:23 to play. Cousins will shoot FTs after the timeout.
That Thorton layup ended a Lakers 11-0 run.
Cousins is back in...Hill shouldn't have his way now.
Meyers, oh Meyers...
Which Godsmack song do you think Steve Blake hums to himself during games?
Lakers have made up a 10-point deficit to Kings to pull ahead by 1 - I'm not sure how - Kings seemingly are up by 15
Steve Blake … 3 … cash. LAL's 10th make from downtown caps a 7-0 run to start the 4th, 11-0 since the D'Antoni late 3rd time out. LAL up 1.
Lakers on a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
Kings yet to score in this quarter.
Kings making Steve Blake look like an All-Star again. His 3 gives Lakers 88-87 lead
Lakers on 11-0 run since D'Antoni's tirade. ... LAL 88, SAC 87.
Forgot Allen Crabbe was a thing.
Now an 8-0 LAL run with Nick Young converting Blake's alley-oop, and SAC's lead is down to 2 at 87-85. Hill up to 8 boards in 11 minutes.
Jordan Hill is killing the Kings with offensive rebounds. He's too long, athletic for Chuck Hayes right now.
Despite nagging ankle and knee injuries, demoted Jordan Hill bringing big-time energy now. SAC 87, LAL 85.
Jordan Hill is killing the Kings right now. Put a body on him.
Jordan Hill cleaning up the glass.
Having to play Chuck Hayes at this point in his career is a real problem.
Best ever 3 point shooting performance in NBA history with 15 makes is 15 of 21 by 07-08 Raptors and Suns - tongiht Blazers 15 of 20
And Allen Crabbe is about to check in for D. Wright.
It's hard to see how the Lakers are staying in this game but after three down just six 87-81 to Kings
More Jordan Hill to start the 4th, a put-back of Blake's miss capping a 6-0 LAL run. Good sign to see Hill finding his energy again.
Twelve minutes of Meyers Leonard. Get after it, big fella
Isaiah Thomas with a season-high nine assists. Career-high is 11.
Kings 87, Lakers 81 after 3Q. 17 pts 6 rebs for DMC and McLemore. 14pts 9 asts for Thomas. LAL Gasl 15pts, Blake 9pts 8 asts.
The Lakers trail 87-81 after 3 quarters. Pau leads L.A. with 15 pts but is shooting just 5-for-14
Allen Crabbe, Will Barton, Meyers Leonard in 5, 4, 3, 2 ...
End of 3: Portland 107, Utah 69. I'm going to hand out a Jazz note to the entire team for helping me make deadline despite a late tip.
Aldridge with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. His night is likely done with the Blazers up 107-69 after 3.
Since the D'Antoni timeout tirade, Lakers respond: SAC's 87-77 lead is down to 87-81 entering Q4.
Through three quarters, the Kings lead the Lakers 87-81.
There you have it. LaMarcus Aldridge is official at 10 rebounds per game for the season after that tip-in.
Key response from LAL out of a D'Antoni time out, with Hill and Henry getting B2B hoops to make it 87-81 Kings with 35 seconds in the 3rd.
Mo Williams threw a rock into the ocean on that last 3.
For those keeping score at home (who isn't?), the "Mick-ee-dee's" chant instructions lasted just 7 games before Cha-Lu-Pa chant killed it
This is one of those frustrating games where the Lakers make mini-runs, but can't get over the hump.
After terrible recognition on defense, D'Antoni just ripped the team as hard as I've seen in any 20-second timeout this season.
McLemore's three puts the Kings back up 10.
Zut alors! Rudy Gobert is going to play.
Back to back 3s by Sacto push the Kings' lead back to 87-77. D'Antoni calls timeout. Livid.
Ben McLemore has 12 points in the third quarter. 17 for the game. Kings lead 87-77 at the 1:10 mark.
LAL cut the lead to 4, but immediately after Thomas checked in, he got McLemore 2 straight open 3's, both makes. 6-0 run, LAL down 10.
Ben McLemore hits back-to-back 3s to put Kings up 87-77 over Lakers. McLemore has 17 points (career high 19)
Back to back 3s from McLemore pushes the lead back to 10, 87-77.
Alec Burks misses a dunk and falls to the ground. Off the other way & the Blazers have 102 points with 90 seconds to go in the third.