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Jamal Crawford will come off the bench tonight. Jared Dudley will not play.
Over the next 13 days the Lakers play just 4 games: 2 at home against OKC & SAS and 2 on the road against OKC & SAS.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Hoping the Knicks call Phil Jackson around midnight to inform him that they've decided to hire Mike D'Antoni instead... =(
Taking a front office job with a bad team won't taint Jackson's legacy as a coach. Anyone think less of MJ as a player because of Charlotte?
How would Jeanie and Phil do running the Lakers? I don't know but I'd like to find out. I doubt we ever will though.
If given a similar role as Pat Riley in Miami, Phil Jackson would be the reason big free agents would chose to sign with the team he's with.
There's always been hope that Jeanie and Phil would come in and clean this mess. If Phil goes to New York, that's not happening for awhile.
Phil Jackson is essentially an unused consultant with the Lakers. If he goes to the Knicks it would be the Lakers' worst loss of the season.
Asked about the Lakers practicing defense 75% of the time, Lt. Frank Drebin said there was only a 10% chance of that.
With the team practicing defense 75% of the time and their schemes like 90% of the NBA, it's about being gritty and getting into people.
After practice today, Mike D'Antoni spoke about the team's defensive struggles. LA has given up an average of 136 points the last three.
On a positive note, the Lakers are still second in the NBA in pace. Does that mean they get through the losses faster?
Understandable point re: Blake, but I don't remember the Lakers defense being THIS bad when he missed 30 games with the elbow issue.
Mike D'Antoni said losing Steve Blake in trade to Warriors is part of reason Lakers defense has fallen apart..
D'Antoni said Sacre's progress is one of the "little victories" LA needs "to go forward with what the franchise wants to do in the future"
D'Antoni on Bazemore/Brooks struggles: "It’s almost like a Texas gusher where you get the oil & after a few minutes, it’s water coming out"
Ryan Kelly on the Tar Heels: "I still don’t know why they stormed the court. I mean, it’s Duke-Carolina, you can’t storm the court."
I just used the stretch provision to plug in my laptop at Starbucks.
Pau Gasol (L ankle) participated in shoot around Saturday. He's probable for the OKC game, according to D'Antoni.
Pau Gasol took part in shoot-around. Will play tomorrow vs. OKC.
41 points for Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins last night. Anyone sold on taking Wiggins over Jabari Parker or Dante Exum in the Draft?
J.J. Redick (bulging disc lower back) is still out indefinitely.
Jared Dudley (mid-back spasms) and Jamal Crawford (strained left calf) are game-time decisions tonight.
How many people believe it’s FINALLY time to fire Mike D’Antoni? Explain why you’d say YES or NO
Can anyone confirm D'Antoni was on the plane last night? I'm wondering if he decided to just stay and seek asylum in Denver. BK
what motivates you?
Surprisingly, there's no overwhelming favorite. This just means fans think any coach is better than D'Antoni at this point. My pick? JVG.
If Phil Jackson isn't an option and the Lakers are looking for a new coach, who should it be? Hollins? Jeff or Stan Van Gundy? Karl? Sloan?
To clarify, I meant if Jim brought in the Donnie Walsh type rather than Phil specifically in a front office role. AK
Question. If Jim felt he couldn’t work with Phil, but brought in someone else credible (a Donnie Walsh type) would that satisfy fans? AK
Also important: New attempts to pressure Jim into bringing back Phil will, should they fail, make the Jim/Jeanie dynamic worse. BK
ICYMI: Lakers are in trouble.
777 had perfect safety rating until SFO mishap and now there's the missing Malaysia flight. Still believe in the aircraft, tho.
This week's NBA rankings categories in LAT: Spinal Tap!
A more powerful message from Lakers fans would be, "We want Rudy!" instead of "We want Phil!"
OK, the "Smush Parker year(s)" were technically 2005-07. Point is similar.
If '04-05 was the "Smush Parker year," '13-14 may go down as the year Crenshaw (girls) basketball was more compelling than the Lakers.
Just spent a while going through Lakers' year-by-year game results. They've never allowed this many points (408) over three games. Ever.
Something's wrong when David Thompson never swept Lakers in a season series but Timofey Mozgov did.
En route back to LA
I'm good ft. The Weeknd
As expected, X-rays were negative on Pau Gasol's ankle.
The Lakers' best pitch might be a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants. In other words, Nick Young's everyday outfit.
X-rays on Pau's L ankle were negative. He plans to play against OKC as long as his ankle doesn't "blow up" between now and Sunday
The Lakers could have John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith head their recruiting and still not land anyone this summer.
Pau on Phil Jackson: "I think he wouldn’t be OK being just a consultant, but (instead) being a guy that calls the shots"
Pau Gasol asked if Phil Jackson could use those 11 rings to sway free agents for a team: "I don't know if I picture him as a recruiter"
Update: After watching 63 Lakers games this season... http://t.co/tAn1EguI7z
Pau Gasol will receive an X-ray on his L ankle after the game as a precaution
Pau Gasol may get an X-Ray on his left ankle as a precaution. They think it'll be fine, as he played the whole 2nd half on it.
MDA said players did a good job of not succumbing to 1 on 1s, like they did last night, "Thats why we didn't fall completely apart" (on TWC)
Tough times don’t last; real fans do. I still bleed purple and gold.
Clippers have come a long way since the day Steven Esparza was traded for three tacos.
Gotta say, starting to feel about Mike D'Antoni after tonight like I did about Mike Brown after Game 5 in Utah last season.
We all have to acknowledge our limitations/flaws. Come on, people, stop being so serious.
With this loss, LAL move below Boston in the league standings to 3rd from the bottom (ORL, PHI, MIL).
Gasol added a final seconds bucket to finish with 27. Lawson had 30 points, 17 dimes for the Nuggets. Faried had 32 & 13.
The Lakers lose 134-126 to the Nuggets. Nineteen more games until ping pong balls.
Final: Denver 134, Los Angeles 126. Kelly had 24 & 11, Gasol 25 points, Farmar 24, and Marshall 14 assists in the loss.