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Kobe hits two FTs. Lakers down 89-85.
Kobe did a lot of the talking int hat Lakers timeout. Now two free throws by him. TOR 89, LAL 85 with 4:50 left.
It took Dirk awhile to get his legs back after knee surgery last year. The same holds true for Kobe this year.
Kobe is still looking to pass first with 5 minutes left in a six-point game. I'd expect that to change soon.
A JR Smith/Nick Young backcourt would be the end of basketball as we know it.
Bryant will be shooting bonus FT's with LAL down 6 and 4:50 to play out of a time out. Has 5 points, 8 boards, 4 assists in 23 min.
Haven’t seen him grab one I don’t think, but Ross has been going way over the rim all night in search of offensive rebounds
GREAT pass from Wes to Hill. Six point game.
Kobe saw Steve Novak as a white cornerback on that pass...
Lakers score on fast break thanks to heady outlet pass from Bryant. He helps, even though the shot hasn't been there.
This 4th quarter is so stressful.
Doesn’t mean they’ll be giving guys away. Just open for business.
Bryant enters with LAL down 89-81 after Lowry FT's. Tough call for D'Antoni to pull Henry after 8 quick 4th Q points. Meeks stays in.
Just randomly thought about how much playing time Nick Young would earn on a Woodson-coached Knick team. Probably a lot.
Kobe back in to play point guard. If he plays the rest of the way, he'll play 28 minutes. TOR 89, LAL 81.
As I noted in that piece, nobody’s safe anymore. Ujiri willing to deal anybody for right return. No more untouchables.
Bryant is set to return (after a "We want Kobe!" chant, no less) at the 6:53 mark. He'll play 28 minutes if he stays in.
Kobe checks in the close out the game.
6:53 left, Lakers down 8, and Kobe Bryant is back in the game. Checks in for leading scorer Xavier Henry.
So here he comes with 6:53 left.
It worked. Kobe is now coming back into the game.
And Mike D'Antoni gives the people what they want. AK
A loud "We want Kobe!" chant. He's played 21 minutes and these people paid good money to see him play.
Fans want to see more, and are chanting "We Want Kobe"
Ask and ye shall receive, Kobe is checking back in
A "We want Kobe!" chant is starting with 7 minutes left in the 4th and the Lakers down 6 with Bryant on the bench
"We want Kobe" chant building at Staples. AK
"We want Kobe" chant starts up. Lakers down six, 7 mins left.
Thanks my peeps Who Dat. Ha
Staples Center: "We want Kobe..."
Xavier from three again. Lakers down four. 7:30 left to play.
Xavier Henry's still rolling, draining another triple to cut the lead to 4. He has 17 off the pine in 13 minutes.
Don't be surprised if Kendall Marshall ends up being part of the guard tryout in Memphis. Nice kid who needs/deserves a restart.
Ujiri: "Amir, your ankles have been surprisingly strong this year." Amir: "Yeah. It's great." Ujiri: "Don't you find that odd? I do."
Curious to see how many starters D'Antoni goes back to down the stretch. Bench has been so much better.
There you go, Jordan. Get Hill rolling to the basket instead of having him create his own shot.
No more Jordan Hill isolations, please.
Almost all of Jazz best 2 man line-ups include Marvin Williams - one exception Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans together
This just in: Jason Kidd says he has an assistants' job for Mike Woodson waiting for him. Well, either Woodson or Byron Scott...
Any update on Saints score anybody
Love me some Nick Young 360 baseline layups that miss by a mile and become shot turnovers that lead to wide open 3s!!!
Nick Young's missed 360-degree reverse layup: A thing of beauty. Full pirouette & toss-up that nearly went over backboard.
I did literally LOL at that Nick Young shot.
Toronto has made 2 of its last 3 triples after starting the game just 2 for 19. LAL are 7 of 20 from 3.
Xavier Henry went full on traffic cop with the pointing on that play
It's funny watching Mike D'Antoni get angry when his team plays shoddy defence. I mean, it's not like he teaches it.
Nick Young is Swag World Champion
Of course Terrence Ross hits a three on the other end following the Nick Young 720 air balled layup.
In fairness to the Lakers, the scouting report on Terrence Ross is that he's best from 60 feet out. AK
Great defense there, Xavier
The most fun missed layup ever from Young, a 360 finish that wasn't close, resulted in a transition 3 for TOR. Raptors back up 10.
Nick Young, ladies & gentlemen...
We live in a world where Nick Young just attempted that shot.
Nick Young just panicked and pressed all the buttons on the controller.
Nick Young .... O_o
Nick Young is the only player in the NBA physically incapable of knowing time, place and score. It's really incredible.
Nick Young just attempted the worst shot in the history of basketball. No exaggeration.
Love you Nick Young.
Wonder if the Raps just work out a buyout with Salmons.
Since that tweet about the five bench points, the Raps have got nine more from its bench.
Xavier Henry finished a second tough FG with his off hand (right), then answered Novak's 3 w/1 of his own. 82-75 TOR, 9:35 left.
Did MacDonald just describe the Raptors' record as 6-FOR-12? Seriously? So awful.
Xavier with the right again?
Jazz defensive rating with Alec Burks and Trey Burks on the floor together over 122 minutes is 119.8 (team 108.1) (league average 102.7)
Julyan Stone with the tomahawk jam. Yeah, he's starting to look comfortable.
Young's up to a team-high 16 points after 2 FT's. Meeks has 14 off the pine, Williams 10, Henry 9, Hill 2. Deficit at 7 after 2 TOR FG's.
As this is Kobe's night (we kind of forgot), he has five points in 21 minutes so far.
Young heading to the line with a chance to cut the Raps lead to 5.
Raptors up 73-68 after three - Lakers make late run led by burst from Nick Young
Really interested to see who closes out this game for the Lakers.
The Raps bench has five points, three of them came on the buzzer-beating heave from behind centre by Terrence Ross at the end of the first.
Toronto has a very, very thin bench esp. after the trade. Novak, Ross, Stone combined for just 5 points tonight.
Nick Young is all like, "Kobe, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but..."
Second unit cuts TOR lead to 73-68 entering 4Q. Would you dare sit Kobe the rest of the way?
Of course no one in their right mind can see Rudy passing on $19.3 million player option but, FWIW, there were no promises made.
Meant at the end of 3. Sorry folks.
The last 2 minutes (or so) of action might have been J Hill's best in about a week. His activity helped spark a 10-1 run for the Lakers.
Tidbit relating to Kings-Raptors deal: I'm told there were no discussions between Rudy Gay/Kings about whether he'll opt out this summer.
Lakers turn up the energy late in the third with Bryant and a struggling Gasol on the bench. Raptors lead 73-68.
Lakers trail 73-68 after three quarters, cutting TOR's 14-point lead back into striking distance. Young and Meeks have 14 pts apiece
Valanciunis managed 1 of 2 FT's in the final seconds to halt that 10-0 LAL run, but the deficit is only 5 (73-68) after 3.
How did Swaggy miss that? That’s his shot.
LAL continues to get excellent defense from this bench unit. Very active from 1 to 5. Three straight stops spurred a 10-0 LAL run.
That they're functioning better without Kobe on the floor shouldn't surprise anyone. This is what they're used to. BK
Lakers have trailed by as many as 14 in this game. Even with Bryant playing, it's the Meeks/Young/Hill/X/Williams unit keeping Lakers in it
Lakers on a nice little run there to finish off the third quarter and cut the lead to five.
Solid tank lineup here for your Raptors.
Jordan Hill slams one home to cut lead to four, 72-68 with five seconds left in 3rd
Can’t wait for Kobe to be credited when the Lakers bench rallies back to win the game.
Nick Young’s vision on pick and rolls has improved unbelievably since his time in D.C.
Meeks rimmed out on a momentum three that would have cut it to 3, but Hill's follow-up jam of Henry's miss then cut the lead to 4.
Williams, Meeks and Young have got the Lakers rolling. Trail by six, 72-66.
Five straight Nick Young points, plus another Shawne Williams 3 capped an 8-0 push to cut TOR's biggest lead of 14 to 6.
Nick Young doing what Nick Young do
Oh hai, Jordan Hill
The Lakers' season low in points this season is 85. They have 61 as a team with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter tonight
Nick Young: Accidental offense.
Amir Johnson has scored twice as many points as anyone else in the game tonight.
After Amir Johnson got away with that double-dribble last year he just assumed he was golden on travels.
Someone please explain what offense these Lakers are trying to run right now. These sets are foreign to me.
And then Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry trap Steve Blake on the baseline. Amir is excellent.
Amir Johnson has 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting. He was averaging 9.8 points before tonight's game.
Kyle Lowry Audition
Biggest lead of game right now for Raptors (14)
The Raptors blew a 27-point 3rd Q lead in Golden State the other night. The margin is 12 with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd right now.
Amir Johnson up to 32 points
Amir Johnson seems cool with Gay trade.
Weird how there’s all this space for Amir Johnson in the pick and roll.
After a 3 from Williams cut Toronto's lead to 7, the Raptors rolled off a 5-0 answer to push the lead back to 12. Johnson up to 30 points.
Kobe was missing even in halftime warmups. Didn't bother to make his last one before stopping. He's 2 for 6 in the game and sitting again.
Meeks has much improved his ball-handling & finishing this year, but his last FB didn't show it. Ended in a TO after he failed to draw a PF.
Memphis is bringing in several guards to workout early this week, including Darius Morris, Reggie Williams and Seth Curry, sources tell Y!
KD on his matchup with Paul George: "Anybody who's guarding me, I take it personal."
Should have stated this prior to GM 1 w/KB, but if you didn't expect an adjustment period once he returned, you were only fooling yourself.
He's been great in that role all season, doesn't make sense to almost completely take him away from what's made him successful.
Lowry getting on Valanciunas again. It's tough love but it's going to pay off eventually.
At some point, Steve Blake is going to have to start taking over some of these ball handling duties from Kobe.
DeRozan looks like he's possessed by the spirit of Rudy
Kobe has more turnovers (6) than points (5). And we're in the 3rd quarter.
NBATV crew is wrong 2 think Kobe should do anything specifically/creatively on offense, cept try 2 recapture feel 4 game...
That's twice tonight Kobe has tried to absorb charges. Is that going to be a post-Achilles adjustment? BK
Kobe tries to draw the charge, but was clearly moving on that one. DeRozen extends the Raptors lead to 13.
Bryant's up to 6 turnovers, 3 in the first 6 minutes of the 3rd. LAL have 13 to TOR's 6, a major factor tonight.
Wished I could have seen Musial live in his HOF career. I do get to see Brees in his HOF career. Both the rock of their team and city.
Kobe has as many turnovers as points, 5 apiece, in 20 minutes of play. TOR 61, LAL 50.
The 4th Bryant assist got Meeks a transition dunk, but TOR got an answer from DeRozan to take a 61-50 lead at the 7-minute mark o/t 3rd.
Kobe drops the dime to Meeks on the break. Lakers down 9.
No rich trade history between Kings-Raps: Christie for Corliss Williamson; Solomon for POB; James Johnson for a 2nd … that’s it.
Make that a career-high of 27 points on the night for Amir Johnson. Lakers had better find a way to place a body on that young man.
Raptors have 36 points in the paint after Amir Johnson scores on Gasol. Guess Kobe cant fix everything
Lakers are -16 in Robert Sacre's 6 minutes of action, which is reflective of the big lineup and not Sacre himself.
Light boos after Gasol missed a free throw. Some jeers after Amir Johnson scored on him. Not a good night for him at all.
Amir Johnson has a new career high, already, with 27 points on 12 of 15 FG's. He'd been replaced by (now injured) Hansbrough as a starter.
Pau extremely upset after Amir Johnson scored on that putback.
Get. Pau. Off. The. Floor.
Career high in points for Amir with that bucket. He has 27.
Lakers fans do not deserve Pau Gasol.
Kobe's return hasn't done much for Pau Gasol tonight: 3-for-11, 6 pts, 7 boards. Is booed as he misses a FT.
Boo birds flying over Pau right now.
Opponents are wise to attack Kobe half court, full court, whatever...make him move his feet
Lakers turn the ball over out of the timeout.
Also in early: Jodie Meeks, replacing Johnson. That's two shooters in for two defensive players, to spread the floor around Bryant/Gasol.
Drew Brees passes 50,000 yards for career. Just the 5th to do so in NFL history. Congrats number 9
No question LAL's starters look out of sorts on offense, and D'Antoni adjusts by putting Williams in for Sacre at the 9:23 mark.
Brees needs 14 yds passing for 50,000
6-0 Raptors run coming out of the half: Lowry goes coast to coast in transition; Amir is 11-14 from the field and DeRozan is cherry picking
Brees throws perfect back shoulder pass to Colston. 1st down Saints at CAR 34. Colston 9 catches 125 yds.
DeRosan smart to run out on Kobe after Miss by Lakers. Gonna see a lot of that in this game and games to come
LAL's starters have struggled once again, allowing a 6-0 Raptors run to start the 3rd Q. LAL have missed all 6 of their 3rd Q FG's.
Andre Roberson tonight for the 66ers: 25 points on 12-15 shooting, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
Not the start to the half the Lakers wanted. They're now down 10 and haven't scored yet. 9:23 left to play in the 3rd.
Have a laugh, folks. http://t.co/YxJkTDJG0u
Bryant averaged 5.6 boards last season, and 5.3 in his career. He has 7 in 18 minutes tonight.
Rockets held 2nd-consecutive team to its worst shooting game of season. Harden went from torched vs. Utah, Phx to outstanding vs. GS, Orl.
Not only is Amir scoring out of his mind, he has held Pau Gasol to 3-of-11 shooting for six points.
So much for Kobe reinvigorating Pau Gasol
Lakers don't balance the floor well after the Wes shot. Raptors up 53-47.
Crowd at Staples getting restless with Pau Gasol's struggles tonight
I would not hate it if the Lakers got rid of the Sunday whites and replaced them with Hollywood Nights permanently.
Patterson’s really regressed everywhere this year, except maybe with his rebounding. He’s got talent though.
Vasquez has shot a bit better than usual this year, but assist percentage and usage way down. Not sure what’s happened to Patterson ...
Blake, who's pushing through a hyper-extended shooting elbow, rimmed out on a 3 to start the 3rd Q. Tough injury for a shooter.
Living in LA would be so much easier if celebrities had to wear jerseys with their names on the back. Would eliminate all the "Is that...?"
Johnson is 10-for-13 from the field for that game-leading 23 points. He's been a volume scorer every game this trip.
Stu Lantz is wearing the Lakers 2002 championship ring.
Kobe adjusting post-Achilles while the league adjusts to Kobe post-Achilles is going to be an interesting thing to watch. BK
Sacked!! Make it 1 for last 7 on 3rd down.
Last tweet wasn't mean to disparage Landry. His shot is not back yet. That's obvious. But he does other things many others don't.
Panthers 1 for last 6 on 3rd down
Does anyone else smile that the Kings trade stole the thunder from the return of Kobe Bryant?
Perk (4/4): "you're supposed to do, things fall in place they way they're supposed to fall in place."
Perk (3/4): "try too hard, that's when things don't look too right, things don't go well for the team. But when you do what..."
Tonight could be the night Amir Johnson surpasses his career high 26 points as he currently stands at 23 with a second half to play.
Perk (2/4): "ended up with pretty decent numbers. When you do things the right way, things pretty much fall into place. When you..."
Previous Kings regime liked Gay, but no way they would have been allowed to take on that contract.
Great quote from Perk tonight (1/4): "We actually came out tonight with the intention to play stat-free basketball. And guys still ..."
Is Kobe in MVP form through 14 minutes. Not even close. And that is so OK. A lot of promising signs, given circumstances.
Saints fans just beat the Kings record for loudest indoor crowd roar
When is the last time Kobe's fallback springer was voided? Torn Achilles makes mortals of even non-Greek gods
Nice touch from NBA TV to have Dominique Wilkins -- still the only ever Achilles victim to make it back to All-Star status -- in the studio
Vasquez thoroughly outplayed by Thomas - Patterson inconsistent - Salmons/Hayes simply not desired by new Kings management
As far as for the Raptors - they get out of Rudy Gay $ - given he might opt in - a necessary move - no real issue there.
Probably should add the pregame walk-through was the Rockets' first this season. Usually in morning, instead met at 3:30 for 6 p.m. game.
Raptors up 51 - 47 at half over Lakers - Kobe rusty, primarily looking to pass the ball. Amir Johnson a beast
Shane Battier, in total deadpan voice, on Tuesday's Heat-Pacers game, "I'm surprised the NBA is not wheeling in the Larry O'Brien trophy."
5 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 turnovers at the half for Bryant in his return. Raptors lead the Lakers 51-47 at the half.
Dwight Howard was late to Rockets late-afternoon shootaround. Said Kevin McHale ordered him to get 20 rebounds to make up for it.
Wonder how long Los Angeles will have collective heart attacks when Kobe falls? A month. Two months?
D'Antoni said Kobe would meet his lofty expectations tonight. He has 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 turnovers in the 1st half.
To sum up my thoughts on the trade: You can’t win if you don’t play. Raptors were going nowhere the way they were. At least might be now
Frank Vogel: "I think they were a step quicker in everything they did. … obviously you want to go 5-0, but we’re happy with 3-2."
Kobe takes his time getting up from a fall, gives everyone in attendance a heart attack.
Lakers trail 51-47 at the half. Kobe has 5 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast. A little rusty but has still shown flashes of guy with five rings.
Kobe looks like a guy coming back from an Achilles injury: 5 points on 2-of-5 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and some obvious fatigue.
Halftime: Raptors 51, Lakers 47.
LAL trail 51-47 at the half. Bryant was 2 for 5 for 5 points with 4 boards, 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 turnovers.
Dwight Howard: “I was a little late today for shootaround, so Coach said I had to get 20 rebounds or else.
No matter how hard you practice or train nothing prepares you for game minutes like playing game minutes.
Kobe slips on the floor and every heart in Staples skips a beat
Staples just wet their collective pants. BK
Kobe getting up slowly after a fall and the air was almost let out of Staples Center. He looks like he'll be fine.
Fields is 0-for-5 as Rudy's replacement. I'll just throw that out there.
Kobe is trying to make the right plays, just a little late or a little inaccurate tonight.
I had Kobe at 16 points tonight shooting 42% with a lot of turnovers (5+)
Billy Mac just called Kobe “the greatest ever to play the game” like Nick Young isn’t playing IN THIS GAME.
Jodie Meeks' 17-footer cuts the lead to four.
There's Bryant's first jump shot, a pull-up with Fields defending. Meeks added a J and LAL are within 4. Kobe also has 4 boards in the 2nd.
Lakers down 51-45 with 1:40 left to play.
Well that looked like old Kobe.
Panthers in hurry up late 3rd Q down 24-6
Kobe's first "Kobe Shot" of the season and in 8 months.
And yes, Kings want to be in lottery this year - that's a priority for the franchise
Amir's career high for points in a game is 26. He's already at 23 and we're still 2:39 from the half.
Weak Kiss Kam tonight. I guess everyone is adjusting to Kobe back in the lineup. AK
Glen Davis: "I know that if anybody in the league can play Dwight, I can play him (but) it doesn't matter. He still had 20 and 20."
Worth pointing out: 81 percent of Amir Johnson's minutes this season came alongside Rudy Gay. He may be a little excited about today's news.
Kings aren't spending this year - they're not spending next - they have 2 years until they're free of their bad contracts anyway
Welcome back to the '80s. the wave is rolling thru the Superdome.
Gay may or may not be a good fit - but he's the best player in that deal - even having a bad year. Gay's salary doesn't impact Kings
Toronto got its 2nd 3 (in 12 attempts) from Lowry to push its lead back to 8 thanks to a quick 5-0 run into D'Antoni's time out.
Just catching up - apparently a lot of folks didn't agree with my take on Rudy Gay for Kings - they really gave up nothing that they valued
This is the facilitator Kobe we saw for a couple games last year. Looking to pass before shoot. Guessing this lasts only a couple games too.
Kobe might kill Jodie Meeks if Meeks drives baseline on the strong side with Kobe fighting for position again.
Even Kobe's Facebook video was better than this... TOR 51, LAL 43.