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In the "gets worse before it gets better" category, the Lakers have one (1) game vs. a team w/o playoff/title hopes btwn now and Dec. 1. BK
Kobe was very calm after the game while talking to reporters. But he acknowledged in-game frustration came from "getting blown out twice."
Kobe said he talked to Julius Randle last night and today and will again tonight.
Everybody in the locker room’s first concern: defending the 3. LAL gave up way, way too many good looks. On offense, spacing was very poor.
Byron and especially Kobe cited 3-pt differential as major issue Lakers need to address. But Byron said Lakers don't have 3-pt shooters.
Worthy on what Scott is telling the team: "They got to keep their heads up."
Lakers lose 119-99 and fall to 0-2.
Final: Suns 119, Lakers 99. Kobe had 31 points, Ed Davis 14/9/3 off the bench. Suns were 16 of 32 from 3, shot 55% overall.
Only 80 more games.
After shooting 30% in the preseason playing out of position at times, Wayne Ellington's 5 of 8 tonight (63%) for 11 points.
Forced to find a bright spot on a rough night: Ed Davis has 11 points, 8 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block in 29 bench minutes.
Suns are winning by 23, but actually helping the Lakers keep next year’s top-five pick.
This seems as good of a time as any to point out the Lakers worst record to start a season was 0-7 in Minneapolis in '57-58. LAL 0-3 3x.
Gonna be a loonggggg season for Laker fans. Not sure how KB is gonna handle winning 25-30 games. If that.
The 2nd Sun with 5 3's is Thomas, up to 23 points. Ellington managed LAL's 3rd triple on the other end. PHX (15 of 29 3's) 110, LAL 86.
That 3 by Ellington brings him to 11 points. That means Kobe (31 points) finally has company in Lakers who have scored in double figures.
“Lakers should’ve signed Isaiah Thomas” - Everyone.
If Lakers weren't down by 20+ Kobe would play in 4th and probably drop 40 or 45.
Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer’s son. http://t.co/cHTJqSjXFd
ROBERT SACRE REDEEMS HIMSELF WITH A FADEWAY JUMPER.
MILES PLUMLEE JUST TOOK THE BALL OUT OF ROBERT SACRE’S HANDS.
Kobe made 11 FG's, but no other Laker has more than the 4 of Ed Davis or 3 of Wayne Ellington. The other 4 starters had 2 FGM apiece.
ROBERT SACRE TRAVELS AND MISSES THE DUNK. OF COURSE.
Kobe through three quarters: 31 points, only three assists with teammates not finishing, highly irresponsible defense. ... PHX 98, LAL 74.
Kobe's up to 31 points after hitting a technical FT. He's played 28 total minutes, but won't likely go in a 4th Q with LAL down 98-74.
WES JOHNSON AIRBALLS A WIDE OPEN THREE. BRUH.
Eric Bledsoe gets ejected, but the Suns have 42084091284 point guards coming off the bench. The Lakers could probably use one.
Eric Bledsoe just got thrown out of the game after his 2nd technical foul. First came complaining about Kobe's physical play on him.
Kobe free throw brings him to 30 points. Wasn't sure who'd get there first, Bryant or the Suns scoring differential.
Ma. Morris had a career-high 22 P last year against LAL, and has 21 tonight with a career-high tying 5 triples. PHX 13 of 23 from 3.
CHIEF KEEF’S JUMPER CUTS THE SUNS’ LEAD DOWN TO 95-69. LET’S GO!
Technical foul, Kobe. Been irritated the whole game. Now sitting on corner of the scorer's table, a few feet from the bench. Still scowling.
LAL being outscored 33-16 in this 3rd Q after a 33-19 Suns 1st Q. 2nd Q favored LAL 31-26. Total: 92-66.
Kobe gonna Kobe. Now has technical fouls in back-to-back games after complaining too much about contact going uncalled.
Lin won a jump ball vs. Morris, and it fell to Kobe for his 2nd triple to give him 26 points.
Kobe Bryant has 23 points tonight. The most he scored in any of his six games last year was 21 (twice).
Kobe scored through contact from Suns C Alex Len, reaching 23 points on 9 of 19 FG's, but Dragic has PHX up 20 after 2 more FG's.
MARCUS MORRIS IS SOFT.
Not that they would be winning if they shot more 3s, but the Lakers are 1-of-5 from behind the arc mid-way through the third quarter.
Suns shooting 11 of 19 from 3-pt line. Lakers are 1 for 4. Where's Nick Young
Suns are now 11 of 19 from 3 after a Marcus Morris 3, his 4th, put PHX up 75-57. LAL's starters have really struggled in 1st and 3rd Q's.
The Lakers had this thing trimmed to 61-55. It's now 75-57 and there's no more baseball to watch. :(
Boozer has 8 of LAL's 11 TO's, a real struggle for him today. Lin also struggling, 2 for 4 for 6 points w/1 assist in 17 min.
8 - Kobe’s old jersey number and number of times Carlos Boozer has turned the ball over tonight.
A little 9-0 run for the Suns. Turnovers are killing the Lakers who look completely out of sorts after halftime.
LAL had trimmed the HT lead to 5 with 3 Johnson FT's, but PHX responded with a 10-0 run spurred by 3 straight Boozer turnovers.
Turnovers on three consecutive possessions by Boozer (offensive foul, three-second violation, lost ball). ... PHX 70, LAL 55.
LAL open the 3rd w/5 FT’s in the first minute, but PHX is scoring on the other end to keep a 10-point lead. Lakers are 14 of 14 at the line.
Along with a jump shot, Jordan Hill added a “SC” tattoo on his neck during the off-season, which likely stands for South Carolina. Probably.
Man, is Bumgarner even excited? That was incredible and dude's barely broken a sweat
Blame Taylor Swift for the Giants winning the World Series. Every time she's released a new album, San Francisco has won it all.
Bumgarner purposely gave up the hit because he wants to throw more pitches. AK
This is the best halftime show ever.
According to my source (eyes), Lakers played better without Carlos Boozer in the first half. And I’m sure advanced stats can confirm this.
Remember when the Royals seemed to win every game in extra innings?
Halftime at US Airways Center (perfect timing to watch the bottom of the ninth): Suns 59, Lakers 50.
PLEASE DON’T BE HURT, ED DAVIS. WE CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
Jeremy Lin's driving layup was just his 2nd FG, bringing LAL within 9 at 59-50 at the half. Kobe had 19 on 7 of 15 FG's.
Bottom of the 9th, Game 7 of the World Series. Royals best hitters vs Giants best pitcher. Goosebumps !!
Isaiah Thomas killing LAL from 3, his 3rd triple giving him 13 bench points. PHX up 9 after another Davis put-back. Ed has 9 and 5.
With Randle out, Byron has stuck with a three-man rotation in the front court. Davis the only big to play off the bench.
Kobe makes some tough things look easy, like holding off a 7-footer (Len) with his strength, then finishing with his left hand. 19 points.
Kobe's shooting a lot, but he's also made some pretty passes, with LAL failing to finish before Johnson's open J.
Goran Dragic, Sasha Vujacic is still the greatest Slovenian of all-time.
That ice pack must be working. Kobe is 6 of 12 for 17 points. Lakers still down by 8, though
Lakers are shooting an incredible 50 percent from the three-point line. On two attempts, though.
Deep pull-up 3 from Kobe … good. Bryant's 6 of 12 for 17 points.
Ed Davis is doing a little bit of everything tonight: In 12 mins he has 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.
Eric Bledsoe has changed the rhythm of this game back into what Phoenix wants, his 7 straight points pushing the Suns back up double digits.
LAL had 3 shots at the rim, but Len challenged each, and Bledsoe finished on the other end for his 5th straight point to put PHX back up 9.