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Through 12.25 games, Robert Sacre shoots the ball every time he gets it and that’s not ideal if you want to try and win.
Sacre committed 3 PF's in his 3 minutes of work, though he did hit 2 J's to cut the DAL lead to 8. LAL have 4 team PF's already at 9:57.
With 5.9 left in first, Lakers trailed by six after Dirk FTs. A turnover and bad rebounding gave Dallas five more points to end the quarter.
Seen that one before. J.J. Barea baits opposing PG (Price in this case) into a push off foul be being annoying defensively.
After getting faked out by Kobe, Robert Sacre redeems himself to start the second quarter with a ball fake of his own.
At the end of 1, Lakers trail 38-27 and the Mavs had a 7-0 run in the final 10 seconds of that quarter, I think.
So LAL were poised to exit the quarter down 31-27. Instead, Davis/Sacre helped the Mavs take a 38-27 lead into the 2nd.
J.J. Barea giving me flashbacks with that last play. Where’s Andrew Bynum when you need him?
To compound it, DAL grabbed Crowder missed and-1 FT, and J.J. Barea hit a leaning 3 to beat the buzzer. That's a 7-0 run in 6 seconds.
It was obviously a good fake from Kobe, because he fooled Sacre. BK
The Mavericks scored seven points in the last 5.9 seconds. Criminy.
Wow. That was terrible
Sacre blew it. AK
Kobe 0 for 7 in the first quarter, Lakers trail Dallas by 11.
BScott not looking too happy with that.
Two big mistakes from LAL's bigs. Davis fouled Dirk 28 feet from rim (2 bonus FT's). Then Sacre threw an inbounds pass to DAL for an and-1.
That was... not good, Robert Sacre.
Kobe (0/7) can’t buy a basket — even though he didn’t take a hometown discount.
Nick Young and Kobe Bryant are a combined 0 for 10, so it's somewhat a surprise that LAL are down only 5 at 30-25. Bryant has 5 dimes.
Sacre enters the game. Drink.
LAL within 4 at 25-21 despite Kobe's 0 for 5 start. Bryant does have 4 assists and 3 boards plus 2 FT's. Jordan Hill's 4 of 4.
Mike Brown recognizes the stare Kobe just gave that ref. AK
Lakers shooting 60 percent from the field. Alas, Mavs hitting 71 percent.
A 6-0 Mavs run out of the 1st time out came on B2B triples (Mavs 3 of 5). Kobe's 1st points came at the FT line moments later. 25-21 DAL.
Nick Young playing with that soft cast on his thumb.
Byron Scott's sticking with rotations of late in having Ed Davis and Nick Young check in halfway through the 1st for Boozer/Johnson.
Kobe has 4 assists already, feeding Jordan Hill for another jumper. LAL ball movement has been good, but Dirk's 3 evens it at 17 early.
Midway through 1, it’s all tied up at 17 between the Lakers and Mavericks. Starting lineup has scored except for Kobe, but he has 4 assists.
Kobe has four assists in six minutes and *they* say he doesn’t pass the ball.
Try to avoid sweeping generalizations based on limited evidence, but Wes seems far more engaged following the Harden steal.
Two straight Hill buckets, one inside and one out, and a hammer dunk from Johnson off Kobe’s transition dime gave LAL an early 13-10 lead.
Not sure if Jordan Hill or Dirk Nowitzki.
In the Lakers’ five attempts so far, two of them have resulted in air balls — one each by Kobe and Lin.
Lakers and Mavs underway. Best offense. Worst defefnse.
And we're underway from Dallas, where LAL get their first hoop from Carlos Boozer. He's coming off B2B double-doubles (as is Jordan Hill).
Carlos Boozer - 2, Mavericks - 0.
Ellington said he heard from Kobe “almost every day” while he was away from the team: "As our leader, he's been unbelievable."
Ellington: "We were on a pretty good high. Not even 15 minutes after that was the lowest of all lows that I’ve ever been at in my life."
Ellington spoke about his father's death a few mins ago. He found out about it after the Lakers beat Charlotte to end 0-5 start (cont.).
Ellington might join Clarkson and Henry in D-League game tomorrow night, Scott said.
Wayne Ellington is available tonight but Byron Scott might not use him. He's been away for almost two weeks after his father's death.
Byron Scott said Wayne Ellington, who was away from the team for 10 days, is available but probably won’t play tonight. Sunday more likely.
Waiting in Dallas to hear from Rick Carlisle. Or, as I like to call him, Mav Rick.
After tonight's game in Dallas, Clarkson + Henry will again play for Lakers' D-League affiliate Saturday. They'll rejoin Lakers on Sunday.
I must be on a different wavelength. Goodbye. (Not literally, but you get the idea.)
Had a fellow journalist tell me recently he liked my tweet game. He then proceeded to lose 10 followers.
Glad Nick Young has blown up but kind of miss the old days when he was just a sweet kid at USC who I thought I had all to myself.
I remember watching Nick Young as a sophomore make jumper after jumper in practice in the North Gym at USC. Knew he would make it in NBA.
Tim Floyd quote about Nick Young that still works today: "I call him a dysfunctional player in a complimentary way."
The NHL announced Slava Voynov is still suspended indefinitely but the Kings can replace Voynov’s salary under terms of the NHL/NHLPA CBA.
Disparity in Bryant/Nowitzki contracts is stunning. Kobe will make as much next season alone ($25m) as Dirk in three years of deal.
Kobe: "...the new head of the players association ain't going for it either."
Owners win when players feel pressured to take less money, says Kobe. "It’s absolutely brilliant. But I’m not going for it. And I know..."
Kobe: "Was it a big enough discount to help us be a contender? Yeah."
Kobe: "Did I take take a discount? Yeah. Did I take as big of a discount as some fans would want me to? No."
Kobe added, "It's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money."
More Kobe on his contract: "Was it a big enough discount to help us be a contender? Yeah."
This a.m. in Dallas, Kobe again defended his contract, calling it a “coup” for owners if public perception favors stars taking pay cuts.
Kobe on still-scrutinized $48.5M contract: "Did I take a discount? Yeah. Did I take as big a discount as some fans would want me to? No."
Wayne Ellington rejoined Lakers yesterday but Byron Scott unsure if he will play tonight.
Who would’ve thought Lakers would be ahead of the Thunder in the West standings this season? http://t.co/YnjGzBdUc3