Blazers vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Blazers vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Blazers vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Portland Trail Blazers (21-31) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (27-27) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 10:30 PM EST on Wednesday February 2, 2022

Portland Trail Blazers 94, Los Angeles Lakers 99 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers won ugly, propelled by Anthony Davis digging in and reaching that competitive level that fans long to see more regularly: ocregister.com/2022/02/02/ant…2:35 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The win Wednesday brought the Lakers’ record to 25-27, which is 9th in the West and 3.5 games behind Denver for the 6th seed, which is where they’d need to get to avoid the play-in tourney. Here’s Carmelo Anthony on how LAL views the postseason: pic.twitter.com/qUO9KxYOZz2:18 AM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting after starting the game hitting six of his first seven shots (and 4-of-4 from 3), prompting Frank Vogel to declare, “I don’t think people are talking enough about what Carmelo is doing in Year 19. It truly is remarkable.” – 2:14 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on Carmelo Anthony’s performance: “His shot-making ability has been off the charts.” – 2:00 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Carmelo Anthony: “Do I want to be in the play-in game? Hell no.” But says he’s more concerned about the Lakers being healthy and jelled by the end of the year. – 1:54 AM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Yup 🌮🌮
#WeGotTacos | @JackBox pic.twitter.com/b9nf8G2mLt1:54 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Quick @LockedOnLakers postgame reaction video to the Lakers’ 99-94 win over the Blazers. Wasn’t pretty or particularly entertaining, but needed. Big nights from AD and Melo. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods pic.twitter.com/EsXDeBednH1:48 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Love it. Melo one of the Greats. pic.twitter.com/yGTttAfxxb1:40 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook postgame presser… pic.twitter.com/qAnmpCaUPF1:39 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis on “trying to get back to myself” at the end of the Portland game: pic.twitter.com/2kdqIPl7hQ1:29 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel said he thought Anthony Davis’ fourth quarter was “all mental” tonight against the Blazers. He saw Davis was struggling with his legs in just his fourth game back from rehab, but toughed it out to get points and boards at crunch time. – 1:25 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel believes Carmelo deserves more credit for what he’s doing at his age: “I don’t think people are talking enough about what Carmelo is doing in Year 19.” – 1:22 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on team’s free-throw shooting: “That’s how you win and lose games. … We definitely have to do a better job in that category. … We definitely got to lock in more at the line.” – 1:17 AM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Robert Covington tonight joined Norm Van Lier and Josh Giddey as the only players in #NBA history with 10+ rebounds, 9+ assists, and zero points in a game. – 1:17 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on Carmelo: “He’s been a true vet for all our guys.” – 1:16 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD on ‘Melo: “He’s been great. He’s been helping me all year, especially in the post … (he’s been a dominant post player) … he’s always talking. About what he thinks we should do … And his shot making has been off the charts.” – 1:15 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Final 📊
Norm: 30p/5r
Ant: 19p/3a/2r
Nurk: 16p/13r/4a
CJ: 15p/8r/3a/2s
Trendon: 6p/6r/2s
DSJ: 4p/3r/2a
CJ E: 2p/3r
Ben: 2p/2r
RoCo: 13r/9a/4s – 1:08 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Anthony Davis with @John Ireland & @champagnennuts Post Game…
“I feel like my old self, feel like I’m back in a groove.” – 1:04 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
These Lakers are very, very unpleasant. AK – 1:01 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Lakers 99, Blazers 94: FINAL. 30 points, 5 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists for @Jusuf Nurkic. 19 points, 3 assists for @Anfernee Simons. 15 points, 8 rebounds for @CJ McCollum. 9 assists, 13 rebounds for @Holla_At_Rob33. – 1:01 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Anthony Davis last 3 games:
29.3 PPG
10.7 RPG
2.7 BPG
57.6 FG%
Still elite. pic.twitter.com/6O4ErvRiSw1:01 AM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Lakers stop their slide with a 99-94 win over POR. AD 30p on 10-of-18 15r 3b; Melo 23p on 8-of-12 8r 2b; Russ 9p 10r 13a; Bradley 11p 4s; Dwight 10p 7r. Second night of a back-to-back tomorrow against the Clippers. – 1:01 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers defeat Trail Blazers 99-94 behind 30 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks from Anthony Davis. – 1:00 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers hold on to beat the Blazers, 99-94…Not pretty, but a much needed W…Lakers now 25-27 on the Season
-AD 30pts 15rebs 3blks
-Melo 24pts 8rebs 2blks
-Russ 9pts 10rebs 13ast
-Avery 11pts 4stls
Next up, the Clippers tomorrow night…
@ESPNLosAngeles1:00 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
FINAL: Lakers 99, Trail Blazers 94.
Anthony Davis had 11 of his 30 points and 8 of his 15 rebounds in the fourth quarter. Phenomenal closing effort from him to snap the Lakers’ losing streak. They needed it. – 1:00 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Lakers 99, Blazers 94
The Lakers snap their three-game losing streak and improve to 25-27. Anthony Davis had 30 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Up next: at the Clippers on Thursday. – 1:00 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
I guess beggers can’t be choosers. But this might be the worst Lakers’ win of the season. – 1:00 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
“we cannot lose this game, forget about the tacos.”
incredible Lakers broadcast tonight. – 12:59 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
At least the Blazers and Lakers are pretty even in how poorly they’re shooting free throws. – 12:59 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Davis is up to 30 points, 15 boards and 3 blocks with 17.1 seconds to play.
LAL’s lead is 97-93 after conceding a layup. Davis and ‘Melo have split the last 3 trips to the line to keep Portland engaged. Blazers have 1 time out left. – 12:57 AM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Simons’ three of off, RoCo is called for a foul on AD and he’ll head to the line to shoot two with the Lakers leading 96-91 with 24.2 seconds to play. – 12:55 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Anthony Davis with some big offensive rebounds down the stretch. If the Lakers close this out, that’ll end up the insurance. AK – 12:52 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Anthony Davis has taken over the backboards, which were a problem for LAL earlier in the game, to put his team in strong position with 52.0 seconds left.
It’s a 94-89 lead, with AD going to the line after he grabbed an offensive board, his 14th overall. – 12:52 AM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Lakers have turned the ball over 17 time – Blazers have 24 points; Blazers 13 turnovers, Lakers 1 point. Feel like that’s probably significant tonight – 12:51 AM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
That FT in transition was the Lakers’ first point off a turnover all game – 13 Blazers turnovers, 1 point for the Lakers (previous possession) – 12:49 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Davis hit a jumper, then 1 of 2 bonus FT’s, to put LAL up 3 with 2:07 left.
Portland had previously tied the game after Westbrook tried to help off Norman Powell in the corner on consecutive possessions, and Powell hit his 4th and 5th 3’s of the night. – 12:48 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Good Westbrook: He drove to the basket and drew a foul. Then, set up AD for a bucket
Bad Westbrook: Late on two closeouts that led to Blazers making a 3 both times – 12:47 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Kent Bazemore is ready if needed. – 12:47 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
One of RoCo’s 8 assists 🎯
@Moda_Health | Assist of the Night pic.twitter.com/Zh3p6gkdcJ12:45 AM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Should be a quick review here, as AD caught Nurkic with a shoulder to the mouth, but it was clearly a basketball play. – 12:42 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Third and fourth fouls on AD in quick succession here with 3:32 remaining. – 12:42 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
The Lakers-Blazers matchup was much more riveting in the bubble – 12:41 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers have a 88-83 lead over the Blazers with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook will be part of the close-out group following the latest timeout – 12:40 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL lead 88-83 thanks to some better defense in the 4th Q, where Portland is just 3 for 11 from the field, plus 5 turnovers.
LAL have missed some good opportunities to push the lead further, but are +8 in the 4th Q with 4:24 left. – 12:39 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Davis looked pissed after missing a putback attempt under the basket a second ago. Channels that into a three that puts the Lakers up 88-83 with 4:24 left in the game.
Feeling like a must-win here. The Lakers need a turnaround like no one’s business. – 12:37 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Blazers-Lakers has been an insult to future nine and ten seeds. AK – 12:36 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis sequence just now:
– tough rebound over Nurk
– running block on Powell
– sky-high catch for a dunker spot entry pass and finish
He’s missed a few looks around the rim, but he’s putting in two-way effort for sure to try to break the Lakers’ losing streak. – 12:31 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Lakers just chose Russell Westbrook to shoot the fourth quarter technical foul free throw in a tie game. – 12:27 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Carmelo Anthony has been massive offensviely for LAL tonight, now 8 for 12 (5 of 6 3’s) towards 23 points with 7 boards in 24 minutes, not to mention 2 assists.
Game is tied at 76 with 11 minutes to play. – 12:24 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Melo LOB! – 12:23 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Blazers 75, Lakers 72
Carmelo Anthony has 21 points & 7 rebounds. Anthony Davis has 19 points, 7 rebounds & 2 blocks. The Blazers have outscored the Lakers 59-44 since the first quarter. POR’s 16 offensive rebounds are helping them dominate the possession battle. – 12:21 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
12 minutes left in this one.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/VqkrY8rUUE12:21 AM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers 75, Lakers 72: end of third quarter. 20 points, 4 rebounds for @Norman Powell. 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists for @Jusuf Nurkic. 17 points, 2 assist/rebounds for @Anfernee Simons. 11 points, 7 rebounds for @CJ McCollum. 9 rebounds, 8 assists for @Holla_At_Rob33. – 12:20 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Second straight quarter that ends with the Blazers hitting a shot at the buzzer. Portland up 75-72. This is a tough game to watch. – 12:20 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers down 75-72 end of third to Blazers – 12:20 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
seriously where would the Lakers be without Carmelo Anthony — like, in general – 12:17 AM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Forrest using clock like Dame at the end of the Blazers/Thunder series – 12:15 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL trail 71-69 with 2:45 left in the 3rd Q. They continue to be plagued by turnovers, committing 13 to Portland’s 4. Blazers are shooting just 35.1% from the field, but have taken 22 more shots due to the TO margin, plus a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass. – 12:13 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers 12 turnovers, Blazers 3… – 12:09 AM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
This Ant move got some oohs & aahs from the away crowd pic.twitter.com/3bwAHA8T6T12:06 AM

Bill Oram @billoram
Not really sure what to take from this information, especially amid the Omicron spike, but the Lakers have had only two sellouts in eight home games since Christmas. Tonight is not one of them. – 12:05 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
If the regular season had ended, say, yesterday, this would be an elimination game between the 10th place Blazers and 9th-place Lakers. – 11:59 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis made a fall-back jumper, while Robert Covington fell to the floor. – 11:55 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
3J’s heatin’ up.. – 11:54 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Portland takes their first lead of the night with a McCollum three, lakers take it back on the next possession. – 11:53 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Just a casual 37-point second quarter from the league’s 19th-ranked offense, which happens to be without its best player. The Lakers defense never fails to disappoint. – 11:41 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Halftime Downtown
@Carmelo Anthony: 18 pts (6/7 FG, 4/4 3P)
@Anthony Davis: 13 pts (5/7 FG) pic.twitter.com/QhgVeAKGil11:39 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Tough break for LAL to close the half … on a Nurkic jumper, the ball hit the wire behind the basket that holds up the shot clock, which is a violation.
Officials gave Portland the ball, and Powell hit a buzzer-beating J to cut LAL’s lead to 1 at half. – 11:38 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers holding a 54-53 lead over Portland at half. Anthony Davis has 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, Carmelo Anthony 18 points. – 11:38 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Lakers 54, Blazers 53: halftime. 16 points, 1 rebound/assist for @Norman Powell. 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists for @Jusuf Nurkic. 13 points, 2 assists for @Anfernee Simons. – 11:38 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers have only a 54-53 half-time lead over Portland after nursing a 13-point lead. Blazers are much better from 3 (38.1%) than from the field (35.2%). – 11:38 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
HALFTIME: Lakers 54, Trail Blazers 51.
Norm Powell appeared to sink a catch-and-shoot jumper just before the buzzer.
Anthony Davis has 13 points and 5 rebounds, but Carmelo Anthony has been the player of the half with 18 points on 6 for 7 shooting. – 11:37 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Lakers 54, Blazers 53
Carmelo Anthony leads the Lakers with 18 points off the bench. Anthony Davis has 13 points, five rebounds and one block. LA is shooting 52.6% but has partially negated that with their eight turnovers and Portland’s 10 offensive rebounds. – 11:37 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
The Lakers caught a bit of a break when Covington misses Nurkic with Russ guarding him very down low on a switch, instead fires up a three. Lakers run out the miss, and Russ sets up Bradley for a corner three. AK – 11:35 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Jursuf Nurkic and Anthony Davis have been in a physical battle all night. Each matchup has often ended with one of them falling to the ground – 11:33 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
A career-high 38 for LaMelo Ball in Boston tonight. He also had 9 assists and made 10 free throws.
He’s just the 5th player to do that against the Celtics in the last 20 years.
LeBron James (twice)
Allen Iverson (twice)
Russell Westbrook
Devin Booker – 11:32 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
All I can think about whenever Carmelo goes off like this is how much I wish he was on the 2020 team.
This dude deserves a ring. He came here to win a ring. He’s probably not gonna get a ring, and that sucks because he should’ve been a cult hero two years ago. – 11:31 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Portland hit 3 straight 3’s to nearly erase LAL’s double-digit lead, and LAL needed a last-second-of-the-shot-clock triple from ‘Melo (his 4th) to snap the run.
AD scored on the next trip on a pass from Westbrook to put LAL up 44-38. – 11:27 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Blazers getting loose from three. After deep shots from Nurk and Simons, a 13-point Lakers lead is down to a point with 5:17 left in the half. – 11:24 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
BACK TO BACK NURK TRIPLES – 11:23 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Mark Daigneault on Tre Mann: “He was outstanding tonight.”
Mann gonna be eating Skittles on the flight to Portland. – 11:23 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
Carmelo in the #BHM Air Jordan XXXVI! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/1guTgzoB1f11:20 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis about to check back in at the 7:32 mark – 11:17 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
From the newsletter on Monday as Melo shoots out to 13 points in 11 minutes so far: pic.twitter.com/pqoJnpTxFt11:11 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I trust Carmelo at the Crypt more than I trust my therapist. – 11:11 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Russ points the way. Malik does the rest. pic.twitter.com/6MZK9tB2v611:11 PM

Mike Richman @mikegrich
The Blazers have 66 points in their last 48 minutes of NBA basketball (final 3 quarters Monday, first quarter tonight). – 11:09 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Kent Bazemore checks in at the start of the second quarter.
Vogel said of him earlier today: “He’s been a 10 out of 10 with his attitude and his character and has really shown in light of a difficult circumstance.” – 11:08 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Lakers 28, Blazers 16
A dominant first frame from LA, who shot 54.5% and held the Blazers to 26.1% shooting. Carmelo Anthony turned back the clock to when he was automatic at Crypto.com Arena earlier in the season, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 FGs. – 11:06 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL take a 28-16 lead out of the 1st Q, with Portland failing to hit a single jump shot.
They were 6 for 13 in the paint, and 0 for 11 from the perimeter (0 for 8 from 3).
LAL hit 12 of 22 FG’s, including 4 3’s. – 11:06 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Plus a dozen.
@Carmelo Anthony: 10 pts (4/4 FG)
@Anthony Davis: 6 pts, 4 reb
@Russell Westbrook: 5 pts, 4 ast, 3 reb pic.twitter.com/bzJ9kYUzjm11:06 PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Lakers 28, Blazers 16: end of first quarter. 6 points, 4 rebounds for @Jusuf Nurkic. 4 points, 1 assist for @Norman Powell. POR shooting 25 percent, LAL 55 percent. – 11:05 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers open 28-16 lead over Portland after one quarter behind Carmelo Anthony’s 10 points. – 11:05 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
End of Q1: Lakers 28, Blazers 16. – 11:04 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Melo has 10 points this quarter against his former team(!!!). – 11:03 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Austin Reaves and Anthony Davis doubling opposing bigs in the post. Should be a buddy cop movie. – 11:00 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Blazers were the best three-point shooting team in the month of January, one of the main reasons they were able to have some success, but they’ve hit a cold stretch starting with the second half of the loss in OKC. – 10:59 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Always something to see when Melo has it going with the shooting stroke – 10:59 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis is limping. He had asked to be taken out after Nurkic got an offensive rebound over him. – 10:59 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
‘Melo has it going early, pulling up in transition for his 2nd 3 to go with an earlier 2, enough to put LAL up 24-12 at the 2:30 mark. – 10:59 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Whew, Melo with the transition three, and the Lakers up to a 24-12 lead. – 10:58 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Of note, after he picked up two fouls in the first three minutes: Among Lakers firmly in the rotation, Stanley Johnson leads the team in fouls per 36 minutes (4.7) by a pretty good margin. The next closest is THT (3.5). AK – 10:54 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL take a 16-8 lead into the first time out at the 5:55 mark, hitting 7 of 13 FG’s, compared to Portland’s slow 3 for 11 start.
Davis has 6 points, with two paint buckets plus a jumper. – 10:51 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Another urgent offensive start from Anthony Davis, hitting three of his first four shots while also positioning himself for a few boards. Lakers lead 16-8 early. – 10:50 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I get nervous every time Anthony Davis jumps within a five foot radius of another human being. – 10:50 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Early foul trouble for Stanley Johnson (2 PF) brings Carmelo Anthony into the game at the 9:04 mark, with LAL up 5-4 as things get going against Portland. – 10:46 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Evan Mobley career-high:
29 PTS
12 REB
12-20 FG
Only one Cavs rookie had more points and rebounds in a game since 2000 — LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/oT8Y2udTog10:45 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Showcase opportunity for THT against a bad Portland defensive backcourt.
Chance for the Lakers to scout Robert Covington up close as a possible target.
Oh and yea I guess a win would be helpful in the standings too. Kinda locked in on deadline stuff though. – 10:41 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets @Jalen Green with 21p-5r-5a tonight. Had 17p-5r-5a vs Portland on Friday. Had not had any games of 15p-5r-5a in his career prior to that. Has 11 career games with 5r or more, 6 of those have come in his last 10 games. – 10:40 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups on Lakers guard Russell Westbrook: “I feel like Russ has taken a lot of heat that he shouldn’t have been taking, to be honest with you. Russ has always been this dude.” pic.twitter.com/3bXh6Pn0F410:38 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
In his last two games (at Philly, at Atlanta), Anthony Davis is a combined 17 for 21 in the paint.
Portland ranks 20th in points in the paint allowed this season (47.4). Should see a healthy dose of AD inside tonight. – 10:34 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Tonight’s 5.
1⃣ @Anfernee Simons
3⃣ @CJ McCollum
2⃣4⃣ @Norman Powell
3⃣3⃣ @Robert Covington
2⃣7⃣ @bosnianbeast27
#RipCity   | @stormxio pic.twitter.com/jKj4sfN4pi10:31 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Take a look 🔙 at our last showdown against the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/AkmTQm7mAO10:30 PM

Larry Lage @LarryLage
Reached #Michigan AD Warde Manuel for his reaction to the news that Jim #Harbaugh is staying after interviewing with the Vikings: “I’m very happy,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel wrote in a text. – 10:09 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Tonight’s Five
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/Q91LzBI1Ho10:08 PM

Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Celebrating #NGWSD with some of the amazing women on our staff ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cSizbU2kIJ10:05 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Melo: 38 PTS, 9 AST, 6 REB
Terry: 23 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
PJ: 16 PTS, 7 REB
Kelly: 15 PTS, 4 STL
Mason: 5 PTS, 17 REB
#AllFly | @drpepper pic.twitter.com/44dgz1ascj10:01 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Tonight’s starting lineups for Blazers @ Lakers: pic.twitter.com/Wpy2dtAgnt10:00 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers keep the same starting lineup as the last two games AD has been healthy: AD, Russ, Monk, Johnson, Bradley. – 10:00 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook, Bradley, Monk, Johnson and Davis will start vs. Portland. – 10:00 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
LaMelo career high.
38 PTS
5 REB
9 AST
2 STL
It’s his 2nd 35/5/5 game. Only LeBron, Luka, Zion and Durant had more such games before turning 21 in the last 40 seasons. pic.twitter.com/3n5L3PCw629:57 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
#LakeShow x #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/MFO6ZiOPA09:49 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups on Brian Flores and the NFL: “I think we’re light years ahead of where any other league is. I’m really proud of it and I think a lot of it has to do with our players and our union, they’ve been pretty aggressive about what needs to happen” – 9:44 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel also said “the expectation” is for Anthony Davis to play in both games of this back-to-back (Blazers & Clippers). – 9:00 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Fun fact: @Chris Forsberg says there’s only been 22 5×5 games in #NBA history. I witnessed one of them – Nic Batum for Portland. – 9:00 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron James is out tonight with left knee soreness and will not be at game vs Portland at Crypto.com Arena – 8:55 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Clippers say that Jay Scrubb (turf toe) will miss Thursday’s game vs. the Lakers and Ivica Zubac is questionable with a sore right calf.
PG, Kawhi, Jason Preston, Keon Johnson (G League) all out. – 8:53 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks down 14-13 in the early going at AAC against OKC. Thunder looking active so far. Dwight Powell with two fouls and Mavs already are without Kristaps Porzingis (right knee bone bruise). – 8:50 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel wants Russell Westbrook to “play within himself” and “play hard” on the defensive end with LeBron James out. – 8:50 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Frank Vogel said LeBron James won’t be around the team tonight. Not clear if he will be with team tomorrow vs the Clippers – 8:50 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel says that Anthony Davis is expected to play in both games of this back to back, Blazers and Clippers. – 8:50 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron James (knee) was listed as doubtful for tonight, and Frank Vogel confirmed that he is out.
Vogel added that “It’s moving in the right direction.” – 8:49 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Frank Vogel said LeBron James is “moving in the right direction” with his rehab. But Vogel added LeBron won’t return until the swelling of his left knee goes down – 8:48 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel says LeBron James is out tonight but the rehab on the Lakers star’s left knee ailment is “moving in the right direction” – 8:48 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel confirms that LeBron James is out tonight vs. Portland.
“It’s moving in the right direction but until the swelling’s under control he won’t be out there,” Vogel said. – 8:48 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel confirms LeBron James is OUT for tonight’s game. Says that LeBron’s knee issue is “moving in the right direction.” – 8:48 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
LeBron James (left knee; soreness/effusion) has been downgraded from doubtful to out for tonight’s game against the #Blazers. – 8:48 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
No surprise but LeBron is officially out against Portland tonight. – 8:48 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirms that LeBron James is out tonight vs Blazers – 8:48 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
What do you most want to see from AD with Lebron out? pic.twitter.com/LokZAFQG9z8:45 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
For tomorrow vs Lakers, Clippers add Jay Scrubb to injury report. He’s out with turf toe on his right foot.
Ivica Zubac is questionable after missing Monday night in Indiana with sore right calf.
Keon Johnson still in the G.
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Jason Preston still out. – 8:43 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis getting ready. pic.twitter.com/Y7c1TsHrWy8:37 PM

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
First time I had a convo about a possible return to Vancouver for #NBA … if league expands. That could be interesting…Seattle, Vancouver, Portland rivalry. Move New Orleans & Memphis to the East.
#Sports #Business8:13 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Talking state of the Lakers on @NBATV in a bit. Tune in at 5 pm PT – 7:19 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Was curious on the scale of trade deadline/buyout moves for the last handful of NBA champions.
’21 Bucks: P.J. Tucker, Jeff Teague
’20 Lakers: Markieff Morris
’19 Raptors: Marc Gasol
’18 Warriors: N/A
’17 Warriors: N/A
’16 Cavaliers: Channing Frye
’15 Warriors: N/A – 7:11 PM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
If our RPR MVP Predictor picked the Western Conference All-Star reserves:
G: Donovan Mitchell
G: Chris Paul
F: Karl-Anthony Towns
F: Rudy Gobert
F: Anthony Davis
WC: Luka Doncic
WC: Devin Booker
Injury replacements: Dejounte Murray, Kristaps Porzingis, Anthony Edwards pic.twitter.com/R5K8WILAXG5:55 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: Reporting on LeBron James’ ailing left knee with @Malika Andrews on NBA Today pic.twitter.com/I8oh3ZKlvU5:54 PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
🏀 HABERSHOW w/ @Amin Elhassan 🏀
NBA host, former D1 hooper and Celebrity All-Star superstar @RADeMita joins the pod to discuss her new venture, her wild basketball career and of course, LeBron (and Serbian fried chicken).
🍎: https://t.co/ngOFFAnfmo
✳️: https://t.co/8CX6i0LrjI pic.twitter.com/9PG27zdSDR5:44 PM

Robin Lopez @rolopez42
Why are All Star Game Challanges limited to basketball? Can we get Giannis, Lebron and Steph going head to head on Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?
Or, I guess, Legends of the Hidden Temple. Do that one instead. – 5:41 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Last year, LeBron James openly railed against the NBA’s play-in system. This year? It might be the one thing keeping his faint title hopes alive. New today @theathletic: theathletic.com/3106621/2022/0…5:32 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Play Lakers Pick ‘Em for your chance to win tickets to the Lakers vs Jazz on February 16 🎟️ – 5:30 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The Heat’s half-court offense is ranked No. 14 in the NBA, per @Ben Falk.
Over the last 10 seasons, only one team has made the NBA Finals with a half-court offense that ranked outside of the top 10 in the regular season: The Lakers in 2020.
miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…5:26 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Joel Embiid is NBA EC player of the month. Jayson Tatum among 6 other nominees (Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Darius Garland, Pascal Siakam, Trae Young).
Nikola Jokic gets WC honor over Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson, Dejounte Murray, Anfernee Simons, K-A Towns. – 5:04 PM
Portland Trail Blazers @trailblazers
Finishing up a week-long road trip in LA.
#RipCity pic.twitter.com/xt8xBGRRBh5:00 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
This week’s “Hoops, Adjacent” ep of @AthleticNBAShow w/ @Marcus Thompson and I welcomes guest @champagnennuts, who talks about the Lakers’ struggles, tales from the Showtime Lakers in the ‘80s & how his son Klay is doing since coming back. Listen in!
theathletic.com/podcast/8-the-…4:30 PM

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