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The (56-25) Los Angeles Lakers are in the State Capital for the last time to face the (24-57) Sacramento Kings. This season finale for both teams has the word strange written all over it. The Lakers have won eight of their last nine against the Kings and four straight in Sacramento.

Tonight’s game will be fan appreciation night for the Kings. This could be the last official game of the team once known as the Sacramento Kings. The fans of Sacramento, knowing that this will be the last time to cheer for their team could be at a fever pitch and extremely loud. The Kings want to give their fans a memorable send-off.

For those who are unaware of this, the Anaheim City Council issued the bonds (worth $75-million) needed to entice the franchise to move, and new federal trademark rights have been requested. It appears that the Kings are moving south and next season will be the Anaheim Royals. A Kings season-ticket holder described tonight’s game a basketball funeral.

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Matt Barnes, will be OK according to Lakers.com:

Lakers forward Matt Barnes also had an MRI exam on his sore right knee, which was surgically repaired on January 11, 2011. Results of Barnes’ MRI showed no new damage.

[Barnes is] expected to be ready to play when the Lakers open the playoffs this weekend.

Barnes missed 26 games this season, following his knee surgery in January.

He missed the Lakers game against the Spurs on Tuesday, and did not travel with the team to Sacramento.

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Bynum, underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning, and the Lakers are saying that it revealed a bone bruise. The injury is not deemed serious.

He is expected to be eady for the first game of the playoffs.

Bynum went down in the 2nd quarter after stepping on DeJuan Blair’s foot in Tuesday’s nights game against the San Antonio Spurs. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti accompanied him as he walked to the locker room.

Bynum, did not return to the game against the Spurs, and did not make the trip to Sacramento.

The knee he injured, is the same one that was surgically repaired this summer.

In six seasons with the Lakers, Bynum has only played in all 82 games once (2nd season – 2006-07)

In 53 games this season, Bynum is averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.

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According to Mark Medina, from the LA Times. The NBA has said they will review footage, of Kobe yelling at referee Bennie Adams in last night’s nationally televised game against the Spurs.

You can see the incident at 0:33 from the clip below:

Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers have officially released this statement:

“What I said last night should not be taken literally, my actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. ” He added, “The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”

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“He’s a strong kid and he’s got a big heart,” Pau Gasol said of Andrew Bynum. “I trust his will to fight through this.”

And by through this, Gasol meant the hyperextension of Bynum’s surgically repaired right knee. Yes, he stepped on DuJuan Blair’s foot, fell to the ground and sat there for a time, grabbing his knee…again. It’s a played out scene, true. But unlike previous instances, Bynum did walk to the locker room on his own and he assured Phil Jackson at half-time and the media after the game that he was feeling good. His MRI tomorrow (which will force him to miss the last game of the season up in Sacramento) should provide more insight into the severity of the injury.

In the meantime, Bynum was the third Laker added to the list of missing players in tonight’s game. With Steve Blake out with the chicken pox and Matt Barnes down due to soreness in his own surgically repaired knee, the Lakers worked a skeleton crew with rarely used Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff cracking the rotation in the first half. The Spurs, meanwhile, did the same, but the non-participation of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli were intentional. It didn’t, however, keep the game from being a close one.

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UPDATE 11pm PST: (via Eric Pincus) “After the game, Bynum indicated he didn’t think the injury was anything serious.  Obviously an MRI may say differently but the Laker center downplayed it .”

Update:Phil Jackson told Cheryl Miller at the end of the 3rd quarter, that he talked to Bynum at halftime, and Drew said that he would be OK!

Andrew Bynum went down in the 2nd quarter against the San Antonio Spurs. Bynum, left under his own power, and limped to the locker room accompanied by Lakers trainer Gary Vitti.

Bynum, will not return to the game against the Spurs, and will not make the trip to Sacramento.

An MRI is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11am.

Reports out of the locker room are saying that he “Hyper-extended” his knee, it is the same knee that was surgically repaired this summer.

in 6 seasons with the Lakers, Bynum has only played in all 82 games once (2nd season – 2006-07)

In 53 games this season, Bynum is averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.

Stay tuned to The Lakers Nation for updates.

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The debut episode of “Khloe and Lamar” aired on E! on Sunday Night, and for Lamar and anybody involved with the show, it was a successful first episode.

According to Variety, “Khloe & Lamar” opened to draw 2.6 million viewers in its premiere, slightly below the most recent “Kardashian” debut.

Fox Sports Radio’s, Ben Maller, broke down the numbers:

The Lakers have the highest local television ratings in the NBA, but their star Lamar Odom crushed them with his new reality TV show.

(Khloe and Lamar attracted) 835% more viewers than the average Lakers home game gets on local cable (Fox Sports Net West) in Los Angeles.

Keep in mind the Lakers are TOPS in the NBA with 278,000 average households.

In-fact thats 216% more eyeballs than the TOP SIX NBA teams get COMBINED (822,000) on local cable, according to ratings from SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY.

Looks like pairing Laker fans, with Kardashian fans may be the recipe for success.

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It seems Steve Blake is out due to the Chicken Pox as reported:

The team announced later Tuesday afternoon that Blake has chicken pox and would not play Tuesday; beyond that, he is out indefinitely.

The Lakers have two games left in the regular season. Tuesday night against the Spurs, and Wednesday vs. the Kings.

In 79 games this season, Blake is averaging 20 minutes per game. Blake’s averages 4 points, 2.2 assist, and shoots 38% from three point range per game.

UPDATE: According to Mike Bresnahan, from the LA times, there is a scary thought. Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Ron Artest have not had the chicken pox. So Blake will need to stay away from those three to ensure the Lakers don’t lose one of them during the first round of the playoffs.

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The Lakers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, and it was the first time the Lakers faced the Thunder with recently acquired Center Kendrick Perkins.

With about five minutes left in the game, Bryant and Perkins got tangled up. Bryant would shove Perkins away, and they were both hit with technical fouls.

Later on in the game, a interesting moment happened courtesy the LA Times. Kobe had a few words for Perkins as he was shooting free throws with 14.1 seconds left..

Here is Perkins recollection of the conversation:

“He just asked me if we were happy about this win,” Perkins said. “My reply was, ‘We’re happy about every win. Yeah, we are happy about the win and we are going to be happy if we win tomorrow.’ So who’s not happy after a win? But you know, it’s Kobe being Kobe.”

It seems as if Kobe was trying to put a regular season win in perspective.

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The Lakers, losers of their last five, have blamed fatigue for their recent woes.

After a long season, and coming off three straight NBA Final runs, the Lakers have chose to take their foot off the pedal, and save up their energy for the playoffs.

Phil Jackson said this at practice on Monday, courtesy Lakers.com

“There’s some subliminal part of them that just is still giving in to ‘We’re going to have to save it for the best, which is later on, and go from there,'” Jackson said. “At their age, it’s understandable.”

What about the fans and pundits who find it unacceptable, and feel the Lakers should be playing their best ball towards the end of the regular season?

“Everybody wants to put the nail in the coffin,” Kobe Bryant said. “We’ve all been there before.”

Barnes, Bryant, Gasol, Fisher, and Steve Blake all sat out practice on Monday

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David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers come to you for another LIVE edition of the Voice of the Nation.

Rundown

  • Lakers on a 5 game losing streak
  • Kobe Bryant talks about the mood in locker room
  • Pau Gasol says Perkins “Talks too much”
  • POLL QUESTION: Is the 5 game losing streak a cause for concern?
  • Around the NBA
  • Another Laker tweets right after a loss
  • Khloe and Lamar debut
  • What did Kobe say to Michael Jordan the first time they sat down?
  • and Much MUCH More

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…and the hits just keep on coming, don’t they? If the coaching staff and team have some master plan behind this FOURTH 3+ game losing streak, I wish they’d share it with the rest of us because falling prey to five teams in a row after winning 17 of the previous 18 games is nothing but a mystery.

Maybe this was coming, with Golden State, Portland and Oklahoma City all winless against the Lakers until this point, they were all due for a victory. Those circumstances, however, speak more to the Lakers’ inability or unwillingness these past few games to play the right way, than it does those teams’ desperation not to be swept.

A win tonight would have helped put aside the previous four games, but the Lakers came out early on not appearing to want to expend any energy defending this young Thunder team. After the first quarter, OKC shot 64%. After the half, 62%. After three quarters, 58%. And they finished with 57% from the field to end the game. However Ron Artest defended Kevin Durant so effectively in their previous meetings, the young talent must have figured it out, going for 31 points on 11-15 shooting. And even though Durant’s running mate, Russell Westbrook went 8-20, he still managed to score 26 points, grab six rebounds and hand out seven assists.

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The (55-24) Los Angeles Lakers are at Staples Center to host the (53-26) Oklahoma City Thunder. Tonight’s game is the third of the three game season series. The Lakers have taken the two previous games. However, this is the first time that Kendrick Perkins will be in the line up for the Thunder

Just last week the Lakers, appeared to be poised to overtake the Spurs for the top spot in the West pulling to within 1 ½ games. They’re now fighting to hold onto the number two seed. They have become a complete paradox of that group.

With three games to play, they have a one-game lead over the third-place Mavericks, two games over the fourth-place Thunder and holds the tiebreaker against both.

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The Blazers may end up with the 7th seed, which would put them in a first round series with the Lakers.

It would be interesting to see what would be considered the “must-see” matchup.

Brandon Roy’s injuries no longer make him a superstar player. Roy 100% health,  and in his prime against Kobe would be fun to see.

Since Roy now comes off the bench, the match-up most will look forward to in a potential playoff series would be Pau Gasol vs. LaMarcus Aldridge.

However, if the last two games between the Blazers and the Lakers are any indication, the match-up between Ron Artest and Gerald Wallace may be the most intriguing.

Check out (below) what happened between Wallace and Artest in Friday night’s game. (After the jump)

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.