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With six seconds left in the game, and the Jazz up by just one point, Kobe Bryant had the ball…and it slipped from his hands. It was, in its very essence, the most appropriate ending to a game wrought with sheer carelessness and foolery. They lost to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday in much the same way they did tonight; with an excellent game by Andrew Bynum, but a so-very-so game from everybody else.

Aside from Utah’s Gordon Hayward, who scored a career high 22 points on 9-14 because the Lakers (ahem, Kobe Bryant and everyone else guarding the paint not named Andrew Bynum) barely paid him any mind. Bynum was the only Laker dialed in today – the Most Thought-filled player in a yellow uniform. Regardless of his 5-13 from the field for his 12 points, he had a career-high 23 rebounds, not to mention four blocks. He also played a team-high 38:40 minutes, but even despite the extended playing time, had the most energy on the team. If that knee bothered him on Sunday, he showed no signs of ill-effects tonight. The man had his arms outstretched, hands wide open and feet bounce-ready to grab every imaginable rebound available. Unfortunately, there was little help on the boards from the rest of the team.

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The (55-21) Los Angeles Lakers are back to work at Staples Center to host the (36-41) Utah Jazz. The 77th game of the season will be the last in the season-series while the Lakers are seeking to get back on track and start a new winning streak. The Lakers lead the Jazz in the series 2-1

The Lakers had not one but two scary moments in the loss to the Nuggets. Pau Gasol went down and Andrew Bynum left the game. Potential injuries to two of the most important knees in Purple and Gold were causes for concern.

Andrew Bynum stated that his knee is fine after his latest bout with ‘friendly fire’ and vowed to play tonight. Pau Gasol had a precautionary MRI, stated that he felt better on Monday than he did on Sunday. Gasol went through a full practice on Monday. He’s not missed a game all season.

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

Rundown

  • Denver Nuggets get the best of the Lakers
  • MRI Results come in for Pau Gasol
  • Kobe Bryant says, “Don’t baby Pau!”
  • POLL QUESTION: Do the Lakers really need to catch the Spurs?
  • Killer Bees get ejected vs Mavs
  • Matt Barnes explains why he pushed Terry
  • Kobe calls Fesenko a “Kitty Kat”
  • Lakers are making fun of Lamar
  • Stoudemire calls Pau Soft
  • Phil Irritated that Tex Winter just now got into HOF
  • Story time with Uncle Ron Artest
  • and Much MUCH More

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Here is an update, after Pau Gasol’s MRI today, courtesy Lakers.com

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who suffered an injury to his right knee in yesterday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, was examined today by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo. Results of an MRI revealed that Gasol has a bone bruise. His status is day-to-day.

In 76 games this year, Gasol is averaging 37.2 minutes, while putting up 18.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.

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The most anticipated Laker related reality show, that doesn’t take place on a basketball court, is upon us. Here are the opening titles and a sneak peak of the plenty talked about series.

Khloe & Lamar debuts April 10th on E!

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Tinsel Town? More like Turnover Town. After a 9-game winning streak, which included a triple overtime victory against Phoenix and a come-from-behind win against Utah, the Lakers post-All-Star break record is now 17-2. It’s nothing to scoff at, but with their exceptional play of late, and coming in today against a short-handed Denver team, the Lakers could have won this game easily if they weren’t so busy turning the ball over.

Nine turnovers in the first half, followed by 11 more in the second. 20 assists to 20 turnovers, which means that Andrew Bynum pass to Kobe Bryant for a layup, was later virtually negated when he threw away the ball on a bad pass; that Lamar Odom reverse layup from Steve Blake was later followed by his turn to throw a bad pass himself. All examples of carelessness that the Lakers couldn’t afford against a Denver team who has recently found their defense. And give Denver credit for their defense. They scarcely left a white uniform alone, often chasing down Kobe Bryant and forcing him into tough shots and pressuring the Lakers into numerous shot clock violations. The Nuggets’ first-round opponent – take heed. The D is back in Denver. It makes you wonder if Carmelo Anthony was stunting their ability to defend.

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The (55-20) Los Angeles Lakers will be in their white jerseys for a Sunday matinee at Staples Center hosting the (46-29) Denver Nuggets.

The red-hot Lakers, winners of nine straight games are looking to push their winning streak into double digits. They’re a league-best 17-1 since the All-Star break.

The Lakers and Nuggets have split the first two games of their three-game series. The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Nuggets. They’re 18-3 all-time against the Nuggets at the Staples Center, and 10-2 in their last 12.

The new-look Nuggets are on a five-game winning streak of their own. They’re 14-4 since the All-Star break. Since rhe Carmelo Anthony trade, the Nuggets are a faster team with depth at every position. They’re the top scoring team in the league averaging 107.5 points per game.

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Amar’e Stoudemire was asked by New York’s Hot 97 radio reporter Peter Rosenberg, what it was like playing against Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol, and if he considers him soft.

“He’s still soft, you know what I mean”, Amar’e said with a laugh. “He’s a good player, but he has help down there with Lamar Odom, (and) Andrew Bynum. Those 7-footers down there, so he has a supporting cast.” Stoudemire said.

This is not the first time Stoudemire has had harsh comments against a Lakers player. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last year, as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Stoudemire said this about Lamar Odom’s 19 points, and 19 rebounds in Game 1:

“I’m not giving him no hype right now; he had a lucky game in Game 1. We just got to make sure we box him out. I think I focused so much on [Pau] Gasol and [Andrew] Bynum to where he snuck in there and got 19 boards.”

Not much to make out of this, as the Lakers and Knicks do not play again this year. Also, the likelihood of the Knicks reaching the NBA finals are very slim, considering their lackluster play even with the addition of Carmelo Anthony. (Video of the recent comments from Amar’e after the jump)

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The creator of the triangle offense and long time assistant of Phil Jackson, Tex Winter, is reportedly about to enter basketball’s greatest shrine.

To say that Winter is long overdue for this accolade would be an extreme understatement. Even Kobe agrees, “I don’t know how he’s not in the Hall of Fame. That’s just disgraceful,” Bryant said in February. “He should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago.”

Phil Jackson said this about Winter, “For the first 20 years of basketball that he coached he was one of the top coaches ever in the game.”

It’s a well-deserved honor to one of basketball’s greatest guru’s in Tex Winter!

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Kyrylo Fesenko, center for the Utah Jazz, was involved in a couple of incidents with Kobe Bryant during the 96-85 Lakers win up in Utah.

The first was when Fesenko banged knees with Kobe Bryant at the top of the key, and the other, was a hard foul followed by Fesenko throwing the ball towards Bryant.

Pau Gasol had to restrain Bryant, as he began to charge Fesenko after the ball was thrown towards him.

Here is what Kobe had to say after the game, courtesy the O.C. Register

I asked Kobe Bryant what he initially thought when Bryant’s tender right knee took that hard knee from Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah’s fledgling 7-footer who started the game Friday night.

Bryant’s answer: “Kitty cats can’t hurt me.”

Bryant was asked by another reporter if the situation with Fesenko ignited the Lakers’ run.

Bryant’s answer: “Teddy bears don’t ignite me.”

Another reporter asked about it further, and Bryant cut it off, laughing. After he finished answering other questions, he laughed again and announced: “You guys asked me three questions on Fesenko. You’ve got to be (expletive) me!”

With the win on Friday night, the Lakers are 17-1 since the all-star break, and have won their last nine in a row. (Video after the jump)

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Nine wins in a row – finally! After two 8-game winning streaks, the Lakers finally broke free and snatched that ninth one from a Utah Jazz team who is still clearly trying to maneuver their way through this tumultuous season. With the nearly simultaneous exits of longtime coach, Jerry Sloan, and All-Star floor leader, Deron Williams, the Jazz have now gone 5-17 and, with this loss, can officially wave the white flag at their playoff hopes.

They had the Lakers on their heels tonight too, going up by as much as 17 points in the second quarter. C.J. Miles had 11 first quarter points and he finished with 24 on 8-16. Krylo Fresenko, starting at center, was rough-‘n-tumble with Andrew Bynum, allowing only 2 points and a single rebound for the Lakers center in 16 first-half minutes and Al Jefferson (17 points on 7-18, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) dominated Pau Gasol’s defensive efforts. The Jazz, for the game, actually outrebounded the Lakers 44-39, and with a small lead going into the second half, could have extended their advantage. Unfortunately, they were met with a very much awake Lakers team.

The third quarter, or the second half as a whole, was played by a completely different team. With a small hump to overcome, the Lakers chipped away at the lead by cranking up their defensive pressure and moving the ball to create better scoring opportunities.

A couple of threes from Derek Fisher, another by Ron Artest, a long two by Kobe Bryant, a dunk followed by a hook shot by Andrew Bynum, and suddenly the score was even. That was the beginning of the end for Utah.

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While pulling in 25.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in the month of March, Kobe Bryant managed to earn the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month. Kobe lead the Lakers to a 12-1 record on the month, inching them within just 2 ½ games of the Spurs for first place in the Western Conference — something that seemed out of reach during the All-Star break.

Kobe Bryant hit two milestones in March, including surpassing Moses Malone on the All-Star scoring list, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers’ all-time leader in games played.

Chicago Bulls’ Derek Rose earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month. The two Players of the Month appear to be battling for the 2010-2011 MVP award.

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The (54-20) Los Angeles Lakers beat down express has made a stop in Salt Lake City, Utah to increase the loss total of the (36-39) Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks left Los Angeles feeling as if they were on the TV show Punk’d. The only thing missing last night was hearing former Arizona Cardinals head coach screaming and I quote, “they are who we thought they were”.

In a hotly anticipated battle for playoff, positioning, the Lakers emphatically dominated the Dallas Mavericks, beating them by 28 points. The Mavericks took exception to the Lakers dismantling them when tempers flared and five players were ejected and three technical fouls were assessed.

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Matt Barnes has received a one-game suspension without pay for “escalating an on-court altercation and  actions following his ejection.”

It was widely speculated that Stu Jackson would take action.  Barnes will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit  the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

On the other side, there has been no suspensions handed out to any Mavericks players, including Jason Terry.

Here is a full statement from the league:

NEW YORK, April 1, 2011 – Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for escalating an on-court altercation and actions following his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 110-82 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on March 31. Barnes will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

Do you feel this suspension was warranted?

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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.