Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The (47-20) Los Angeles Lakers will be back at Staples Center tonight to start a 7-game home stand, their longest of the season, hosting the (42-25) Orlando Magic. The Magic are in second place in the Southeast division in the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers successfully completed their four game road trip winning three of four but coming very close to sweeping the road trip.

After Kobe Bryant spraining his ankle in the third quarter of the Mavericks game, he’s availability will be a game time decision. He’s averaged 30 points in the last 11 meetings with the Orlando Magic, including the playoffs.

In the event Kobe Bryant will not be able to play tonight, hopefully, playing at the Staples Center will soften the blow to the team. The Lakers host the Timberwolves on Friday night, giving Kobe time to rest and recuperate. They’re currently in playoff mode and have posted a 22-8 record at home this season.

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The Mavericks (47-19) are now only one game up in the loss column to the Lakers (47-20)

It was indeed an impressive victory, and one that was nice to get as LA vies for home court advantage against everybody in the NBA, except the Spurs.

Bynum led the Lakers with 22 points, and 15 rebounds, continuing his dominance after the all-star break. The Lakers allowed Dallas to stick around by missing 10 free-throws, and allowing 15 offensive rebounds.

However, the big story of the game, was when a sense of panic set in, for any Lakers fan watching the game, as Kobe Bryant went down in the 3rd quarter.

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The (46-20) Los Angeles Lakers are in the state of Texas to face the (47-18) Dallas Mavericks.

Untimely mistakes, being out-rebounded and equally uncharacteristic watching the Lakers big men not play big for the first time in two weeks and not executing down the stretch led to the end of the Lakers eight-game winning streak. As disappointing as the outcome of the Miami game was, all of the mishaps are easily correctable items.

The Lakers are well aware of the fact that they let another winnable game go into the loss column.

The 67th game of the year gives an angry Lakers team an opportunity to start another winning streak, win an important Western Conference game as well as cut the lead the Mavericks have over them to a half a game for the second best record in the West.

The Lakers lost the previous game against the Mavericks on 1/19/11 109-100. The Mavericks have won the last two games against the Purple and Gold after losing eight of the previous nine.

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PHOTO: Arash Markazi

Throughout his career, Kobe Bryant’s dedication has been the essence of his game. So it shouldn’t surprise you that following tonight’s crushing loss to the Miami Heat, Kobe grabbed 3 ball boys and began a shooting spree in American Airlines Arena. Seemingly, the goal on this practice is to hit 25 shots from different areas of the court – midrange, free throw and 3-point.

CBS Sports: More than an hour after the Lakers lost a grueling game to the Heat 94-88 in which Kobe missed his last three shots and had two turnovers in the final three minutes, he took back to the court to get some work in.

It’s the reason he is who he is. Obsessive about his game, to the point of near compulsion. The Lakers aren’t flying out to Dallas until Friday morning, so it presented Bryant a rare opportunity to go back to work. And as we know how Kobe is, he’s not going to miss the chance.

When the dust settles on Kobe Bryant’s career and his dedication to winning is mentioned, people can look back and point to instances like this. You can catch a video of Kobe’s postgame Miami practice, courtesy of Arash Markazi.

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To commemorate the NBA’s Noche Latina, let’s begin the post-game report with this…

No bueno, Lakers. No bueno.

They say a desperate team is a dangerous team and unfortunately, Miami was more desperate to win this game then the Lakers were not to lose it. There’s no telling who those guys were dressed in white, purple and gold, but they surely were not the team that ran off eight wins in a row before tonight.

That looked like Andrew Bynum in there, but with just one rebound before half-time, that couldn’t possibly have been him. The Bynum we’ve all praised during the winning streak for being a beast on the boards and a protector in the paint was certainly not the same man who had to be reminded before the third quarter by the coaching staff to START REBOUNDING. He grabbed 11 more boards in the second half, and scored 13 points on 4-5 from the field and 5-6 from the line, but he was more aggressive and engaged against a defenseless Hawks team on Tuesday than he was against a Miami Heat team riding a 5-game losing streak.

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The (46-19) Los Angeles Lakers have taken their talents to South Beach to do battle with the suddenly collapsing (43-21) Miami Heat while the Heat appear to be surprised that they’re playing under a microscope.

The Lakers bring with them the proven ability to win under pressure as well as the revenge factor. They have not forgotten about the Christmas Day debacle and the squad is ready to return the favor at American Airlines Arena tonight.

The Heat are looking at this game as the perfect opportunity to right the ship. They’re viewing this game as a chance to get back on track. The Lakers have an opportunity to send a message to the Miami Heat that you are ‘not ready’. Prove to the Heat that they do not have the size or length to win four games out of seven against them.

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Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, said that some of the Heat players were crying in the locker room after their 4th straight loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls. Spoelstra, then wondered why the media was making such a big deal out of it, saying that the story was “sensationalized”, he then referred to the media coverage as “Cry-Gate”.

After Spoelstra’s initial comments, Ron Artest, who was on the set of NBA TV, was asked what he thought of players in the Miami Heat locker room crying after a regular season loss to the Chicago Bulls.

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There were M-V-P chants for Kobe Bryant at the free throw line. There were cheers when Andrew Bynum rebounded a miss and dunked it in. Clumps of people dressed in purple and gold stood and applauded as the clock ran out and the Lakers collected their eighth victory in a row. Staples Center, is that you?

Nope – the Lakers were on the road in Atlanta to pick up where they left off the last time these two teams met. It seems like ages ago, but in their first game after the All-Star break, the defending champs pummeled over the Hawks in a 24-point victory at home. Tonight, they led by as much as 22 points and, despite a moment of slippage in the fourth quarter, went on to win by 14.

Kobe Bryant, continuing to climb the ladder of greatness with no end in sight, passed the legendary Moses Malone to take over the sixth spot on the NBA all-time scoring list. Bryant scored just 4 points in the first quarter en route to a 26 point, 6 rebound, 4 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover and zero fouls kind of game. There were no one-on-one battles that took the rest of the team out of the offense; no strange shot selection or defensive lapses on the Laker co-captain’s part. He, like the team, is being aggressive without being careless and it’s paying off in bunches.

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

Rundown

  • Lakers 8-0 after break with win over Atlanta Hawks
  • Kobe Bryant’s thoughts on passing Moses Malone for 6th All-Time
  • Has Andrew Bynum finally matured
  • What Lamar Odom and Charlie Sheen have in Common
  • Who’s the better singer Ron Artest, or Kim Kardashian?
  • Around the NBA
  • Miami’s Cry-Gate
  • Ron Artest explains why Lakers fans were restlesss during losing streak
  • and Much MUCH More

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As he continues to move up the ladder, Kobe Bryant has now surpassed NBA legend Moses Malone for 6th on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list. Next up, Shaquille O’Neal.

Player G FG FT PPG PTS
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1,560 15,837 6,712 24.6 38,387
2. Karl Malone 1,476 13,528 9,787 25.0 36,928
3. Michael Jordan 1,072 12,192 7,327 30.1 32,292
4. Wilt Chamberlain 1,045 12,681 6,057 30.1 31,419
5. Shaquille O’Neal 1,206 11,327 5,935 23.7 28,590
6. Kobe Bryant 1,086 9,558 6,917 25.3 27,423
7. Moses Malone 1,329 9,435 8,531 20.6 27,409

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The (45-19) Los Angeles Lakers are in the state of Georgia to face the re-tooled (37-26) Atlanta Hawks.

The Lakers proved to the Spurs and the entire NBA that after all of the chatter in league circles that the defending champion still resides in Los Angeles. They played their best basketball of the season and dispatched the Spurs early.

Sunday’s game was a must-win game for them by demolishing them and snapping their 22-game home winning streak and the Purple & Gold showed that they’re ready and willing to meet to challenge. They topped the Spurs in every way possible and the final score was not indicative of the beat down that they administered.

The Lakers seven-game win streak started with them emphatically destroying the Atlanta Hawks. The irony is that the Hawks will contribute twice to the Lakers eight-game and counting winning streak.

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Phil Jackson called the Lakers’ current 4-game road odyssey a “make-or-break” trip, and they start it off in grand fashion defeating the San Antonio Spurs 99-83.

G-Small breaks down the trip, a more influential Andrew Bynum, and the Lakers possible playoff seeding.

Paul Pierce and Tyron Lue of the Celtics also stop by to talk Lakers and the rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

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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.