Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The (40-19) Lakers host the (21-37) Clippers in game three of the Hallway series between the co-tenants of the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin had the opportunity to talk, get to know each other over the summer. I have a feeling that Lamar Odom and Ron Artest feel a little differently. Let us not forget that in the last meeting, won by the Clippers 99-92, there was a heated confrontation.

After the dust up the officials ran Ron Artest, Baron Davis, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom.  The combination of Griffin and Gordon had a big hand in beating the Lakers on 1/16, but Gordon will not be in the lineup tonight. Granted the Clippers by virtue of a trade will have a completely different backcourt tonight.

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David Brickley, and Special Guest Kevin Figgers come to you after the craziest NBA Trade Deadline in recent memory! They are joined in studio by Vic “The Brick” Jacobs of Fox Sports Radio’s “Loose Cannons”.

Rundown

  • Lakers make no “Shake Up” to Roster
  • A rival signficantly changes their team
  • Around the NBA: Deals that the other teams made
  • IN STUDIO: Vic “The Brick” Jacobs (The Loose Cannons – Fox Sports Radio)
  • Kobe Bryant’s Turkish Airline’s commerical
  • Look ahead to Clippers Game

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  • AM570 KLAC
  • Turkish Airlines

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Oh curses, shmurses. That’s two in a row at the Rose Garden for the Lakers (including last season). Me thinks I feel the turning of the tide, and hopefully for good this time. This is how Champions pursue victory after all – by being patient yet persistent; cautious yet confident.

The Lakers could have taken their early 10-2 lead to start the game and run with it. Instead, they allowed the Blazers to go on a 9-0 run to take the lead; a lead that would jostle back and forth for much of the first quarter until the home team captured a lead that would last for the greater part of the game. But not even a double digit lead in the fourth quarter could force these Lakers to mail it in. That’s not how they operate, and thank goodness for that.

One reason for Portland’s success early in this game was Lamarcus Aldridge. In the first half alone he had already scored 18 of his 29 points on 8-10 from the field. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and had three steals. Whether guarded by Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum, Aldridge was in his own world, scoring from wherever, whenever and over whomever he pleased. Having taken on leadership responsibilities in place of the injured Brandon Roy, Aldridge’s play of late left everyone wondering why he wasn’t included on the All-Star team.

Playing just as well behind Aldridge were Nicolas Batum (22 points on 7-16, 4-9 from 3PT) and Wesley Matthews (22 points on 9-18). Unfortunately, other than these three Blazers, the home team didn’t get much from anyone else.

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The (39-19) Los Angeles Lakers are in Oregon for a back-to-back game against the (32-24) Portland Trailblazers.

The Lakers are an impressive 9-2 in back-to-back games. They started the second half of the season the right way by ending a three-game skid and beating the Atlanta Hawks by 24 points. They used a balanced offense and a stifling defense to destroy them.

The Lakers have a tough stretch of games to play in the next two weeks. In eight of the next 11 games, they face a playoff caliber opponent.

The Purple and Gold Clad Warriors showed the defensive intensity and offensive cohesion of a champion on Tuesday night. This is crunch time and they realize that fact and as well answered Kobe Bryant’s ‘role call’. It is imperative that they consistently play with the same type of effort and energy for the remainder of the season.

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Break’s over people. All-Star weekend has come and gone (as is Carmelo Anthony from Denver – FINALLY) and the post-season is clearer and closer than ever on the horizon. Forget the injuries. Forget the losing streaks. Forget the puzzling subpar play in the first 57 games. That three-peat is incumbent on what the Lakers do from here on out.

Before the game this evening, Assistant Coach Brian Shaw wrote, “Roll Call” on the locker room board; a way to ask the team, “Who’s in this to win this?” And based on tonight’s performance, they’re off to a good start.

Every Laker who got some floor time scored, from Pau Gasol who played over 33 minutes to Joe Smith who played just under six. The home team played defense from the first quarter until the buzzer sounded, refusing to take their collective foot off the gas, leading by 21 points at the half, then by 26 after the third en route to a 24-point victory. Atlanta shot just 34% after two quarters and 37% for the game. The Hawks managed to score just 54 points in the first three quarters.

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The (38-19) Los Angeles Lakers start the second half of the 2010-2011 season with back-to-back games; tonight hosting the (34-21) Atlanta Hawks.

The All-Star was played in Los Angeles and everyone should have known that the when star players gather the biggest star will shine the brightest in his house.

Kobe Bryant’s performance should serve notice to the non-believers that the Lakers are far from finished. The Lakers appeared to be on track starting the seven-game road trip solid with four wins before the bottom fell out. It is imperative that they put the previous three games out of their minds and redeem themselves.

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Lil Wayne, and Ice Cube have produced songs about the Lakers. But, Snoop Dogg and Game may have topped them with the newly released music video entitled “Purp & Yellow”, a remix to Wiz Khalifa’s hit song “Black and Yellow”

Current Lakers stars Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, and Shannon Brown all make appearances. You will also see Game smash a guitar, Rock & Roll style, in the video, but it didn’t come without injury. Game had to go to the hospital after he mangled himself when shards of the body shot back at his hand.

Not sure if tears factored into the making of this video, but we know blood and sweat did.

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The West would go up early, the East would climb back. Yet, the home team would hold off the surge 148 to 143.

You couldn’t ask for more in an All-Star game. Many highlights, insane dunks, and the best of the best showcasing their talents at Staples Center.

Kevin Durant showed why he is a superstar, Lebron James had a triple double, which puts him in the same breath as Michael Jordan. The only players in All-Star history to get a triple double.

One star shined brighter on Sunday evening, and that was the hometown hero. Kobe Bryant had 37 Points, 14 Rebounds, 3 Steals, and 3 Assist. He was awarded his 4th MVP to tie Bob Pettit with the most All-Star MVP’s in NBA History.

Host of the Voice of the Nation, David Brickley, recaps the big game on Sunday night, and plays you audio from the stars of stars, 4-TIme All-Star MVP Kobe Bryant.

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This season’s All-Stars were treated to a rock-‘n-roller’s welcome by Lenny Kravitz; each player’s name announced with a blare of electronic guitars and drums pounding in the background. After some opening words from the L.A. All-Stars Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Pau Gasol (said in both Spanish and in English), the NBA’s best took to the floor to put on an unforgettable show.

It’s usually a tough call, guessing which team is more stacked over the other. The East All-Stars were comprised mostly of veterans, with Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo making up the team’s youth. The West All-Stars were filled with young guns Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and rookie and Slam Dunk Champ, Blake Griffin. With a slew of future multiple All-Stars, the pace of this year’s game was a quick one, with the West scoring 37 points in the first quarter to the East’s 27. The second quarter put on another offensive display, with the West scoring 39 points and the East putting in 37.

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For your chance to win, predict the total number of points that Lakers All-Star’s Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol score during tonight’s game. (5pm PT on TNT). Leave your predictions in the comments section below anytime before tip-off. The closest answer will win!

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Good luck, and go Kobe and Pau!

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Join David Brickley, and Special Guest Kevin Figgers as they come to you LIVE after All-Star Saturday Night. A lot of Lakers news to get into, including the ugly end to the road trip, and a look ahead to the next 25 games.

Rundown

  • All-Star Saturday Night – Blake Steals the Show
  • Lakers End Road Trip Ugly
  • Ron Artest makes BIG mistake
  • Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol comments from All-Star Media Day
  • Kobe and Mitch Kupchak agree..Lakers have hit Rock Bottom
  • What it cost to party with Kobe
  • Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom turn down a business venture
  • Jerry West gets his statue in front of Staples
  • Injury Update: Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff
  • Around the NBA

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  • TNT – Turner Sports
  • NBA.com

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