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Big lead, shmig lead – the Lakers won, didn’t they?

Despite their losing record (12-24 after tonight’s game), the Sacramento Kings are a young, energetic team teamed up with a handful of veterans. It’s a group filled with a lot of talent, and today, they gave the Lakers everything they had, forcing the home team to work until the very end. Seven Kings’ players scored in double figures and they played a clean game, giving away the ball on only five occasions. But it wasn’t enough.

The Lakers led by 20 points with 11:45 minutes left in the final quarter, but a slew of turnovers and one empty possession after another by the reserves, fueled an 11-5 point run by the Kings who refused to let up. With 7:44 minutes on the clock and the huge lead down to just nine points, the starters returned to the floor to finish, led by the Masked Mamba.

The Lakers’ big three were, as usual, huge, but they got help from Derek Fisher and Metta World Peace down the stretch. Both hit key shots to make up for the Kings’ early fourth quarter run.

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It is March 2, 2012 and the (21-14) Los Angeles Lakers are facing the (12-23) Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center. There were actually doubts that Kobe Bryant would play against Minnesota. Kobe Bryant donned a mask, and then proceeded to drop 31-points on the T-wolves and lead the Lakers to victory. It is safe to assume if a broken nose and a concussion will not stop Kobe Bryant neither will the Sacramento Kings. Bryant averages 31-points per game against the Kings.

The Lakers trail the current season series (0-1) against the Kings after winning the last two years worth of season series (3-1 in 2010-2011 & 4-0 in 2009-2010). The Lakers are 16-8 all-time against the Kings at the Staples Center, 7-3 in their last 10 home games.  In the state capitol, the Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games at Power Balance Pavilion. The Lakers lost on December 26, 2011 to the Kings (100-91) in the second game of the year.

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Voice of the Nation hosts, David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers discuss the Lakers top story-lines of the 2011-12 NBA Season.

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  • Kobe Bryant received a hard foul from Dwayne Wade in the All-Star Game. The foul ended up giving Kobe a nasal fracture, and a mild concussion.

Question of the Show: Was Wade’s All-Star Game Foul on Kobe a Big Deal?

Videographer: Ryan King

Watch the foul again…

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Voice of the Nation hosts, David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers discuss the Lakers top story-lines of the 2011-12 NBA Season.

Rundown

  • Andrew Bynum had lubrication shot into his right knee during the All-Star break. However, many wonder if the procedure was done because of an injury against the OKC Thunder.

Question of the Show: Was Bynum’s Knee Procedure Pre-Scheduled?

Videographer: Ryan King

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Well, of course Kobe Bryant played tonight. Of course he passed every test to assure his condition post-concussion was game ready. Of course he wore the mask when he was on the floor. And of course he scored 31 points and the Lakers won. Was there any doubt as to the outcome of this game, really?

The Minnesota Timberwolves may have defeated the Clippers on their first game of this Staples Center back-to-back, but the Lakers have beaten them 16 times in a row going into tonight’s contest, and now that streak is up to 17. Playing without the services of All-Star Weekend’s Three-point Shootout champion, Kevin Love, the Wolves were 24 points and 14 rebounds short, which is a notable deficiency against the Lakers’ and their home court dominance.

And they were dominant…because they were aggressive and because they played intelligently. In any competition, that’s truly the only way to go if you want to, you know, win. After going through the first half of the season trying to figure themselves out when they hit the hardwood, the Lakers need to take note of what they did well in these types of victories.

Tonight, their ball movement was purposeful and plentiful, which made their offense simple and fruitful. Their defense was active and suffocating. Their energy, most of all, was there from tip-off to the final buzzer. To rack up more wins, rinse and repeat.

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According to Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy, the Lakers ongoing pursuit of depth continues — next up, Kirk Hinrich.

Kirk Hinrich’s been a name floating around for years, it would be interesting to see if L.A. finally pulls the trigger.

We’ll keep you updated.

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It’s February 29, 2012 and the (20-14) Los Angeles Lakers start the second half of the season by hosting the (18-17) Minnesota Timberwolves. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points in the All-Star game and passed Michael Jordan to become the leading scorer in All-Star game history with 271 points.

Bryant was the recipient of a blatant cheap shot foul by Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, which resulted in a broken nose and a concussion in the annual All-Star exhibition game. Arguably, the first time one all-star fouled another drawing blood in an exhibition game.

Leading to the obvious question, what was the intent of the flagrant foul? Is it time for Coach Mike Brown to dust off Ron-Ron when the Lakers host the Heat on Sunday March 4?

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A big show – that’s what All-Star Weekend usually is. Yes, there is a game to be played, yes, a collection of the league’s best players are in the same arena to go head-to-head, and yes, it’s a three-day event that entertains. It also signals a break in the NBA schedule – a short hiatus, if you will. But in this abbreviated regular season, mired by the effects of a long lockout, this All-Star Weekend provided something more than entertainment. It provided some hope for the NBA’s millions of fans.

Charles Barkley has shared more than a few words in the past month, apologizing to the fans for the poor quality of play this season. It’s true that the long lockout called for a short pre-season, not to mention the elimination of training camp altogether. Many players came in with little to no conditioning and teams had little to no time to create and master chemistry among new teammates, new coaching staffs. But this show, this event in Orlando – with the best in the league, presented nothing less than their best quality work.

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The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend has arrived and we’ll be keeping you updated!

Make sure to check the site throughout the weekend and keep up with our Laker Nation team on Twitter for around the weekend thoughts and updates.








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According to CSN New England, Rasheed Wallace plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers:

CSNNE.com has learned that the former Boston Celtic forward plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wallace hasn’t played in an NBA game since Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, alerting the C’s shortly before the game that he planned to retire.

His addition will likely fuel rumors that the Lakers will become even more aggressive in their decision to trade away Pau Gasol.

Wallace, 37,  has career averages of 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.

Back on January 31st, Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports reported that if the Lakers did not land Kenyon Martin they could be interested in Rasheed Wallace.

A league source also told Yahoo! that Wallace reached out to the Lakers earlier this season.

 

 

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In their last two visits to Oklahoma City, the veteran Lakers defeated the young Thunder and the player formerly known as Ron Artest was Kevin Durant’s worst nightmare. Funny thing about the young, though – they grow up. And these Thunder, they’ve grown up. Like GROWN UP – individually, as a team – they’re the real deal, and after having to listen to the entire league sing their praises, the Lakers finally saw it for themselves. If it was anything but a wake-up call for the purple and gold, I’d be surprised.

The Lakers used to be this Thunder team – the group of talented players who played like they had something to prove; a team who played TOGETHER because they had a common purpose. Teams used to hate playing the Lakers too, but this is a new season and neither team is the same group who met in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs; the round where the Lakers eliminated OKC, the year the Lakers won the second of back-to-back NBA Championships. Based on this game alone, the team prepared to make a run for that title wasn’t the one on the visitors’ bench.

No excuses, but the Lakers’ fourth game in five days against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the day after playing the Dallas Mavericks? What did we expect? As spectacularly good as this Thunder team is this season, if the Lakers played with the energy, passion and efficiency (minus the missed free throws of course) with which they played in Dallas, this game would have been a lot harder to call. But after holding OKC to just 19 points on 37% shooting in the first quarter, the Lakers skidded the rest of the way.

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Voice of the Nation hosts, David Brickley, and Kevin Figgers discuss the Lakers top story-lines of the 2011-12 NBA Season.

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  • Are the Lakers being ruined by Jim Buss?

Question of the Show: What are your thoughts on Jim Buss?

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