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Preview: Lakers visit Cleveland Cavaliers before All-Star break

While the Lakers have lost two straight, they've been competitive in defeat to the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers. On Wednesday, the Lakers (11-43) will play one final game before the All-Star break, visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers (37-14). Cleveland has won two in a row, slowly adjusting...

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  • Preview: Lakers hope to continue improved play in Indiana vs. Pacers

    Preview: Lakers hope to continue improved play in Indiana vs. Pacers

    Last week, the Lakers (11-42) won two straight before falling in a close game against the Spurs (43-8) in San Antonio. On Monday, the Lakers look to avoid another losing streak, visiting the Indiana Pacers (27-24). The Lakers should have Kobe Bryant (shoulder) available for his final career appearance...

  • Lakers: Predictions for Week 16

    Lakers: Predictions for Week 16

    The Lakers won two of three games through Week 15, finally reaching double-digits in the win column at 11-42. They'll play just two games in Week 16, visiting the Indiana Pacers (27-24) and Cleveland Cavaliers (36-14). Monday at Indiana Pacers Retiring veteran guard Kobe Bryant will make his final...

  • Lakers Week 15 in review: Kobe Bryant returns to form

    Lakers Week 15 in review: Kobe Bryant returns to form

    The Lakers entered Week 15 with 10 straight losses, in danger of setting a franchise record with an 11th. Coach Byron Scott said the team acts like they're "strangers" on the court, and that he won't ease up on the Lakers' youngsters. On Tuesday, the team rallied behind 38 points from Kobe Bryant,...

  • Lakers, among NBA cellar-dwellers, have 19.9% chance of winning the lottery

    Lakers, among NBA cellar-dwellers, have 19.9% chance of winning the lottery

    There was a very important game for Lakers fans over the weekend. Oklahoma City vs. Golden State? No. Lakers vs. San Antonio? Getting closer. The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets in a showdown of two fellow cellar-dwellers, a game with lottery intrigue for many Lakers followers. With fewer...

  • Kobe Bryant looks great in tribute video but not on court as Lakers lose his final game at San Antonio

    Kobe Bryant looks great in tribute video but not on court as Lakers lose his final game at San Antonio

    The Kobe Bryant tribute video lasted 2 minutes 29 seconds, a sharply produced compilation with kind words from San Antonio players and Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Bryant's shot was neither sharp nor kind and they lost a relatively entertaining game to the Spurs on...

  • Kobe Bryant's final game in San Antonio with the Lakers brings the memories flooding back

    Kobe Bryant's final game in San Antonio with the Lakers brings the memories flooding back

    The road games are dwindling for Kobe Bryant, only 13 left before his 20-year career ends. This might be the most meaningful one remaining. The Lakers play at San Antonio on Saturday, the home of the eternally marked "0.4" shot and also the start of the Lakers' colossal playoff failure in 1999....

  • Kobe Bryant steals the show again in Lakers' win over the Pelicans

    Kobe Bryant steals the show again in Lakers' win over the Pelicans

    It was a fun day with plenty of parades, sunshine and good times during Mardi Gras. The French Quarter was happily rolling toward Fat Tuesday, the locals and tourists ready for a weekend of gumbo, hurricane drinks and everything in between. Only in a little corner of the city was there a lack of...

  • Lakers' Jordan Clarkson adds skills challenge to his All-Star weekend schedule

    Lakers' Jordan Clarkson adds skills challenge to his All-Star weekend schedule

    Jordan Clarkson's All-Star weekend keeps getting busier. The NBA added more tasks to his schedule, making him part of the eight-player skills challenge next Saturday in Toronto. The league announced last week that Clarkson would take part in the rising stars challenge next Friday, a game that includes...

  • Lakers hold off Pelicans for second consecutive victory

    Lakers hold off Pelicans for second consecutive victory

    The Lakers won their second conseuctive game, defeating the Pelicans, 99-96, in New Orleans on Thursday night. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points and 12 rebounds, making three three-point shots in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers hold off a desperate New Orleans squad. Anthony Davis...

  • Jordan Clarkson to participate in All-Star skills challenge

    Jordan Clarkson to participate in All-Star skills challenge

    Jordan Clarkson will represent the Lakers in the NBA's All-Star skills challenge in Toronto. The Lakers' second-year guard will be joined by DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves),...

  • Preview: Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

    Preview: Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

    The Lakers (10-41) ended a 10-game losing streak with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-36) on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Lakers have a chance to build a winning streak, visiting the New Orleans Pelicans (18-30).  The Pelicans played Wednesday, falling in San Antonio to the Spurs (41-8)....

  • Lakers Coach Byron Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe Bryant performance the day after

    Lakers Coach Byron Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe Bryant performance the day after

    Lakers Coach Byron Scott said he didn't get caught up in Kobe Bryant's vintage performance Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After all, the Lakers were trying to avoid setting a franchise record for consecutive losses and had already blown an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before salvaging...

  • Despite criticism, Byron Scott says he won't ease up on Lakers' youngsters

    Despite criticism, Byron Scott says he won't ease up on Lakers' youngsters

    Byron Scott hears the critics. Does he ever. They don't overtly chant the good name of Phil Jackson at home games, perhaps too polite to castigate one of their own. Scott, who is coaching the Lakers after starring on their "Showtime" teams, is tantamount to family after all. But the boos have started...

  • Byron Scott: Lakers act like they're 'strangers' on the court

    Byron Scott: Lakers act like they're 'strangers' on the court

    Lakers Coach Byron Scott agreed with rookie D'Angelo Russell's assessment that the Lakers need to work on communication. After the Lakers' 10th loss in a row on Sunday night, Russell said the Lakers might communicate in practice, but it doesn't translate to the game. "I don't know how you get it...

  • The Lakers sign Make-A-Wish recipient Yitzi Teichman for one night, giving them a win

    The Lakers sign Make-A-Wish recipient Yitzi Teichman for one night, giving them a win

    As the team lost its 10th straight game, falling to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night, one member of the Lakers was all smiles. Yitzi Teichman, ceremonially signed to a one-day contract before the game, left the Lakers' locker room with a bag full of his teammates' sneakers, and an ear-to-ear...

  • Julius Randle on loss to Hornets: 'We let them do whatever they wanted'

    Julius Randle on loss to Hornets: 'We let them do whatever they wanted'

    The Lakers were beaten soundly by the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night, losing their 10th game in a row, 101-82. Second-year forward Julius Randle didn't pull any punches on his team's poor performance. "They just played harder than us," Randle said of the Hornets. "They came in today with a better...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 101-82 loss to the Charlotte Hornets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 101-82 loss to the Charlotte Hornets

    The Lakers (9-41) lost their 10th straight game Sunday, falling to the Charlotte Hornets (23-25). Here are five takeaways from the 101-82 loss at Staples Center. 1. The Hornets dominated the boards, finishing with a 59-42 rebounding advantage over the Lakers. Charlotte collected 14 rebounds to...

  • Lakers keep putting the 'L' in L.A., losing their 10th in a row to tie franchise record

    Lakers keep putting the 'L' in L.A., losing their 10th in a row to tie franchise record

    New low for the Lakers this season — an imperfect 10. They tied the franchise record for consecutive losses when they fell to the Charlotte Hornets, 101-82, amid boos and groans Sunday night at Staples Center. All that stands between them and infamy is Tuesday's home game against Minnesota. Kobe...

  • Happy memories of Marge Hearn, 'first lady of the Lakers'

    Happy memories of Marge Hearn, 'first lady of the Lakers'

    Stu Lantz still carries the press pass, tucked safely in his wallet, wherever he goes. It has Chick Hearn's name and smiling face on it, and was given to the Lakers TV analyst after the team's play-by-play announcer died in 2002. The press pass was in a box of Hearn's belongings that his wife,...

  • Preview: Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets visit the Lakers today

    Preview: Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets visit the Lakers today

    Former Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin will return on Sunday, as the Charlotte Hornets (22-25) visit the Lakers (9-40) at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant's status (sore shoulder) remains unclear. The all-star guard sat out on Friday when the Lakers hosted the Clippers. Rookie forward Larry Nance Jr....

  • Tarik Black helps the D-Fenders improve to 15-14

    Tarik Black helps the D-Fenders improve to 15-14

    Lakers forward/center Tarik Black helped the D-Fenders (15-14) defeat the Oklahoma City Blue (10-20) on Saturday, scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds on assignment in the NBA Development League. Through eight appearances with the D-Fenders, Black has averaged 16.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks,...

  • Clippers' Lance Stephenson picks up his game with Paul Pierce resting

    Clippers' Lance Stephenson picks up his game with Paul Pierce resting

    DeAndre Jordan liked what he saw as he walked into the interview room late Friday night. "Born Ready!" Jordan yelled, acknowledging the nickname of the Clippers teammate situating himself behind a table to take questions. "Hey, what's up?" Lance Stephenson responded earnestly. Fun is usually involved...

  • Clippers' Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin feels awful about Toronto incident

    Clippers' Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin feels awful about Toronto incident

    The only sign of Blake Griffin at tipoff Friday night was a massive banner of the power forward far above the Staples Center court, his mouth agape and his arm muscles rippling. Looming much larger over the Clippers was continuing uncertainty about when they might see the real-life version back...

  • No Blake Griffin sighting at tonight's Clippers game

    No Blake Griffin sighting at tonight's Clippers game

    There won’t be any Blake Griffin sighting at tonight’s Clippers-Lakers game. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Griffin was not here so that his team could focus on playing the Lakers. Another no-show here is Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, Rivers said. Last weekend Griffin suffered...

  • Preview: Lakers, without Kobe Bryant, visit a Clippers team adjusting to Blake Griffin news

    Preview: Lakers, without Kobe Bryant, visit a Clippers team adjusting to Blake Griffin news

    The Lakers (9-39) will play their second game in as many nights, visiting the Clippers (30-16) at Staples Center on Friday night. The Clippers are reeling after forward Blake Griffin broke his hand in a brawl with the team's assistant equipment manager.  Still, the team has fared with Griffin already...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 114-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 114-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls

    The Lakers (9-39) lost their eighth straight game, falling to the Chicago Bulls (26-19) on Thursday night. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 114-91 defeat at Staples Center. 1. Coach Byron Scott was not happy with his team's effort, given they were down big early and never quite made a charge...

  • Game against Lakers could allow Clippers to exhale amid Blake Griffin mess

    Game against Lakers could allow Clippers to exhale amid Blake Griffin mess

    It could be worse. The Clippers could be playing a team with a better record than 30 games below .500. They get the Lakers on Friday at Staples Center, which is as close to a breather as the NBA schedule allows. It comes at a time when the Clippers need to exhale. They have dealt with the breathless...

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