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  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 103-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 103-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies

    The most important question after every game the Lakers play is this: What did they learn? This group has overachieved some to start the season, and with that comes the temptation to reset expectations. That’s not what the Lakers want. They want to keep their focus on development and on learning....

  • Depleted Lakers miss late opportunities in loss to Grizzlies, 103-100

    Depleted Lakers miss late opportunities in loss to Grizzlies, 103-100

    The Lakers closed out a bruising road trip with a dramatic loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, 103-100.  After a Memphis turnover in the waning seconds of the game, Julius Randle was fouled shooting a three-pointer with the Lakers down by three and 5.9 seconds left.  Randle missed all three free throws....

  • Luke Walton recalls his early coaching experience at Memphis with Tarik Black

    Luke Walton recalls his early coaching experience at Memphis with Tarik Black

    The city of Memphis played an important role in Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s path to coaching.  In 2011 Walton, then a Lakers forward, served as an assistant coach with the University of Memphis while the lockout that delayed the start of the 2011-12 NBA season was in effect. It was here he realized...

  • 'Very solid' Ingram a bright spot in Lakers' loss

    'Very solid' Ingram a bright spot in Lakers' loss

    If there’s a silver lining for the Lakers in their spate of injuries lately, it’s that it’s afforded rookie Brandon Ingram the opportunity for more experience. For the last two games, Ingram has started in place of shooting guard Nick Young, who is out because of a strained right calf muscle. He’s...

  • Lakers never recover after slow start and lose to the Raptors, 113-80

    Lakers never recover after slow start and lose to the Raptors, 113-80

    It took almost two minutes of playing time for the Toronto Raptors to score on Friday night, but their first bucket began an avalanche that buried the shorthanded Lakers. Toronto (13-6) won its fifth consecutive game, a 113-80 defeat of the Lakers (10-11). The Raptors made 75% of their second-quarter...

  • Letters: New or old, Rams don't look like winners

    Letters: New or old, Rams don't look like winners

    Are you kidding me that Bill Plaschke honestly thinks these aren’t the L.A. Rams? This is just a new version of the losers who left this city 22 years ago. The L.A. Rams never won anything and please don’t count that lone title in the ’50s; the NFL was a joke back then.  It’s the same old, same...

  • Lakers' Lou Williams has a knack for getting to the line

    Lakers' Lou Williams has a knack for getting to the line

    During his rookie year, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell took note of veteran guard Lou Williams’ most infuriating  and reliable skill.   That ability to get to the free-throw line, that skill that amused his teammates and frustrated opponents. So Russell studied film of Williams drawing fouls,...

  • Pelicans throttle the short-handed Lakers, 105-88

    Pelicans throttle the short-handed Lakers, 105-88

    Less than two minutes into the first game of the Lakers’ latest trip, they lost energetic shooting guard Nick Young to a strained right Achilles’ tendon. On whether that explained their lackluster first half or not, there was some dissent, but it undoubtedly complicated matters. The Lakers gave...

  • Lakers guard Lou Williams provides needed late-game scoring

    Lakers guard Lou Williams provides needed late-game scoring

    With two hurt starters and other players with nagging injuries, Lakers Coach Luke Walton has spent the last week pouring over each and every lineup that could help his team win games.  So when Walton made a joking suggestion as to how he may use Lou Williams on his team’s upcoming road trip, it...

  • Surprisingly even Lakers gear up for tough four-game trip

    Surprisingly even Lakers gear up for tough four-game trip

    There is no time during an NBA season to catch one’s breath, to appreciate the overachievement of one’s team, that it survived a brutal stretch of games with a difficult set of injuries, and emerged even. So the Lakers packed up after a Monday-morning practice for a trip that will include two sets...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks

    For many reasons, last week was difficult for the Lakers. They gave themselves an emotional boost with a win just before heading on the road for a four-game trip that includes a pair of back-to-backs. Here are five takeaways from their win over the Atlanta Hawks. 1. The Lakers missed Nick Young,...

  • Dwight Howard on being booed by Lakers fans: 'I closed my ears'

    Dwight Howard on being booed by Lakers fans: 'I closed my ears'

    From start to finish, Dwight Howard was passionately booed by the Staples Center crowd on Sunday night.  He was booed when announced as the Hawks’ starting center. He was booed when he touched the ball. He was booed when he scored. He was booed, extra loudly, when he shot free throws. He was booed...

  • Lakers' backup plan pans out in 109-94 victory over the Hawks

    Lakers' backup plan pans out in 109-94 victory over the Hawks

    In the locker room about 40 minutes after the Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 109-94, on Sunday night to sweep their season series, Jordan Clarkson was explaining his postgame fashion choice, a mustard-colored kilt, as Larry Nance Jr. stood beside him, chuckling.  Lou Williams held court across...

  • Nick Young returns, but D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle are still missing from Lakers' lineup

    Nick Young returns, but D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle are still missing from Lakers' lineup

    Nick Young returned to the Lakers’ starting lineup Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks, but the Lakers concluded their latest homestand still down two starters. Point guard D’Angelo Russell remained sidelined by a left knee injury and power forward Julius Randle missed his third straight game...

  • Lakers' Russell aims to be '100%' before returning to lineup

    Lakers' Russell aims to be '100%' before returning to lineup

    D’Angelo Russell wore sandals as he casually shot the ball on Saturday afternoon. While the rest of his team went through practice, Russell underwent treatment for an injured left knee that is expected to keep him out for at least another week and a half. On Wednesday, Russell had a platelet-rich...

  • Lakers center Tarik Black is offensive rebounding with the best of them

    Lakers center Tarik Black is offensive rebounding with the best of them

    Tarik Black likens offensive rebounding to gambling, and the Lakers coaching staff is allowing him to play his hand.  Black, in his third NBA season, is the anchor of a Lakers’ second unit that has been shaken by injuries the last two games. He stands 6 feet 9, which is small for a center who makes...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 109-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 109-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors

    The bizarreness of the situation wasn’t lost on the Lakers or the Warriors. These two teams have seen each other five times in the past two months, three times in the past three weeks and twice in the past two days. Luke Walton was asked whether he’d miss the Warriors, and he quickly said no. It...

  • Warriors pull away from Lakers and now have NBA's best record

    Warriors pull away from Lakers and now have NBA's best record

    The Lakers faced the Golden State Warriors for the third time in three weeks Friday — the second time in three days — and a less dramatic affair than either of the first two occurred, with neither team especially inspired.  Playing without three starters, some of the Lakers’ old demons returned...

  • Warriors' Draymond Green says he quickly learned Luke Walton was a go-to guy

    Warriors' Draymond Green says he quickly learned Luke Walton was a go-to guy

    When Draymond Green began working with Luke Walton, he knew right away Walton would be someone he could trust. “He understood what I was trying to do before I really knew what I was trying to do,” Green said. “He helped me out a lot. It was someone I could always talk to about anything. Luke would...

  • Julius Randle and Nick Young are doubtful for Lakers game against Warriors on Friday

    Julius Randle and Nick Young are doubtful for Lakers game against Warriors on Friday

    The Lakers could be down three starters when they host the Warriors at Staples Center on Friday night.  At shootaround Friday morning, Lakers Coach Luke Walton said both Julius Randle (hip pointer) and Nick Young (sprained toe) are doubtful for the 7:30 p.m. tip off.  Randle did not play in the...

  • Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram acquits himself well in first NBA start

    Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram acquits himself well in first NBA start

    Nothing was easy about Brandon Ingram’s first start. He guarded Kevin Durant. Draymond Green guarded him. The Lakers rookie found himself thrown into some of the toughest matchups in the league right away. It was a “welcome to the NBA” moment, certainly, but Ingram refused to frame it that way....

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 149-106 loss to the Warriors

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 149-106 loss to the Warriors

    What happened to the Lakers on Wednesday was fairly predictable and an interesting turn of fate. The first time these teams met, the Warriors were on the second end of home-road, back-to-back games after an emotional win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second time they met, the Lakers were...

  • Warriors avenge big loss to Lakers in equal fashion

    Warriors avenge big loss to Lakers in equal fashion

    In their first meeting this season, the Lakers didn’t just beat the Warriors, they dominated the Western Conference favorites. On Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors exacted revenge with a dazzling display that left even the opposing coach awestruck. The Lakers lost, 149-106, in a game...

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell expected to miss at least two weeks after treatment on knee

    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell expected to miss at least two weeks after treatment on knee

    Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is expected to miss at least two weeks after having a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday in his left knee. Russell missed two of the Lakers’ last three games with what the team termed a “sore knee.” He sat out Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. Two days...

  • Inside a game-winning play only Lakers guard Nick Young could pull off

    Inside a game-winning play only Lakers guard Nick Young could pull off

    Nick Young has spent all season shaking the labels that have followed him throughout a decade-long NBA career.  Gunner. Disinterested on defense. Not a team player.  Take the Lakers’ Tuesday night win over the Oklahoma City Thunder as an example of Young’s evolution. He matched up with Russell...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 111-109 win over the Thunder

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 111-109 win over the Thunder

    The Lakers (8-7) edged Russell Westbrook and the Thunder (8-7) in a wild 111-109 win at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. Below are five takeaways from the action:  1. A stolen moment Nick Young hit the game-winning shot with five seconds on the clock, but the play was drawn up for Lakers guard...

  • Six Lakers score in double figures in win over Thunder

    Six Lakers score in double figures in win over Thunder

    The final box score from the Lakers’ pulsating 111-109 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night shows Nick Young with zero steals. Don’t believe it. It’s a lie. Or, as Lakers Coach Luke Walton said, taking it one step further, “It’s absolute BS.” It doesn’t count as a steal when you swipe a...

  • Nick Young's three with five seconds left lifts Lakers past Thunder, 111-109

    Nick Young's three with five seconds left lifts Lakers past Thunder, 111-109

    As Russell Westbrook stepped to the free-throw line late in the first half, dozens of fans raised their phones to get a piece of the player who’s been setting defenses on fire so far this season.  The NBA’s most electrifying show stopped by the Staples Center on Tuesday night, but it didn’t end...

  • Lakers' Russell to sit out against Thunder and Warriors

    Lakers' Russell to sit out against Thunder and Warriors

    D’Angelo Russell sat out Tuesday night’s game against Oklahoma City because of persistent soreness in his left knee, and the Lakers point guard will not travel with the team for Wednesday night’s game at Golden State. Russell, who is averaging 16.1 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game, also...

  • The Lakers' poor defensive start is part of the process

    The Lakers' poor defensive start is part of the process

    From the start of the preseason, Lakers Coach Luke Walton made it clear that his young team will take incremental steps in the right direction.  Walton’s measured approach has not wavered through 14 games, and what promises to be a drawn-out learning process has been most visible on the defensive...

  • Up next for Lakers: at Golden State on Wednesday

    Up next for Lakers: at Golden State on Wednesday

    UP NEXT LAKERS AT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. PST. Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland. On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 7-7 (entering Tuesday); Warriors 12-2. Record vs. Warriors: 1-0. Update: The Lakers played their best game...

  • Lakers unsure of D'Angelo Russell's status for game against Thunder

    Lakers unsure of D'Angelo Russell's status for game against Thunder

    Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell did not practice Monday because of a sore left knee. Coach Luke Walton said Russell reported his knee felt the same as it did Sunday, when he played 22 minutes in the Lakers’ 118-110 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers kept him out of practice as a precaution....

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 118-110 loss to the Bulls

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 118-110 loss to the Bulls

    Simply glancing at the numbers from Sunday night’s game would lead one to believe that the Lakers had no business being as close to the Bulls as they were at the end of the game. They showed their late-game fight again Sunday by threatening in the fourth quarter. We’ll start there in today’s five...

  • Lakers can’t stop Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and can’t stop fouling either

    Lakers can’t stop Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and can’t stop fouling either

    When a star sets his mind to something in the NBA, that star will often get what he wants.  Before the Lakers’ 118-110 loss to the Chicago Bulls even began, Jimmy Butler told Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg that he planned to score 40 points.  Butler, who has scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive...

  • D'Angelo Russell returns against Bulls

    D'Angelo Russell returns against Bulls

    Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell returned to the team and to the Lakers starting lineup Sunday night against the Chicago Bulls.  Russell missed the Lakers’ Friday night loss to the San Antonio Spurs because of a sore left knee. He tested the knee before the game and agreed with the team’s medical...

  • Lakers try to rally late but Jimmy Butler carries the Bulls to a 118-110 victory

    Lakers try to rally late but Jimmy Butler carries the Bulls to a 118-110 victory

    The Bulls were coming off a hard-fought loss to the Clippers on Saturday and playing without Dwyane Wade. But the Lakers were lethargic until the last two minutes, which led to Chicago taking a 118-110 victory at the Staples Center on Sunday night. Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 40 points, and...

  • Lakers' Luol Deng helped shape the Bulls' Jimmy Butler into the player he is today, and now they'll face each other

    Lakers' Luol Deng helped shape the Bulls' Jimmy Butler into the player he is today, and now they'll face each other

    As a rookie in 2011, Jimmy Butler quickly latched onto Luol Deng’s routine. Deng was the Chicago Bulls’ veteran small forward, the player Butler would one day replace. At the time, though, neither man was thinking like that. Butler had simply heard Deng had a habit of shooting each evening, so...

  • Do the Lakers have the NBA's best bench lineup in the early going?

    Do the Lakers have the NBA's best bench lineup in the early going?

    Since the preseason, Lakers Coach Luke Walton has done all he can to keep his five-man bench unit together.  He won’t break up Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Tarik Black. Not even when his starters miss games, as starting point guard D’Angelo Russell did in the...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' loss to the Spurs

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' loss to the Spurs

    As he walked away from the postgame media scrum on Friday, guard Jordan Clarkson was reminded that, after playing the San Antonio Spurs, the difficult stretch of the Lakers’ schedule would continue. The Lakers will play the Chicago Bulls, who are 8-4 and have won their last four games, on Sunday...

  • Lakers keep up with Spurs, but just can't beat San Antonio's veteran experience

    Lakers keep up with Spurs, but just can't beat San Antonio's veteran experience

    From a vastly more experienced team, the Lakers got a lesson on Friday night at Staples Center.  If you aren’t perfect against the veteran San Antonio Spurs, they will make you pay.  “They’re smart, they’re talented, they’re well coached,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said after the Spurs’ 116-107...

  • Knee injury keeps Lakers' D'Angelo Russell out against Spurs

    Knee injury keeps Lakers' D'Angelo Russell out against Spurs

    Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell missed Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs because of a sore knee. Russell had been playing with the injury, the Lakers said, but couldn’t continue to do so Friday. He will be evaluated again to determine his status for Sunday’s home game against the...

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