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Ed Davis a bright spot for Lakers early in season

The Lakers are off to an 0-2 start while getting outscored by 19 points a night.

One of the few bright spots has been the play of forward-center Ed Davis, who is averaging 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocked shots and 1.5 steals in 27.1 minutes a game.

Davis was initially charged with playing backup center to Jordan Hill, but the season-ending injury to rookie power forward Julius Randle (broken leg) will give Davis more time at power forward.

Starting power forward Carlos Boozer has averaged fewer minutes (25.3) than Davis while averaging 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and a steal.

In Wednesday's 119-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Boozer had a difficult time, turning the ball over eight times.  Through the two losses, Boozer has yet to block a shot and has shot 47.4% from the field.

Meanwhile Davis has shot 64.7% from the field and does not have a turnover.

Davis has also gotten more minutes a game than Hill (24.4), who is averaging 6.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with a single block in two...

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Five takeaways from Lakers' 119-99 loss to Phoenix

The second game of the Lakers’ new season was a lot like the first. Here are five takeaways from the 119-99 loss Wednesday in Phoenix.

1) Who’s No. 2? Kobe Bryant had an admirable 31 points, but the Lakers desperately need a second option on offense. Carlos Boozer had 17 points in the opener but only four against Phoenix. Jeremy Lin has 13 points and seven assists in two games. Bryant can’t do this by himself.

2) The Lakers lived and died by the three-point shot last season. Now they just die by it. Houston and Phoenix combined to make 28 of 61, a commendable 45.9%. The Lakers are a not-so-commendable seven for 23 so far (30.4%).

3) Unless Lin gets hot, the long-distance shooting might not improve until at least next week, when stretch forward Ryan Kelly is expected to return from two hamstring injuries. Nick Young has pledged to take eight three-point shots a game, and make five, when he returns in a month from a torn thumb ligament.

4) Boozer somehow had eight turnovers. Eight...

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Lakers are done before fourth quarter in 119-99 loss to Suns

Suns 119, Lakers 99

The Lakers fell to 0-2 on the season, losing their second game in as many nights in Phoenix to the Suns (1-0).

Phoenix jumped out to an early lead, scoring 33 points in the first quarter.  The Lakers responded with a strong second quarter with 31 points, but fell apart in the third by yielding 39 to the Suns.

The game was all but over before the fourth quarter began.

Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 31 points in 28 minutes, making 11 of 25 shots.

The only Lakers starter close to double figures was Wesley Johnson (nine points), who saw the officials take away one away on review at the end of the third quarter.

Ed Davis contributed 14 off the bench, along with nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.  Wayne Ellington, returning from a concussion that caused him to miss the first game, added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.  The Lakers shot 43% from the field and 30.8% from three-point range (4 of 13).

The Suns were led by Isaiah Thomas off the bench with 23...

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Preview: Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns

After losing rookie power forward Julius Randle to a broken leg in the season opener on Tuesday, the Lakers won't have long to lick their wounds.

On Wednesday, the Lakers visit the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns will play their first game of the year after a 48-win season that just fell short of the playoffs.

The Lakers are expected to play without Steve Nash (back), Nick Young (thumb), Ryan Kelly (hamstring) and Randle (leg). Wayne Ellington is also questionable with a concussion.

Key matchup

Eric Bledsoe emerged as an explosive scorer for the Suns last season, averaging 17.7 points with 5.5 assists a game. During the offseason, the team rewarded him with a five-year, $70-million contract.

While Bledsoe is physically strong, he's only 6 feet 1. He'll likely match up at shooting guard against the 6-foot-6 Kobe Bryant.

Bryant led the Lakers with 19 points in the team's 108-90 loss to the Rockets. Returning from knee and Achilles' injuries, the 36-year old Bryant may play reduced minutes on the...

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Julius Randle expected to make full recovery, but he's out for season

Lakers rookie Julius Randle underwent surgery Wednesday morning and was expected to miss the rest of the season, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Randle, 19, should make a full recovery from the broken leg he sustained in Tuesday's season-opener, according to the person.

Randle was driving toward the basket midway through the fourth quarter when he planted awkwardly and collided with two Houston Rockets players. He stayed on the court for several minutes and was taken off via stretcher.

Randle, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, had two points when he left the game. The Lakers lost, 108-90, in front of a Staples Center crowd that became suddenly silent after gleefully jeering Dwight Howard much of the night.

Ed Davis can expect to pick up many of Randle's minutes at backup power forward.

With veteran guard Steve Nash already out for the season because of chronic back problems, the Lakers could file another disabled-player exception with the NBA that would...

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Lakers are getting injured at an alarming pace

The Lakers season opener on Tuesday night saw rookie power forward Julius Randle carted off in a stretcher with a broken tibia.

After a difficult 27-55 season, the Lakers drafted Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. It's not entirely clear how long Randle will sit out, but his rookie season is certainly in jeopardy.

Last year, the Lakers saw players miss a league-high 319 games due to injury.

Veteran guard Steve Nash has already been declared out for the season with chronic nerve issues in his back. Nick Young will miss about 17 games as he recovers from thumb surgery.

If Randle sits out the remainder of the year, along with Nash and Young's lost time, the Lakers are already looking at 180 games missed, just counting those three players.

The team also has some minor injuries. Ryan Kelly said Tuesday that he was "really close" to a return from a hamstring strain. Wayne Ellington has improved after suffering a concussion in the Lakers' final preseason game.


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