Lakers' Week 11 in review

Lakers' Week 11 in review
Lakers guard Jeremy Lin goes up for a shot against Orlando Magic forward Channing Frye at Staples Center on Jan. 9. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The Lakers won only one of four games during Week 11.

The team ended Week 10 with a one-point win at home over the Indiana Pacers, then started Week 11 on Jan. 5 with a quick visit to Portland and the Trail Blazers on the second night of back-to-back games. Despite playing a competitive game, the Lakers ultimately fell, 98-94.

The Lakers' struggles this season have something to do with injuries. Kobe Bryant sat out against the Blazers to rest, but was able to play on Wednesday when the team visited the ClippersRonnie Price sat out with a broken nose, giving Jeremy Lin a brief return to the starting lineup.

Nick Young and Bryant struggled, while the Clippers dunked and danced, defeating the Lakers, 114-89.  After the game, Coach Byron Scott called his team "soft."

Bryant said of the Clippers: "They're just better." Scott said he couldn't bring himself to watch the loss before the team's next practice.

Rookie Jordan Clarkson, who hasn't played many minutes with the Lakers this season, scored a career-high 14 points against the Clippers.

Scott sat out Bryant again against the Orlando Magic. A balanced team effort led to a 101-84 Lakers' victory.

Tarik Black, acquired by the team in late December, had a big game in his home Staples Center debut.


Bryant also sat out Sunday, with Scott taking the blame for overplaying the veteran over the first few months of the season.

Damian Lillard, for the second time in a week, torched the Lakers late, in a 106-94 Blazers' victory.

Lakers President and Governor Jeanie Buss said she would hold her brother, executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss to a three-year timeline to get the team back to contention.

Scott said he doesn't yet have a timeframe for the Lakers' revival.

Jeanie Buss also said she doesn't see any logic in the idea of the Lakers tanking to protect their 2015 first-round pick.

Steve Nash surfaced again, this time in Argentina.

Already out for the season, rookie forward Julius Randle had a second surgery, replacing a screw in his right foot.

The Lakers guaranteed the contracts of Wayne Ellington, Price and Black for the remainder of the season.

The third round of All-Star team voting returns were announced by the NBA, with Bryant coming in fourth overall.

Alina Kupchak, 15, daughter of Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, died after a lengthy illness.

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