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Lakers' Week 3 in review

A look back at the past week for the Lakers

The Lakers continued to struggle through Week 3, losing all four games to drop to 1-9 on the season.

Week 2 ended with the Lakers getting their lone victory of the season, putting an end to Charles Barkley's so-called hunger strike.

The Lakers hoped to find offensive balance as Coach Byron Scott scolded critics charging that Kobe Bryant has shot too many times over his career.

Teammate Carlos Boozer noted that Bryant is "worth the admission price." San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich also said he's a huge fan of Bryant.

In the Lakers' 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Bryant set the NBA record for missed field goal attempts.

After a loss Tuesday, Lakers guard Wayne Ellington learned his father had died in a shooting. He has since taken a leave of absence from the team.

The Lakers traveled to New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Wednesday, falling 109-102 behind a monster night from forward/center Anthony Davis.

Guard Ronnie Price was suspended one game for a flagrant foul on New Orleans' Austin Rivers. General Manager Mitch Kupchak was unhappy with the NBA's decision.

As far as the on-court product, Scott said he's not sure the team's defense is fixable.

Bryant, playing through a viral infection, had a terrible shooting night in a 93-80 loss to the Spurs.

After falling to the Spurs, Bryant said he yearns for the old days, reflecting on how long some of the San Antonio core has been together.

The week ended in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, 136-115.  Bryant scored 44 points.

The Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders, also opened the season on a losing streak.

Rookie Jordan Clarkson and guard/forward Xavier Henry spent one day with the D-Fenders on assignment. Henry scored 33 points in a defeat.

Joey Buss, a partial owner of the Lakers and the D-Fenders' president and chief executive officer, said he hopes the franchise will be a helpful development tool for the Lakers.

Buss also said he learned patience from his late father, Jerry Buss, which has helped him cope with the Lakers' poor start.

Some rare good news for the team: Nick Young may return this week from a thumb injury. The scorer may make his season debut on Tuesday against the Hawks in Atlanta.

The Lakers were granted a $1.5-million disabled-player exception for Julius Randle, who is out for the season with a broken leg -- although that gives the team limited options.

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