Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Bynum’s Postgame Reaction to Injury

When Andrew Bynum left with a knee injury in the first quarter of Saturday evening’s game in Memphis, the collective spirits of Bynum’s teammates, coaches, Lakers staff and fans everywhere were completely in the dumps.

Upon seeing Bynum putting weight on his knee and even smiling in the locker room, those collective spirits may have lifted just a bit heading into the young center’s coming MRI Sunday morning in New York.

Here’s the audio of what Bynum had to say after the game to assembled reporters:

Note that in the audio, Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland had to repeat some earlier questions because KCAL was doing a live hit from the locker room. Alas, here’s a rough transcription of what Bynum said from the locker room.

“It just felt like he hit me on the side of the leg. No pops, I didn’t hear any pops. Basically, it just hurt the inside of the knee. It’s much better than last year, last year I couldn’t put any pressure on it or walk or anything like that. I really don’t need this crutch, they just want me to keep the weight off (the knee). No pops, no giving. It sucks to be injured again, but I can walk … I have to be optimistic. I definitely want to return and get back to the things I was doing out there. I have no idea (about time of return), we have to wait for the MRI. It feels a little bit better from (before), but that might be because of the ice.”

Lakers 115, Grizzlies 98: Postgame

That the Lakers were able to battle through severe adversity and win for the second time this season against the Grizzlies barely seemed to matter on a suddenly sullen Saturday night in Memphis.

After playing inspired basketball for the last five games, center Andrew Bynum went down in a heap with 6:55 to go in the first quarter with the original diagnosis of a sprained right knee (x-rays negative). Bynum will undergo further testing in New York City on Sunday morning, as the Lakers community awaits eagerly and nervously for the results.

The coincidence of the injury was almost cruel, as it was here in Memphis on Jan. 13 last season when Bynum suffered an ultimately season-ending injury to his left knee.

Yet and still, the Lakers had an opponent to play, and after falling behind by as many as 13 in a first half where minds were certainly in another place, L.A. rallied together at the break to open the third quarter on a 9-2 run, including five points from Bryant. Pau Gasol then scored eight points in a six-minute stretch to help put the Lakers up by as many as 11 in the third, before settling on a 91-82 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

L.A. would then completely shut their defensive rim, holding Memphis without a point in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. They’d lead by as many as 18 during that stretch before ultimately settling on a 115-98 victory.

So, while the focus and level of basketball was quite impressive in the second half, the only though on anyone’s mind leaving FedExForum was regarding Bynum’s health.

A few numbers, and remember to check Lakers.com tomorrow for a full report on Bynum, who talked to reporters after the game in surprisingly good spirits, suggesting that he didn’t hear anything “pop” and could already put pressure on the knee.

0
Points scored by Memphis in roughly the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. They’d ultimately get to 15 for the period.

6
Minutes into the game when Bynum went down. ‘Drew already had seven points and a swat on 2-of-2 shooting plus 3-of-3 from the line.

12
Combined number of boards (six), assists (3), steals (2) and blocks (1) for Lamar Odom, who added 13 points off the bench in a solid overall effort. Odom replaced Bynum in the starting lineup for the second half.

15
Point difference between the Lakers (36) and Grizzlies (21) in the third quarter. Kobe Bryant had 10 points, Pau Gasol eight and Lamar Odom nine in the period.

25
Points for Bryant to lead the Lakers, just one more than Gasol’s 24.

38
Points in the second half for the Grizzlies.

57.1
Shooting percentage by the Grizzlies in the first half.

60
Second half points for the Lakers, a 22-point advantage over the Grizzlies.

Bynum Injures Right Knee Vs. Memphis

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who began Saturday night’s game in Memphis dominating as he’d done in L.A.’s last five games, went down with an apparent knee injury as Kobe Bryant was pushed into L.A.’s center in the lane with 6:55 to go in the first quarter.

Original reports from the Lakers are that Bynum suffered a sprained right knee; x-rays were negative, but Bynum will undergo further testing in New York on Sunday morning.

Last season, Bynum injured the knee cap of his left knee against Memphis on Jan. 13, an injury obviously unrelated to the one he suffered tonight.

Lakers – Grizzlies Running Diary

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Lakers 105, Grizzlies 96: Postgame

Inactives
Lakers: DJ Mbenga, Sun Yue
Grizzlies: Darko Milicic

Starters
Lakers Fish, Kobe, Luke, Pau and Bynum
Grizzlies Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Darrell Arthur, Marc Gasol

The game plan for this game should mirror that of the last game: pound the ball into the paint. L.A.’s intent upon keeping Bynum hot, getting Gasol his touches and simply filling in the rest, particularly with Memphis starting rookies at power forward (Arthur) and center (Gasol). That’s just about all there is to it.

By the way, the Grizzlies have lost 11 games in a row since beating Dallas 102-82 on Jan. 4.

First Quarter
12:00 I’m not sure if there are more Lakers fans than Grizzlies supporters here, but there are certainly more purple and gold jerseys, t-shirts and the sort.

11:20 “O.J. Mayo to SHOOT THE TECHNICAL!!!” Memphis’ PA guy’s pretty excited to be here at the FedExForum. After that defensive three seconds tech, Pau Gasol hit a short hook to open L.A.’s scoring effort.

10:23 The big guy’s starting early tonight, as Bynum first catches an alley-oop from Bryant, then swats Gay on defense, then catches an entry pass at the other end, up fakes and makes it plus the harm for a 7-4 Lakers lead. Earlier today, we highlighted Bynum’s five-straight double-doubles while making 65.3 percent of his field goals and hitting 82.5 percent of his foul shots.

8:06 Bynum’s two free throws didn’t even look close to missing. What if Shaq or Dwight Howard were able to knock down free throws at an 80+ percent clip? Bynum came into his current hot streak shooting just below 70 percent, but had only taken an average of four per game. He seems to be better when shooting them in more volume, which appears likely as his offensive game is so tight right now.

6:55 Oh no. Bynum just went down in a heap after Bryant collapsed on his knee in the lane. It’s hard to even put the potential implications of this into words (just look at the last few paragraphs) but we’ll have to wait for official news before drawing any conclusions. The entire Lakers team was out on the floor looking on as Bynum remained on the floor for a good three or four minutes, and now has to go back out and perform.

5:16 The Lakers are rightfully rattled, and the Grizz responded with a 9-0 run to take a 17-13 lead.

3:38 Mayo jumper, and a 23-17 lead for the home team. What a challenge it is to focus on the game at hand while each and every Laker has Bynum’s health on their mind. Yet if anyone can focus, it’s Bryant – who surely feels the worst of anyone after being pushed into ‘Drew – who just made 1-of-2 at the foul line as Jordan Farmar and Trevor Ariza checked into the game.

1:11 Ariza capped a 7-0 run sparked by the Lakers bench to get the lead back at 24-23. But more telling was the look of dejection and worry on Bryant’s face as he checked out of the game moments earlier.

0:19.4 Right back came the Grizzlies, with a 6-0 run of their own capped by a huge alley-oop from sub Kyle Lowry to Gay.

Odom would answer with an emphatic one-handed dunk that punctuated his streak through the lane and made it a 29-26 Grizzlies lead after one.

Here’s the Bynum news: The original diagnosis for Andrew Bynum is a “sprained right knee,” according to Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland. Bynum is undergoing an X-ray now, but we probably won’t learn more about it until he gets to New York tomorrow for further testing.

Second Quarter
10:08 Vujacic hit the third of his three-point attempts to cut the Memphis lead to one at 32-31.

8:18 Gasol was the recipient of a nice defensive play from Odom and Ariza, dunking in transition to put L.A. up 37-36. That’s 10 points and four boards for Pau.

7:58 Checking into the ball game due to the absence of Bynum was Chris Mihm, who immediately converted a nice pass from Ariza into a layup.

More from Ireland on TV: “Bynum’s X-rays were negative, as expected. He will not return tonight and still awaits an MRI tomorrow in New York.”

Stu Lantz added that the X-ray doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but everyone’s crossing their fingers.

3:55 Another Mayo jumper, from three, put Memphis up 52-45 for its biggest lead of the game. Mayo then scored on the next possession to make it a nine-point game.

2:43 Capping a 14-4 Grizzlies run was capped by an and-1 from Hakim Warrick that gave Memphis a 59-46. Insert broken record: the Lakers have their minds in another place. Kobe in particular appears extremely frustrated.

1:07 A three from Vladimir Radmanovic swished through for the Lakers, who need contributions from everyone to get over their understandable mental funk. Perhaps going into the locker room, seeing Bynum and hearing more about the injury will help the focus in the second half.

0:33.7 Gasol dunked easily underneath to cut what had been a 13-point lead to just six heading into the half, a good close under circumstances I’ve already mentioned 10 times. I have to say, there hasn’t been a time this season that the Lakers fled the halftime court so quickly. Alas, Memphis led 61-55 at the break.

Third Quarter
The coincidence is almost uncanny with Bynum’s injury, because it was right here in Memphis last January when he’d been playing, by far, his best ball of the season before going down. Lakers fans can only hope this injury is nothing like that which put ‘Drew out for the remainder of last season.

10:33 That focus we thought might come through to start the third after a rally-around-the-flag halftime? That happened with a bullet. Bryant’s and-1 layup capped a 10-2 run to start the quarter that put the Lakers up 65-63. First came a layup from Odom, then a Bryant post up, Fisher three and Bryant’s and-1.

8:53 Marc Gasol committed his fourth foul trying to check his brother, resulting in his trip to the bench and two Pau free throws that put L.A. up 70-69. Chances are Pau doesn’t call that foul in the Barcelona driveway…

8:28 Mike Conley had made just 30 threes heading into the ball game (shooting 37 percent), but just made his third in three attempts for the Grizz.

5:36 Odom went up to attempt another rim-rocking, left-handed jam off the baseline, but was fouled in the process. LO did convert both free throws to give L.A. a 77-76 lead. Odom has struggled from the line throughout the season, shooting just 60.8 percent from the stripe.

5:06 Heating up was Fisher, who stroked a deep jumper to precede Odom’s baby hook that put L.A. up 81-78. Last year’s NBA Finals lineup has certainly been effective in this third quarter.

3:26 Gasol nailed back-to-back shots to put L.A. up seven, a 13-point turnaround from the start of the quarter. Pau’s been extremely effective with 8-of-10 shooting for his 22 points, plus seven boards and three assists.

0:11.3 An absurdly difficult shot was willed in by Bryant, running to his left, looking to pass and finally turning to throw in a line drive to give him 10 in the quarter. Mayo did manage two free throws to pull two points back, but the Lakers still went into the fourth up nine, a 15-point turnaround from the halftime score.

Fourth Quarter
11:30 Vujacic opened the scoring with two free throws. On the floor with Sasha were Farmar, Ariza, Odom and Mihm.

Vujacic followed with a tough jumper on the next possession to give L.A. its largest lead at 13, 95-82.

9:03 The onslaught continued as Odom found Ariza with a slick behind-the-back pass that Trevor laid in from the baseline for a 15-point edge. Farmar would push the lead to 18 on the next possession with an and-1 as the Lakers continued to roll. P.S. the Lakers have locked down their bucket as if a body were lying on top of it.

6:03 The Grizzlies finally scored – for the first time in the fourth – as sub Quinton Ross got all the way to the hole to make it.

The good news for L.A. was building that lead behind a great all-around effort from Odom. The bad was that Odom tweaked his foot, and left the game to see athletic trainer Gary Vitti.

4:43 Following the recent trend, Gay began to writhe in pain grabbing his shoulder, but he’s up and still playing with his team trailing 102-91. Meanwhile, back in the game came Kobe and Pau.

4:06 A Fisher three quickly erased any momentum Memphis may have built in the last few minutes.

3:22 Slick hoop from Kobe gave him 21 points, and L.A. a commanding 106-93 lead as we continue to try and construct good karma for Bynum’s MRI.

0:00 Ultimately, a 115-98 win wasn’t even close to at the top of L.A.’s collective mind as we all wait for news on Bynum’s knee tomorrow morning.

Bynum Posting Beastly Numbers

Bynum Dunk on SpursIn his last five games, Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been on an absolute war path, putting up numbers mirroring Lil’ Wayne’s album sales.

Not only is Bynum posting double-doubles to the tune of 26.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per night, but he’s swatting 3.2 shots, shooting 65.3 percent (49-of-75) from the field and 82.5 percent from the free throw line (33-of-40).

Furthermore, you can’t discount these stats due to inferior competition, because Bynum was nearly as effective against Tim Duncan and Emeka Okafor as he was against Al Jefferson and Washington’s JaVale McGee (OK, Clips rookie DeAndre Jordan was another story).

Here are ‘Drew’s game-by-game stats:

Jan. 21 vs L.A. Clippers (105-88 win)
36 minutes, 42 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks, 17-of-24 shooting (70.8 percent), 8-of-11 free throws (72.7 percent)

Jan. 22 vs Washington (117-97 win)
27 minutes, 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one block, 8-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent), 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent)

Jan. 25 vs. San Antonio (99-85 win)
24 minutes, 15 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one assist, one steal, 4-of-10 shooting (40 percent), 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent)

Jan. 27 vs. Charlotte (117-100 Double OT loss)
41 minutes, 24 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks, one assist, 10-of-14 shooting (71.4 percent), 4-of-5 free throws (80 percent)

Jan. 30 @ Minnesota (132-119 win)
30 minutes, 27 points, 15 rebounds, two blocks, one assist, 10-of-15 shooting (66.7 percent), 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent)

After the Friday night game in Minnesota, Bynum even drew praise from the hard-to-impress Kobe Bryant:

“(Bynum) is playing extremely well,” said Kobe. “We’re starting to expect it from him because he’s being aggressive, he’s being assertive, he’s finding his niche where he can operate in the offense. I like it. I like it a lot.

“I think the game where he gained the most confidence was in San Antonio. He had a big game and we lost the game the way that we did. On the bus I said, ‘Hey, you know Tim Duncan is one of the greatest defensive players of all time ever.’ If you can do that to him, you can do that to anybody else. I think for him to have that confidence to play against Tim, that had to kind of sink in for him. He’s one of the best defensive players ever and his confidence has shot through the roof after that. He played extremely well and I think it started from there.”

‘Drew will go for his sixth straight double-double against a Memphis Grizzlies team that’s been without big man Darko Milicic since late December, and starts Pau Gasol’s brother Marc at center. There’s no reason to expect any kind of slip in Bynum’s game, particularly not with his new-found Tiger-Woods-on-Sunday attack mode in full swing…

But that’s why they play the games.

Tip is at 5 p.m. Pacific from the FedExForum.

Lakers in Memphis for Saturday Tilt

Pau and Marc GasolAfter Saturday night’s game against the Grizzlies, the Lakers will be done with their trips to Memphis for the season, a city which joins New Orleans as Western Conference destinations to which L.A. won’t have to travel again in the regular season.

When the two teams met in Tennessee on Dec. 22, the Lakers emerged with a 105-96 result that was much closer than the final score.

Indeed, after the Lakers had lost back-to-back games in Miami and Orlando, they locked down defensively in the fourth quarter – conceding only 16 points – and got a three from Kobe Bryant with 34.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory over the Grizz.

But here’s the bad news for the Grizzlies: Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for just 28 points and 11 rebounds (15 and seven from Gasol) on that night while Bryant led the way with 36. Not only has Memphis’ best defensive frontcourt player, Darko Milicic, been out since late December with an injury, but Andrew Bynum’s been playing like Shaq circa 2000 during his last five games.

En route to five-straight double-doubles, Bynum’s averaged 26.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as L.A.’s won 4-of-5 games, the exception being the double OT loss to Charlotte on Tuesday. Good news for Memphis this is not. Also not helping Memphis is the fact that their starting lineup, while talented, has five combined seasons in the NBA.

But in essence, since the Grizzlies don’t shoot particularly well from the perimeter and are smallish on defense, L.A. can simply pound the rock down low on offense and pack the paint on D.

The game tips off at 5 p.m. Pacific.

Lakers – Wolves Postgame Quotes

Kobe Postgame MinnesotaFollowing L.A.’s offensive explosion that resulted in a 132-119 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, various players and both coaches addressed the assembled media after the game.

Lakers Postgame Quotes
Los Angeles Coach Phil Jackson:
“It was a total different game (from Tuesday vs. Charlotte). It wasn’t about the way we played, it was about the way the game was played. This was a young team that likes to score and we like to score, and we just ran up and down and scored. There wasn’t a whole lot of defense out there.”

“I thought we played good defense the first part of the game, we established something. We came out with a different group of guys and we got to the foul line. Did some things that were good, made them turn the ball over, got some second chances and some run-outs. That changed the complexity of the game. We always comment that we can score, so it was a good defensive effort.”

“Andrew did very well offensively when he got the ball. Al got it going in the second half a little bit, but Andrew established the inside game for us. Pau later on the in second quarter got it going for us and that set it up for us.”

“We just wanted to even things out. We have a road trip with back-to-back games, and we have another game tomorrow night we’ve got to work out… (Bynum) is confident, he’s got a good base. He’s energetic out there; it looks like he’s playing with more energy. His footwork is good. We’re getting him the ball in good positions. A variety of things, and we’ll see how that goes as we go along.”

“It’s another young team (Saturday in Memphis), an energetic team that plays okay on their home court. It’s tough to play on your home court sometimes because there aren’t big crowds. That’s sometimes distracting. It’s a team that’s changed coaches and we don’t know the team as well as we did a month ago.”

Los Angeles Guard Kobe Bryant:
“(Bynum) is playing extremely well. We’re starting to expect it from him because he’s being aggressive, he’s being assertive, he’s finding his niche where he can operate in the offense. I like it. I like it a lot.”

“I think the game where he gained the most confidence was in San Antonio. He had a big game and we lost the game the way that we did. On the bus I said, ‘Hey, you know Tim Duncan is one of the greatest defensive players of all time ever.’ If you can do that to him, you can do that to anybody else. I think for him to have that confidence to play against Tim, that had to kind of sink in for him. He’s one of the best defensive players ever and his confidence has shot through the roof after that. He played extremely well and I think it started from there.”
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Lakers 132, Wolves 119: Postgame

Andrew Bynum Post MinnesotaThe game plan for L.A. heading into Minnesota was rather simple: use your far superior size inside to expose one of the league’s smallest front lines.

That’s precisely what the Lakers did.

Behind Andrew Bynum’s 27 points and 15 rebounds, plus 21 and nine from Pau Gasol, the Lakers offensively pounded a Minnesota team that never gave up in a rather wild ballgame in which L.A. hit its season high in points.

Minnesota, who’d won 10-of-13 games in January, simply didn’t have an answer to L.A.’s length, but stuck in the game behind All-Star snub Al Jefferson’s 34 points and 13 rebounds, plus 27 points from Randy Foye.

Kobe Bryant tossed in 30 points on 12-of-23 shooting, plus five assists and eight boards for the Lakers, but provided a brief scare when he went off the floor holding his hand late in the third after a dunk. No worries though, as he had simply popped a blister that was bleeding, forcing Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti to tape him up prior to later insertion in the fourth quarter.

Trevor Ariza played well after suffering a concussion in Tuesday night’s game against Charlotte, going for eight points (including two run-stopping threes), five boards, two assists, a block and his traditional late steal.

A few numbers before the squad heads to Memphis for the tail end of a back-to-back.

3
Lakers with at least 20 points: Pau Gasol (21), Andrew Bynum (27) and Kobe Bryant (30).

5
Straight double-doubles for Bynum, who has clearly flipped on the proverbial light bulb. That’s Bynum’s 16th double-double of the season.

7
Lakers in double-figures, including Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza, Luke Walton and Derek Fisher.

17
Points for Bynum in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting and 5-of-6 from the line.

25
Double-doubles this season for Al Jefferson, who put up 34 and 13 in 42 minutes.

40
Points in the pain through three quarters for Minnesota. The season high for a Wolves opponent this season is 60 (Jan. 16, Phoenix). L.A. finished with 50 in the lane.

42.7
Shooting percentage for the Wolves, compared with 50.5 percent from L.A.

68
Second half points for the Lakers, the most the Wolves have given up in one half this season. In the first half, L.A. scored 64 points, which had been the most conceded by Minnesota before the second half barrage.

Lakers – Wolves Running Diary

Pau Gasol Post MinnesotaAs always, feel free to refresh your browser for live updates throughout the game … On second thought, I guess they wouldn’t technically be “live” updates since you have to press refresh. But whatever.

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Lakers 98, Wolves 86: Postgame

Inactives
Lakers: DJ Mbenga, Sun Yue
Timberwolves: Corey Brewer, Calvin Booth, Kevin Ollie

Starters
Lakers Fish, Kobe, Luke, Pau and Bynum
Wolves Sebastian Telfair, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Craig Smith, Al Jefferson

First Quarter
12:00 This would have been a tricky game for the Lakers under normal circumstances, the first of a six-game trip in a cold city where the team’s record isn’t reflective of its current play, but with the OT loss vs. Charlotte on Tuesday, Kobe Bryant (who fouled out and was the opposite of happy about it) should have his squad well-focused.

11:07 After Fish opened the game with a long jumper, Jefferson grabbed his first offensive rebound, and stuck it back in to tie the score. Defensive rebounding is going to be a key throughout the evening for L.A., as not just Jefferson but also Smith, and especially Kevin Love off the bench, are quite effective on the offensive glass.

10:28 It’s a new Bynum, isn’t it? Taking advantage of his height for the second-straight possession, ‘Drew scored easily over Jefferson for a 6-2 lead. He just dropped it over Al’s head. Minnesota starts the smallest four-five combination in the league, in fact, and the Lakers know they need to pound the ball into the paint.

9:00 You knew Kobe was going to bring it tonight. He opened his early onslaught with a tough fade-away jumper off glass, plus the foul with Foye defending. He followed with a transition three, and then another tough jumper plus the harm for eight early points and a 14-5 lead.

6:52 The Bynum Project (his last five games) continued with another easy drop-in from the paint for his sixth early point and a 20-11 lead.

5:38 Remember, the Timberwolves had the league’s best record in January (10-3) before San Antonio beat Phoenix last night, and there’s a reason for it: the players are playing with a completely new confidence ushered in by head coach Kevin McHale. Seriously … try to find one basketball person around the Wolves to tell you otherwise. The confidence manifested in a quick 4-0 burst after Kobe and Bynum willed the Lakers to a 20-11 lead, which may not seem like much, but may have been enough for the Randy Wittman Wolves to give up.

3:11 With the Wolves simply out-hustling the Lakers, Ryan Gomes scored six-straight points – a triple and an and-1 – to give Minnesota its first lead at 27-26. Walton and Telfair would then exchange baskets to make it a 29-28 ballgame heading into a Lakers’ timeout with 2:34 remaining.

The Wolves have a few extra-motivated players tonight, due to respective All-Star snubs: Jefferson was left off the All-Star team, and Love the rookie team. Let me just say this: David West isn’t even close to Jefferson. Not only is Minnesota’s big man one of three players in the NBA averaging 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, but he’s the sole focus of opposing defenses (that’s when you reach star status). West scores because Chris Paul and New Orleans’ three-point shooters draw much of the attention away from him offensively, and he’s averaging only 7.3 rebounds. Ridiculous. I can understand Shaq over Al, but no way can you make the West argument, just because his team has a much better (pre-January) record. Love’s exclusion is even worse, as you’ll hear from Joel Meyers if you’re listening to the Lakers broadcast (is this too much Minnesota information? I’ll try to slow down).

2:14 Out of the timeout, the Lakers moved the ball well (with Farmar, Ariza and Odom on the floor) and got a triple from Lamar. Ariza’s inclusion on the floor is most notable here, of course, due to the worrying concussion symptoms from which he was suffering. Before the game, he said he was feeling “just fine,” and he looks … fine.

0:30 There’s Love’s first jumper, which Gasol conceded by not popping out off the screen and roll. Pau did counter by taking Jefferson easily on the low block to put L.A. up 33-31 heading into period No. 2.
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Ariza Cleared to Play in Minnesota

Lakers forward Trevor Ariza, who had been suffering from concussion symptoms following a Tuesday night collision against the Bobcats, has been cleared to play in Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ariza received a CAT scan and an MRI Friday morning in Minneapolis, and both came back negative. This is certainly good news for the Lakers, as prior to Friday morning, Ariza had not yet been cleared to practice.

The game tips off at 5 p.m. Pacific from Minneapolis’ Target Center.