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LAL 86, Kings 104: 10/10 Preseason Diary

Below is a running diary of L.A.’s preseason contest against Sacramento with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:
Starters
Lakers: Nash, Meeks, Young, Kaman and Gasol
Kings: Thomas, Fredette, Outlaw, Patterson and Cousins

FIRST QUARTER

SECOND QUARTER

HALFTIME


THIRD QUARTER

FOURTH QUARTER

Injury Update: Wesley Johnson and Jordan Farmar

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report Wesley Johnson (strained tendon) and Jordan Farmar (calf strain), who both missed Tuesday’s preseason game against Denver, are unlikely to play in the team’s contest against Sacramento in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“They’re getting better,” coach Mike D’Antoni said after Wednesday’s practice. “They probably won’t play tomorrow just to be careful. Maybe in Beijing they’ll play, but right now, doubtful they’ll play tomorrow.”

Johnson left Sunday’s game against Denver late in the first quarter and did not return. An MRI showed that he has a strained tendon, and the team listed him as day-to-day. Farmar did not play the last two preseason games (he was held out of Sunday’s game for rest), although he did go through pregame drills before Tuesday’s game.

Lakers-Nuggets Postgame Numbers

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 90-88 win vs. Denver in their third preseason game:

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Combined fouls between the Nuggets and Lakers, with the two teams also combining for 77 free throws. In the fourth quarter alone, when Denver made a late push, there were 23 fouls called and 33 free throw attempts.

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First-half points the Nuggets scored on 22.7 percent field goals. Overall, the Lakers held Denver to 33 percent (30 for 91) and forced 13 turnovers.

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Combined points for Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol on 11 of 22 field goals in their first start together. The two also combined for 15 boards, five assists and two blocks. “He’s a smart player that knows how to play the game,” Gasol said of Kaman postgame. “He can do a variety of things out there, so he’s easy to play with.”

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Rebounds for Jordan Hill – a game high – in 16 minutes off the bench. He finished with a plus-15, second-highest on the team behind Shawne Wiliams’ plus-17.

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Free throws for Steve Blake in the final 46 seconds to help seal the win for L.A. Blake scored 16 points in 28 minutes off the bench, receiving all of the backup point guard minutes with Jordan Farmar sitting out because of a calf strain.

LAL 90, Nuggets 88: 10/8 Preseason Diary

Below is a running diary of L.A.’s preseason contest against Denver with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Nash, Meeks, Young, Kaman and Gasol
Nuggets: Lawson, Foye, Q. Miller, Faried and McGee

FIRST QUARTER


SECOND QUARTER


THIRD QUARTER


FOURTH QUARTER

Lakers-Nuggets Postgame Numbers

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 97-88 loss vs. Denver in their second preseason game:

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Paint points for the Nuggets, a team that led the NBA in that category during the 2012-13 season (57 per game). The Lakers also conceded 32 fastbreak points, but held Denver to 42.4 percent field goals.

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Shooting percentage for the Lakers, who were playing a back-to-back to open the preseason. Despite coach Mike D’Antoni emptying the bench at the start of the fourth quarter, the Lakers cut Denver’s 16-point lead to seven. “I actually thought we created a lot of good looks,” Steve Nash said. “We just didn’t knock them down, not only three’s but also opportunities in the paint that we didn’t finish. We shot a terrible percentage and didn’t play offensively, but I thought the shots were there. We just didn’t knock them down.”

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Turnovers the Lakers forced that led to 26 points. For the second straight preseason game, the club forced their opponent into more than 20 miscues, with Golden State committing 23 in Saturday’s contest. “(We’re) being active, communicating and covering for each other,” Pau Gasol said of the team’s defense. “The principles in defense that you need to do in order to be solid. We can still tighten up a little more, but I feel we’re in the right direction.”

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Points for Gasol in 23 minutes of action, to go along with four rebounds and two assists. “I felt good,” he said. “A little winded, but overall, pretty satisfied with how I felt. Still can improve a lot, but it was the first preseason game I played, so looking forward to the next one.”

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Assists for Steve Blake in just 17 minutes off the bench. With Jordan Farmar resting after playing 28 minutes in the first preseason contest, Blake received the bulk of the playing time with the second unit.

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Points for Steve Nash, although he did only attempt two shots. He finished with six assists and five rebounds in 22 minutes of action. “Not bad,” Nash said of how he felt physically. “First basketball game in five months, I’ll take it. I just need a few more weeks to get my rhythm and timing, and get a real feel for the group.”

Injury Update: Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report Swingman Wesley Johnson, who started his first game as a Laker, played just eight minutes and exited the game after straining his left foot. He finished with two points and three rebounds.

“There was some burning sensation in his foot,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’re hoping (it is) not bad.”


Xavier Henry also suffered a minor injury, with what’s being called a moderately sprained right wrist. Henry said after the game that he landed on the wrist at one point, but did not disclose when it occurred.

“I fell on it wrong (tonight),” he said. “But I won’t miss any time. I’ll be fine.”

Henry scored 15 points off the bench in 24 minutes, and led the club in scoring for the second straight preseason game.

LAL 88, Nuggets 97: 10/6 Preseason Diary

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s preseason contest against Denver with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Nash, Young, Johnson, Williams and Gasol
Nuggets: Lawson, Foye, Q. Miller, Faried and McGee

FIRST QUARTER

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SECOND QUARTER

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THIRD QUARTER

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FOURTH QUARTER

Lakers-Warriors Postgame Numbers

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-95 win vs. Golden State in their first preseason game:

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Points for Xavier Henry – a career-high – off the bench. The Kansas product routinely got to the basket (9 for 11 free throws) and showed off his three-point stroke (two triples), one of them a halfcourt heave that beat the halftime buzzer. “I’m blessed to be on a great team with a lot of great players,” Henry said postgame. “I have a great coaching staff that believes in me – it was just letting me play. They were allowing me to be myself. When your teammates are as unselfish, and everybody is happy for everybody, we all shine.”

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Free throws made for the Lakers out of 35 attempts, an 80 percent clip. Henry converted on 9 of 11 attempts, while Nick Young made all eight of his free throws. As a team last year, the Lakers ranked last in the NBA in free-throw percentage at 68.9 percent, in large part due to Dwight Howard’s 49.2 clip.

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Third-quarter points for the Warriors on 5 of 18 field goals (27.8 percent). Golden State coach Mark Jackson did pulled starters Stephen Curry, Andre Igoudala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut after halftime, but L.A. was playing without Pau Gasol (rest), Steve Nash (rest) and Kobe Bryant (Achilles). The Lakers didn’t fare much better in the third – 4 for 26 field goals – but their defensive effort kept them within striking distance heading to the fourth.

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Assists for Jordan Farmar off the bench in a team-high 28 minutes. One of the highlights of the night was a nifty over-the-head backwards pass from Farmar to Shawne Williams in the first quarter. “I felt good, I felt good,” Farmar said. “It’s my responsibility to make sure they were organized and everybody is comfortable and getting involved.”

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The Lakers closed the final 2:49 of the game on a 10-2 run after the Warriors closed to within a single point at 94-93. Dan Gadzuric found Elias Harris under the basket for a layup, Farmar converted an and-1, Marcus Landry drained a triple off a Farmar dish and Henry made two free throws to seal L.A.’s first preseason win since 2010.

LAL 104, Warriors 95: 10/5 Preseason Diary

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s first preseason contest against Golden State with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Blake, Meeks, Young, Hill and Kaman
Warriors: Curry, Igoudala, Barnes, Lee and Bogut

FIRST QUARTER

SECOND QUARTER

THIRD QUARTER

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

FOURTH QUARTER

Friday Practice Roundup

blog_131004nashLakers swingman Nick Young fully participated in Friday’s practice after missing the end of Thursday’s with an ankle injury. Young says he tweaked the ankle on Tuesday, but there had been some lingering pain. He maintains that although the ankle isn’t 100 percent, the pain will be manageable.

“It’s feeling good,” Young said. “I came in early and got some treatment, so I should be ready to go (on Saturday).”

While Young is expected to suit up, both Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are unlikely to play in Saturday’s preseason game vs. Golden State. The coaching staff will continue to monitor the two as they work their way back physically.

“(Nash) is good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He said he felt really good and didn’t want to push it too much. He probably won’t play tomorrow, and then play Sunday. Pau (won’t) play back to back’s. I’m thinking they should play together, so it’ll likely be Sunday.”