Monthly Archive for December, 2013

LAL 79, Bucks 94: 12/31 Running Diary

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

Starters
Lakers: Farmar, Meeks, Young, Williams and Gasol
Bucks: Knight, Ridnour, Antetokounmpo, Ilyasova and Sanders


FIRST QUARTER



SECOND QUARTER


Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers
THIRD QUARTER


Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers
FOURTH QUARTER

Injury Update: Jordan Farmar

Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemJordan Farmar exited the Lakers-Bucks game with 6:33 in the third quarter because of hamstring tightness. He did not return, and is scheduled to undergo an ultrasound on Wednesday.

Farmar originally suffered a partial tear of his left hamstring on Dec. 1 in the first quarter against Portland, and missed three-plus weeks. He returned against Miami on Christmas Day, but missed Monday’s practice because of tightness in the same area.

Farmar, Henry and Kaman Miss Practice

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemThough the Lakers got Pau Gasol back on the practice floor, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman were all non-participants on Monday.

Farmar told Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell he experienced some “tightness” in his hamstring against Philly on Sunday evening. Despite this, he plans to play against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Xavier Henry, who injured his right knee late in the first quarter of the Lakers-Sixers game, underwent an MRI on Monday morning that showed a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus. He will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

Kaman, who played just 10 minutes against Philly after tweaking his ankle at Utah, got treatment during practice and could play tomorrow, but will likely be limited, according to D’Antoni.

Gasol To Play vs. Milwaukee

TS_PauPracticeLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who has missed three of the last five games while battling an upper respiratory illness, practiced fully Monday and will play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

“I don’t think he’s over it totally, but he’s good enough to play,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’ll be ready tomorrow.”

Gasol did not practice last Thursday before the team flew to Utah, instead visiting a doctor who diagnosed him with a bad case of sinusitis and bronchitis. The 7-foot Spaniard said he is still feeling some effects – and will for weeks – but plans to fight through his ailment.

“I just have to play through it,” Gasol said. “We are very short-handed out there and we need everything we can get out there, and I’ll do my best.”

Earlier in the season, Gasol acknowledged playing through a similar illness. Despite this, he was the lone player to appear in the starting lineup through the first 26 games, with injuries decimating nearly half the roster. In his last game against Miami on Christmas Day, Gasol said he felt “exhausted” at the end.

“This time it got worse and the doctor said I never really got over it,” Gasol said. “It just got better for a month. In the long run, we’ll see how this progresses. But for now, I’m just going to have to deal with it on a daily basis.”

Lakers-Sixers Postgame Numbers

Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 111-104 loss against Philly:

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Paint points for Philly, a team that ranks second in that category (50.6). According to NBA.com/stats, 48 of their 95 field goal attempts came from within five feet or less.

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Turnovers for the Lakers that led to 27 Sixers’ points. Philly, who ranks last in the league in turnovers per game (17.9), committed just 10.

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Made free throws for Nick Young without a miss. He scored a game high 26 points, and topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time in the last six games. In the month of December, he’s averaging 18.4 points and shooting 40.8 percent from the three-point line.

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Different starting lineups in the last seven games for the Lakers. With Chris Kaman dealing with an ankle injury and Pau Gasol out with an upper respiratory illness, coach Mike D’Antoni started Jordan Hill at center for the first time this season. Altogether, it was the team’s 16th different starting unit through 31 games this year.

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Minutes for Xavier Henry, before exiting late in the first quarter with a right knee strain. Henry had recorded five straight games of double-digit points and was averaging 13.5 points in the month of December.

LAL 104, Sixers 111: 12/29 Running Diary

Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s home contest against Philly with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Farmar, Meeks, Johnson, Williams and Hill
Sixers: Carter-Williams, Turner, Thompson, Young and Hawes


FIRST QUARTER



SECOND QUARTER


Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers
THIRD QUARTER


Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers
FOURTH QUARTER

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Miami Heat v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier Henry suffered a strained right knee late in the first quarter during the Lakers-Sixers game and will not return.

He exited the game at the 1:14 mark and immediately went to the locker room. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday morning.

With the Lakers already missing Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Steve Blake (torn ulnar collateral ligament), Kobe Bryant (fracture of the lateral tibial plateau) and Jordan Farmar (until two games ago), Henry had assumed starting point guard duties. The Kansas product went back to playing the one with the second unit once Farmar returned against Miami on Christmas Day.

Gasol/Kaman Game-Time Decisions Sunday

Lakers-Jazz Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Utah JazzWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 105-103 loss at Utah:

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Fastbreak points for Utah, a team that ranked 17th in the league (12.7) in that category prior to the game. The Jazz converted on 9 of 10 field goals in transition and turned 14 Lakers turnovers into 15 points.

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Points for Nick Young before fouling out with 5:45 remaining. He scored 13 of the Lakers 29 third-quarter points on 6 of 9 field goals to help keep them close. In four of the last five games, Young has topped the 20-point mark.

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Offensive rebounds for Utah, the last one coming off a Derrick Favors putback dunk that turned out to be the game winner. The home team held a plus-six advantage on the glass overall and had 16 second-chance points.

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Wins for Utah (out of their nine overall) this season when starting Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Favors. That unit combined for 79 of the team’s 105 points on 32 of 63 field goals and 8 of 19 on three-pointers.

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Missed free throws for the Lakers, as they made just 16 of 23 (69.2 percent). In the last two games, L.A. is shooting 31 of 49 from the charity stripe, a 63.3 percent clip.

LAL 103, Jazz 105: 12/27 Running Diary


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

Starters
Lakers: Farmar, Meeks, Johnson, Williams and Kaman
Jazz: Burke, Hayward, Jefferson, Williams and Favors

FIRST QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz
SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz
FOURTH QUARTER