Monthly Archive for January, 2014

LAL 100, Bobcats 110: 1/31 Running Diary

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

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Gasol
Bobcats: Sessions, Henderson, Kidd-Gilchrist, McRoberts and Jefferson

FIRST QUARTER



SECOND QUARTER


Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Lakers
THIRD QUARTER


Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Lakers
FOURTH QUARTER

Nash, Blake and Farmar Return to Practice

ts_140130stevenash670Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all participated in practice and went through 5-on-5 full court scrimmages on Thursday, but the three have been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. Charlotte.

It was a welcomed sight for the coaching staff to see those three out on the hardwood again.

“It lets us do a lot more things and obviously getting Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash on the floor is going to help the quality of basketball,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.

Return dates for the trio, however, are up in the air and are varying to certain degrees.

“I just want to take it day by day and the fact I got through one practice is a positive,” Nash said. “This is the hardest thing I have ever faced in my career. Since the broken leg, nothing has been the same, nothing has been easy.”

While he was working/rehabbing with his trainer and physical therapist in Vancouver, Nash believes he progressed significantly in the last two weeks.

“I can get up and down first of all,” Nash explained. “I can withstand more demands – more contact, more unpredictable factors, change of direction – playing against somebody. That was something the nerve and spine couldn’t handle two weeks ago.”

Blake was non-committal about a possible return, but like both his backcourt teammates, is taking a day-by-day approach.

“I still have a little bit of issues to work through right now,” Blake said. “Shooting from long range is a little bit difficult right now. The ball feels heavy. There’s still pain when I shoot. Those are the things I need to work through. Everything else feels great.”

Farmar said he is trying to take a cautious approach to see how the hamstring responds. He suffered a tear in his left hamstring in a different area just four games after returning the first time. Now he says he can gradually work his way back as opposed to starting and playing 30-35 minutes upon coming back.

“Just take it day by day,” Farmar explained. “If I do something like this tomorrow, if there’s any tightness or soreness, really keep an eye on it and don’t overdo it. Maybe take a step back – ice, treatment, stuff like that. Just really paying attention to it day by day.”

Pau Gasol, meanwhile, did not practice and is still nursing a sore groin. He confirmed post practice that he is “probable” for Friday’s game. He did, however, acknowledge it feels much better today as opposed to after halftime during Tuesday’s contest vs. Indiana.

“It started happening on the road trip, but it was mild and manageable,” Gasol said. “The Indiana game was much, much worse and hard to bear, but I was able to finish the game off and play till the end.”

For the fifth straight game, the 7-foot Spaniard recorded a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. In the month of January, he is averaging 20.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 blocks on 50.9 percent field goals.

Lakers Leading League in Unfortunate Stat

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemA plethora of injuries have made a bigger impact on the 2013-14 Lakers season than perhaps anything else, with starters Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash leading the games-missed train with 40 of the 46 apiece on the shelf.

In fact, L.A.’s 153 total games missed this season easily lead the NBA, and are 16 more than second-place Milwaukee and 42 more than the squad with the third most (New York, 111). Here’s a list of some of the most injury-plagued squads (and least injured):

LAKERS:
Kobe Bryant: 40
Steve Nash: 40
Steve Blake: 25
Jordan Farmar: 24
Xavier Henry: 15
Chris Kaman: 5
Pau Gasol: 3
Wesley Johnson: 1
TOTAL: 153

MILWAUKEE:
Carlos Delfino: 43
Larry Sanders: 26
Zaza Pachulia: 25
Caron Butler: 14
Luke Ridnour: 7
John Henson: 5
Ersan Ilyasova: 5
Brandon Knight: 4
Ekpe Udoh: 4
Gary Neal: 2
O.J. Mayo: 2
TOTAL: 137

NEW YORK:
Tyson Chandler: 24
Metta World Peace: 21
Raymond Felton: 16
Pablo Priginoi: 16
Amare Stoudemire: 12
Kenyon Martin: 11
Beno Udrih: 5
Carmelo Anthony: 3
Andrea Bargnani: 3
TOTAL: 111

WASHINGTON:
Al Harrington: 36
Otto Porter: 17
Chris Singleton: 13
Glen Rice Jr.: 14
Bradley Beal: 9
Nene: 7
Trevor Ariza: 5
Kevin Seraphin: 2
Martell Webster: 2
TOTAL: 106

DENVER:
Danilo Gallinari: 42
JaVale McGee: 37
Wilson Chandler: 8
Darrell Arthur: 8
Anthony Randolph: 3
Kenneth Faried: 2
Ty Lawson: 2
Jordan Hamilton: 1
Randy Foye: 1
TOTAL: 104

PHOENIX:
Emeka Okafor: 43
Alex Len: 28
Eric Bledsoe: 19
Goran Dragic: 3
Leandro Barbosa: 2
TOTAL: 95

BROOKLYN:
Andrei Kirilenko: 26
Brook Lopez: 25
Deron Williams: 16
Jason Terry: 15
Paul Pierce: 5
Kevin Garnett: 1
TOTAL: 88

PORTLAND:
C.J. McCollum: 34
TOTAL: 34

INDIANA:
Danny Granger: 25
George Hill: 3
Lance Stephenson: 1
C.J. Watson: 1
TOTAL: 30

OKLAHOMA CITY:
Russell Westbrook: 20
Thabo Sefolosha: 4
Nick Collison: 1
Kevin Durant: 1
Serge Ibaka: 1
TOTAL: 27

TORONTO:
Tyler Hansbrough: 8
Landry Fields: 4
Quincy Acy: 3
DeMar DeRozan: 1
John Salmons: 1
TOTAL: 17

Marshall Cruisin’ in L.A. Traffic

L.A. traffic is a way of life, as one of the newest Lakers, Kendall Marshall, has discovered.

What better way to kill some time?

Record a couple Vines:

Multi-tasking at its finest. Driving, recording and incorporating hand motions to the practice facility on the team’s day off (Wednesday).

Showin’ some passion and lip syncing to tunes in traffic.

Some nice camera work and lip syncing to tunes in traffic.

Looks like Marshall has made himself quite comfortable in Los Angeles on and off the court.

Lakers-Pacers Postgame Numbers

Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 104-92 loss against Indiana:

63
Rebounds for Indiana, who held a plus-13 advantage on the glass (63-50) and a plus-10 edge on the offensive boards (17-7). Seven different players grabbed at least six boards, including a season-high 14 coming from Lance Stephenson. The Pacers also had 20 second-chance points compared to just 12 for the Lakers.

16
Straight games in which Kendall Marshall has made at least one three-pointer. Marshall now qualifies among the league leaders and ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (47.3). He also registered his eighth double-double with 11 points and 13 dimes.

30.6
Percentage of field goals made for the Lakers in the second half, after shooting 48.9 percent in the first two quarters. Tied 49 apiece at halftime, Indiana held L.A. to a combined 15 of 49 field goals in the third and fourth quarters. As such, the Pacers – a team that ranked first in scoring margin in the second half (+7.7) coming into the game – outscored the Lakers 55-43 after intermission.

21
Points for Jodie Meeks, the third time in the last four games he’s reached at least 20. Meeks also drained another two triples on the evening, bringing his total to 103 on the year (11th in the NBA). In the last five games, the Kentucky product is shooting 54.8 percent from the three-point line (17 for 31).

5
Consecutive double-doubles for Pau Gasol, as he finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Gasol did not start the second half (groin), but still played through it as he also scored 20-plus points for the ninth straight contest.

LAL 92, Pacers 104: 1/28 Running Diary

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

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Gasol
Pacers: Hill, Stephenson, George, West and Hibbert

FIRST QUARTER


Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers
SECOND QUARTER


THIRD QUARTER


Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers
FOURTH QUARTER

How Lakers Five-Man Lineups Fare

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersHere’s a look at how some of the most-used Lakers five-man lineups have fared this season (as of Jan. 28):

KEY
Offensive rating (OffRtg): number of points scored per 100 possessions
Defensive rating (DefRtg): number of points allowed per 100 possessions
Net rating (NetRtg): the difference in team’s offensive rating and defensive rating

Marshall/Meeks/Young/Johnson/Gasol:
Court time: 20 minutes
OffRtg: 123.3
DefRtg: 115.5
NetRtg: +7.8

Marshall/Meeks/Johnson/Kelly/Gasol:
Court time: 89 minutes
OffRtg: 104.5
DefRtg: 99.6
NetRtg: +4.9

Marshall/Meeks/Young/Kelly/Gasol:
Court time: 62 minutes
OffRtg: 121.0
DefRtg: 118.9
NetRtg: +2.1

Blake/Meeks/Johnson/Hill/Gasol:
Court time: 152 minutes
OffRtg: 100.4
DefRtg: 107.6
NetRtg: -7.3

Marshall/Meeks/Johnson/Hill/Gasol:
Court time: 39 minutes
OffRtg: 96.1
DefRtg: 108.4
NetRtg: -12.3

Blake/Meeks/Young/Williams/Gasol:
Court time: 42 minutes
OffRtg: 113.1
DefRtg: 127.4
NetRtg: -14.3

Blake/Meeks/Young/Gasol/Kaman:
Court time: 40 minutes
OffRtg: 89.3
DefRtg: 106.1
NetRtg: -16.8

Marshall/Meeks/Johnson/Gasol/Sacre:
Court time: 51 minutes
OffRtg: 91.8
DefRtg: 130.1
NetRtg: -38.2

Injury Update: Bryant, Nash, Blake, Farmar, Henry and Meeks

ts_140127steveblake670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemUpon returning from their seven-game, 12-day road trip, the Lakers received plenty of news on the injury front after practice on Monday.

According to team spokesman, John Black, everything “went well” for Steve Nash in Vancouver while working with his trainer/physical therapist during the team’s 12-day road trip. Nash was expected to go through practice on Monday, but unrelatedly “tweaked his back,” and thus, did not participate.

“The plan for him is to have a practice on Thursday and he’s basically day-to-day,” Black said. “We’ll update you on whether he’ll play Friday based on how Thursday’s practice goes.”

Nash has been sidelined since Nov. 12 with nerve root irritation. Coach Mike D’Antoni remains hopeful the two-time MVP can return to the court again this season.

“I hope so,” D’Antoni said. “I hope for him. If anybody can do it, he can.”
Both Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) have not been cleared for full practices yet, but are able to participate in basketball-related activities, as the two went through today.

“They’ll continue to ramp up through the week as they progress,” Black said. “Neither will play Tuesday or Friday, but the plan on them is to ramp up practices this week and we’ll update both of them at the end of this week.”

Blake was diagnosed with a torn collateral ligament in his right elbow and has been out since Dec. 13. Farmar, meanwhile, has been out since Jan. 3 after suffering a tear in his left hamstring. The UCLA product hurt the same hamstring earlier in the year, but this tear was in a different location. Post practice, Farmar was pleased to just get back on the court with his teammates.

“It was great,” he said. “I’ve been bored. That’s been the hardest thing. With this injury, you don’t feel too injured. It’s not painful; you don’t feel hurt. Just having to sit down, be patient and wait your turn, especially seeing them struggle, I just want to be out there and contribute.”

Xavier Henry (knee strain) went through some on-court work in Miami and was expected to be out another 10-14 days, but visited with a doctor today. There is no new update regarding his injury.

Both Pau Gasol (toe) and Jodie Meeks (foot) did not practice on Monday, but both are expected to play on Tuesday against Indiana.

Lakers-Knicks Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v New York KnicksWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 110-103 loss at New York:

21
Second-chance points for the Knicks, compared to just six for the Lakers. New York, ranked 28th in the league in rebounds per game, owned a plus-10 edge on the glass and a plus-11 advantage on the offensive boards.

18
Points for Manny Harris – a season high – in 19 minutes off the bench. Harris, who was signed to his second 10-day contract earlier in the day, scored 11 in six fourth-quarter minutes to help keep L.A. within striking distance.

11
Plus-rating for Raymond Felton (tied with Tyson Chandler for a team high). Felton scored a season-high 20 points on 8 of 10 field goals, to go along with a team-high five assists.

9
Field goals made for New York inside the paint in the fourth quarter, which accounted for 18 of their 27 points. The Knicks, last in the league in paint points per game (33.5), registered 18 in the final 12 minutes.

6
Triples made for Jodie Meeks towards a team-high 24 points. Meeks was particularly effective in the third, when he scored 16 on 5 of 5 field goals (4 of 4 on three-pointers). In the last five games, the Kentucky product is shooting 57.1 percent from beyond the arc (16 for 28).

LAL 103, Knicks 110: 1/26 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v New York KnicksBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at New York with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Young, Kelly and Gasol
Knicks: Felton, Prigioni, Shumpert, Anthony and Chandler

FIRST QUARTER



SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks
FOURTH QUARTER