Monthly Archive for January, 2014

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Lakers-Magic Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando MagicWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 114-105 loss at Orlando:

38
Third-quarter points for Orlando as they turned a 55-53 halftime deficit into a 91-80 lead heading to the fourth. The Magic made 12 of 20 field goals in the third, including 4 of 6 from distance, while converting all 10 of their free throws.

20
Rebounds for Tobias Harris (a career high) to go along with 28 points (a season high). Harris had his way all game long on offense and controlled the defensive glass as he recorded his second straight double-double.

15
Second-chance points for Orlando, compared to just two for the Lakers. The Magic held a plus-11 advantage on the glass, with Harris (20) and Victor Oladipo (12) both recording career highs in rebounds.

14
Dimes for Kendall Marshall, his ninth double-digit assist performance in 12 January games. Marshall also scored 19 points and made a season-high five triples.

3
Consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound double-doubles for Pau Gasol, who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. It was also the seventh straight game Gasol scored at least 20. During that span, the 7-foot Spaniard is averaging 21.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks on 53.0 percent field goals.

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier Henry, who has been sidelined since Dec. 29, is expected to be out another 10-14 days, according to coach Mike D’Antoni.

Henry recently went through some on-court work on Wednesday in Miami, doing some running, lateral slide drills and shooting, but did not participate in practice.

“I’m feeling better,” Henry told Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell after his workout. “I’m not where I want to be but nobody is expecting me right now, so I’m out here, I’m doing drills, being able to move around, run, jump, cut and things like that. I just want to get to pain free and then we’ll go from there.”

Although Henry acknowledged he’s feeling better, there is no hard return date in mind.

“I really just have to go day-by-day,” he explained. “Tomorrow I’ll see if it’s sore or how sore, and then we’ll either ramp it up or we’ll continue what we’re on. But we need to be on a path to at least be steady to get me back.”

LAL 105, Magic 114: 1/24 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando MagicBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Orlando 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
Magic: Nelson, Oladipo, Afflalo, Harris and Davis

FIRST QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando Magic
SECOND QUARTER

Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando Magic
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando Magic
FOURTH QUARTER

One Year with Vine

Vine LogoOne year ago, the Vine app launched as a way to share 6-second videos on social media. In the past 365 days we’ve seen it used to make news, cover breaking news, make us laugh and show us things we didn’t think were possible. During that time we posted 147 vines (watch them all here), below are some that stood out.

OUR FIRST VINE
Vine sat dormant on our phones for the better part of a month, but when we did start to utilize it, we knew exactly who to point the camera at.

CELEBRATING IN REAL TIME
March 10th, 2013 saw the Lakers defeat the Chicago Bulls 90-81 on ABC and pull back into the playoff picture after a slow start to the season.

THE FIRST VINE WE EMBEDDED
Vine became embeddable in April, right around the time Metta World Peace was making his return from knee surgery. Vine became a simple, easy way to show MWP’s progress at the top of the article.

THE SACRE DIET
Want to know how strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco keeps the Lakers eating at their best? Rob’s here to show you.

NEW ACQUISITIONS IN THE GYM
High-school friends/rivals Nick Young and Jordan Farmar show the Lakers fans their hops shortly have joining the purple and gold.

INTRODUCING A NEW FAMILY MEMBER
Our most liked and revined post so far.

KOBE IN CHINA
Turn the audio on for this one to understand how popular Kobe is in China.

INTRODUCING STARTERS IN DIFFERENT WAYS
Through pregame warmups:

And as they get brought out before tip:

FOLLOW THE BALL
The players sign hundreds of items for charity at the team’s annual signing session. We travel through the process here.

LONG-FORM
Pau Gasol handled the pregame captain’s duties alone early in the season, until Kobe Bryant returned and joined him at center court against the Raptors.

Lakers-Heat Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Miami HeatWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 109-102 loss at Miami:

57.5
Percentage of field goals made by Miami, who leads the league in field-goal percentage (50.6). In two contests against the Lakers this season, the Heat is shooting a combined 54.4 percent (86 for 158).

31
Points for Chris Bosh, a game high. In the fourth quarter when L.A. threatened on a number of occasions, Bosh scored 10 points and made all five of his field goals. In the last five games – all with Dwyane Wade absent from the lineup – Bosh is averaging 23.6 points on 59.5 percent shooting.

11
Dimes for Kendall Marshall, his sixth double-digit assist performance in the last seven games. Marshall now ranks second in the league in assists per game (9.3), trailing only Chris Paul (11.2).

6
Straight games of at least 20 points for Pau Gasol, who recorded 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. During that stretch, Gasol is averaging 22.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals, while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor.

1
Missed field goal for Miami in the final 9:45 of the game. The Lakers cut the deficit to four points multiple times down the stretch, but each time, the Heat responded. Miami shot 10 of 14 from the floor in the final frame, with Bosh and LeBron James combining to go 7 for 8.

LAL 102, Heat 109: 1/23 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Miami HeatBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Miami 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
Heat: Chalmers, Allen, James, Battier and Bosh

FIRST QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat
SECOND QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat
THIRD QUARTER


Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat
FOURTH QUARTER

Hangin’ with the Lakers in Miami

ts_140122kobecanes670After flying into Miami on Tuesday in advance of their Thursday matchup with the Heat, many of the Lakers players caught the Duke Blue Devils-Miami Hurricanes college basketball game in the evening.

Kobe Bryant, who went to class earlier at the University of Miami, received some love from the crowd.

Bryant also has Duke ties with coach Mike Krzyzewksi, whom he played under during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, when USA captured the gold medal both times. Rookie Ryan Kelly, who attended Duke for four years, came to support his alma mater.

Even North Carolina product Kendall Marshall was in attendance, albeit he switched seats with a ‘dook’ fan to sit behind the Hurricanes bench.

Kobe Bryant Goes To College

During the Lakers annual Grammy road trip, Kobe Bryant had some time to attend a couple college classes.

He first made a visit to an international marketing class at Boston College, before the team played at Boston. Bryant addressed the media pregame and said he learned a lot from that night.

“It’s interesting because obviously I’ve been doing a great amount of international marketing for the last 15 years,” he said. “So to sit in a classroom and actually hear the proper terminology for some of the things I’ve been doing was pretty cool.”

Bryant then sat in on a college course on Wednesday, attending a business class at the University of Miami in advance of the Lakers matchup with the Heat on Thursday evening.

Re-examining Kobe’s 81-Point Game

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles LakersOn Jan. 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe Bryant recorded the second-highest scoring game in NBA history with 81 points, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point effort more than 40 years earlier.

That year, Bryant averaged a career-best 35.4 points, to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals on 45.0 percent field goals.

We take a closer look at his historic night below:

FIRST QUARTER:
14 points, 5 of 10 field goals, 4 of 4 free throws
SECOND QUARTER:
12 points, 5 of 8 field goals, 1 of 1 three-pointers, 1 of 2 free throws

FIRST HALF:
26 points, 10 of 18 field goals, 1 of 2 three-pointers, 5 of 6 free throws
First half shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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THIRD QUARTER:
27 points, 11 of 15 field goals, 4 of 5 three-pointers, 1 of 1 free throws
FOURTH QUARTER:
28 points, 7 of 13 field goals, 2 of 6 three-pointers, 12 of 13 free throws

SECOND HALF:
55 points, 18 of 28 field goals, 6 of 11 three-pointers, 13 of 14 free throws
Second half shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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TOTAL:
81 points, 28 of 46 field goals, 7 of 13 three-pointers, 18 of 20 free throws
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MORE ON KOBE BRYANT’S 81-POINT GAME:
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Lakers Injury Update from Miami

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix SunsLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemHealthy bodies have been quite difficult to find on the court for the Lakers this season, and that trend continued at Wednesday’s session in Miami in which Mike D’Antoni didn’t have enough guys available to play 5-on-5.

Available (nine): Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Nick Young, Manny Harris, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, Chris Kaman
Unavailable (six): Pau Gasol (foot), Xavier Henry (knee), Jordan Farmar (hamstring), Steve Blake (elbow), Kobe Bryant (knee fracture), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation)

Gasol is the one player off the latter list who will play against the Heat on Thursday evening, as an open wound on his left foot won’t keep him out of game action, despite making it a bit painful to run, jump and cut.

Here’s the update on the Lakers who remain on the shelf:

XAVIER HENRY:
Henry did some running, lateral slide drills and shooting, but did not participate in practice with his teammates on Wednesday. He said he’s progressed from where he was last week with a knee strain suffered on Dec. 29, which has caused him to miss 11 games thus far. Henry has been ruled out of Thursday’s game in Miami and Friday’s in Orlando. He’ll be evaluated over the weekend.

KOBE BRYANT:
Bryant is expected to be evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on either Monday, Jan. 27., or Tuesday the 28th. Bryant said that he expected to get an MRI in “February,” but that could apparently come a few days prior to the change of month. Kobe’s been keeping in cardio shape by doing work on a stationary bike, but needs the knee fracture to fully heal before he can resume basketball activities. That said, Bryant has made it clear in respective media sessions in Boston and Chicago that he fully plans on returning as soon as he’s physically able.

STEVE NASH:
Nash has been with his personal physical therapist/trainer working out in Vancouver, trying to improve daily so that he can test out the back, hamstring and nerve root issues that have plagued him this season. He’ll be re-evaluated by the Lakers when the team returns from the road trip just as Bryant is.

STEVE BLAKE:
Originally diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that would take a minimum of six weeks, Blake will visit with his doctor in Los Angeles when the team returns, and a potential return date may be established at the time. One can speculate that it’s going to be a bit longer, as the key word in the original timetable was “minimum.”

JORDAN FARMAR:
Farmar tore his left hamstring in a different spot from an original tear in early December on Dec. 31, and was given a four-week timetable until re-evaluation, which could come at the beginning of February. Don’t be surprised if it’s a couple of weeks after that until Farmar hits the game floor.