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Jordan Hill: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0496Jordan Hill appeared in 73 games (32 starts) towards career high averages of 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds on 54.9 percent field goals in 20.8 minutes. With Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman both sidelined the final eight games of the season, Hill upped his numbers to 16.6 points and 10.1 boards in April, and also posted five double-doubles.



- Opening statement:
“I’m looking forward to the offseason. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m going to continue to work hard and see what my next move is. I wouldn’t mind coming back here. I had a great time with my team and the (coaching) staff. There’s been a lot of ups and downs this season. I’m going to see how this summer pans out.”

- On if his career high in minutes affected him at all on the court:
“It gets tiring sometimes but I still have that adrenaline flowing where I feel invincible out there. I compete and play hard. A lot of people missed time due to injuries. It was definitely a tiring season.”

- On where he could see himself playing:
“I think I’m a good fit for any team – a great rebounder, an energy guy that can go out there and hard 24/7. I can also block shots. I feel I’m a great fit and I would love to play on any team that needs a guy like me.”

- On an ideal situation for him (position, minutes, etc.) in the NBA:
“I think I could be a good power forward, but I know I can play any position. You put me out there and I’ll get something done. Playing 25-27 minutes a game don’t sound so bad. I really showed I can produce when given those types of minutes.”

Chris Kaman: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0484During his first year in Los Angeles, Chris Kaman appeared in 39 games (13 starts) towards averages of 10.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 50.9 percent field goals in 18.9 minutes. He was sidelined the final eight contests due to a strained right calf and also missed time earlier in the year due to back issues.


- On if he has any relief that the season is over:
“I think guys were ready to be done, but I think everybody wanted to finish strong. The guys did a great job of finishing on a strong note.” Kaman did not rule out a possible return, depending on what the Lakers do in the offseason.

- On how he envisioned the season coming in and how it played out:
“I came here thinking it’d be two bigs – me and Pau (Gasol). I just don’t think it worked out how coach had anticipated either. My frustrations through the year of not having that (play out) and me coming off the bench and having little spurts (of playing time). I don’t think coach did it on purpose. I just don’t think two bigs fit in his style of offense. That’s the way he coaches. It just didn’t go the way I had hoped.” Kaman also noted that the team struggled to find a consistent three-point shooter throughout the year, a big part of Mike D’Antoni’s offense. D’Antoni also tried mixing and matching lineups with two bigs, but injuries played a big part in trying to establish some consistency/continuity.

- On if he mentored any younger players throughout the season:
“I really liked Robert (Sacre) and Ryan (Kelly). Those are guys that stand out to me as having futures in this league. They both work really hard and put their time in.” Kaman said Sacre really improved throughout the year and Kelly exceeded expectations his rookie year.

- On his calf injury:
“It’s feeling good. It’s just something that needs rest. I just chose to try and be healthy (and miss the final eight games) and not limp into the offseason.”

Lakers-Spurs Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio SpursWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 113-100 win at San Antonio:

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Postseason appearances for San Antonio since its inaugural season in 1976, including this year. Only the Lakers have more playoff berths (35) during that 38-year span.

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Minutes averaged from the Spurs’ normal starters that suited up. Gregg Popovich elected to sit Tim Duncan for the game and didn’t play Tony Parker the second half. Thirteen different players saw at least 12 minutes as San Antonio had already clinched the No. 1 overall seed throughout the playoffs coming into the game.

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Players in double figures for the Lakers, including all five starters. As a team, L.A. was efficient from the floor, shooting 49.5 percent overall and 40.7 percent from the three-point line.

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Three-point makes for Kendall Marshall without a miss. On the year, Marshall finished 11th among all point guards in three-point field goal percentage (38.5).

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Turnovers for the Lakers in the first and third quarters. As such, L.A. outscored San Antonio 68-47 over those two periods that essentially turned out to be the difference in the game.

Lakers Say Goodbye to 2013-14 Season

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LAL 113, Spurs 100: 4/16 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs
Below is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at San Antonio 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 Hill
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Baynes and Splitter



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Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs


Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

Lakers’ Lottery Odds

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles LakersWith just one game remaining in the 2013-14 season, we have a pretty good idea about the Lakers’ odds in the lottery for the 2014 NBA Draft.

INVERSE STANDINGS (Remaining Opponent):
1) Milwaukee: 15-66 (ATL)
2) Philadelphia: 18-63 (@MIA)
3) Orlando: 23-58 (IND)
4) Utah: 24-57 (@MIN)
5) Boston: 25-56 (WAS)
6) Lakers: 26-55 (@SAS)
7) Sacramento: 28-53 (PHX)
8) Detroit: 29-52 (@OKC)

With L.A.’s win at Utah on Monday evening, they assured that they’ll finish no lower than tied for fifth place with Boston, and no higher than sixth, the slot they currently occupy.

If Boston beats Washington at home, and the Lakers lose at San Antonio, both teams would finish 26-56 on the season. There are no tiebreaker rules used as with playoff teams for seeding, however. Both teams would receive the average of the total number of combinations for the slots that they occupy, and if the average number isn’t an integer, a coin flip is used to determine which team receives extra combinations. If neither team jumps into the top three of the lottery, that coin flip dictates which team would select fifth, and which team sixth.

So in short: to move into the fifth slot, L.A. would need a loss, plus a Boston win, and then a win in a coin flip versus the Celtics. The Lakers will have the sixth-best odds if they win at San Antonio, if Boston loses to Washington or if they lose the coin flip and neither team moves into the top three.

CHANCES FOR LANDING THE TOP OVERALL PICK:
1) 250 combinations, 25.0% chance of receiving the #1 pick
2) 199 combinations, 19.9% chance
3) 156 combinations, 15.6% chance
4) 119 combinations, 11.9% chance
5) 88 combinations, 8.8% chance
6) 63 combinations, 6.3% chance

In the lottery, a team can move no farther than three picks below its slot, and that’s in the extremely unlikely event that three lower team all move into the top three positions. Below are the odds of which selection the team with the fifth- and sixth-best odds will make:

Fifth Seed:
1st: 8.8*%; 2nd: 9.7%; 3rd: 10.7%; 4th: N/A; 5th: 26.1%; 6th: 36.0%; 7th: 8.4%; 8th: 0.4%
*In the case that the Lakers get the fifth seed, they’d have an 8.8 percent chance of receiving the No. 1 overall selection, a 9.7 percent chance at the second pick and so on.

Sixth Seed:
1st: 6.3%; 2nd: 7.1%; 3rd: 8.1%; 4th: N/A; 5th: N/A; 6th: 43.9%; 7th: 30.5%; 8th: 4.0%; 9th: 0.1%

The 2014 NBA Draft lottery takes places on Tuesday, May 20, and the Draft itself occurs on Thursday, June 26.

Young Drops Season-High 41 Points

young_postgameTied at 86 heading to the fourth quarter at Utah, L.A. opened the period on a 23-3 run, spurred by Nick Young’s hot shooting from the floor.

He scored nine of the first 11 Laker points of the quarter and 17 altogether in the final frame. The USC product finished with a season-high 41 points, and shot an efficient 14 of 23 on field goals and 6 of 11 on three-pointers.

“He can get his shot off against anybody,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “And when he gets on rolls, he’s uncanny about how he can score the basketball.” 140414_young

In the last five games, Young is averaging 26.0 points on 50.6 percent field goals and 43.8 percent on three-pointers. He’s hit the 40-point mark on two separate occasions and hit at least six triples three times in April. Post All-Star break, the swingman has been sharp from beyond the arc, hitting at a 46.0 percent clip. 140414_young_threes

Lakers-Jazz Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Utah JazzWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 119-104 win at Utah:

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Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Jazz 33-18. Knotted up at 86 apiece at the end of the third, L.A. reeled off a 23-3 run to open the final frame en route to snapping their seven-game skid.

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Points for Nick Young off the bench (14 of 23 field goals, 6 of 11 three’s), besting his season high of 40 vs. Portland on Apr. 1. Young caught fire in the fourth quarter when he poured in 17, including nine in a row at one point. Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.140414_young

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Turnovers forced by the Lakers that led to 29 points (five in the deciding fourth quarter that led to 11 points). “Tonight, they were turnovers that didn’t give us an opportunity to get back and make stops,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “They made us pay for them.”

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Assists for Kendall Marshall, 11 of which came in the first half. It was his third double-digit assist effort in April and his sixth such game this season with at least 15 dimes.

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Steals for Wesley Johnson, to go along with 12 points, six boards, four assists and three blocks. In the last five games, Johnson is averaging 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.

LAL 119, Jazz 104: 4/14 Running Diary

Los Angeles Lakers v Utah JazzBelow 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: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Kelly and Hill
Jazz: Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter





Lakers-Grizzlies Postgame Numbers

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 102-90 loss against Memphis:

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Rebounds for Memphis, 16 of which came on the offensive end. Overall, the Grizzlies held a plus-20 edge on the glass in part due to their size advantage in the frontcourt with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, plus Kosta Koufos and Ed Davis off the bench.

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Fastbreak points for the Lakers compared to nine for the Grizzlies. In the last five, L.A. is averaging 23.0 points in transition, which would rank first in the league (the Clippers currently top the NBA with 18.8 fastbreak points per game).

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Assists for the Lakers on 35 made field goals. L.A.’s backcourt of Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar combined for 16 dimes, while three others added at least three apiece (Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hill).

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Plus-rating for Marc Gasol, a team high. The big man recorded 18 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three steals, and keyed the Grizzlies third-quarter run that saw them stretch their halftime lead from a single point to 18 entering the fourth.

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Rebounds for Johnson – a career high – to go along with 15 points and four assists in a team-high 40 minutes. It was his third double-double of the year and his third double-digit rebounding effort in the last six games.