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Nash Now Third in All-Time Assists

nash_graphicAt the 2:13 mark of the second quarter, Steve Nash fed Jodie Meeks for a dunk in transition to give him career assist number 10,335, passing Mark Jackson (10,334) and placing him third all-time in NBA history.

He played 13 minutes off the bench, recorded three points, five assists and three rebounds. Nash now trails only John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091) on the career assists list.

R. Kelly Performing R. Kelly

140407_kellyAs part of his rookie duties, Ryan Kelly gave his own rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” at the Lakers Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner.

I see you Rook! @ryankelly34

After his basketball career is over, who thinks he can be the next American Idol?

Injury Update: Farmar, Gasol, Kaman and Nash

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemHere’s an update on several Lakers who missed Sunday’s game in advance of Tuesday’s matchup with Houston.

Lakers-Clippers Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 120-97 loss against LAC:

Percentage of field goals made by the Clippers as six players finished in double figures. In the third quarter, the home team made 13 of 21 shots (61.9 percent), including 7 of 12 three-pointers, to push their lead out of halftime to 94-72 heading to the final frame.

Points for Jordan Hill, to go along with nine boards and two steals. In the last three games with Chris Kaman (calf) and Pau Gasol (vertigo) out, Hill has averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks on 51.3 percent field goals.

Double-doubles for Kendall Marshall this season, after scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists. With most of their point guards and playmakers out because of injury, plus Kent Bazemore exiting early, Marshall logged a team-high 43 minutes.

Minutes for Bazemore before going down with a foot injury early in the second quarter. X-rays came back negative on his foot, but Bazemore will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of it.

Three-pointers made for Chris Paul without a miss. Paul finished with 23 points, six assists, four boards and three steals in just 28 minutes. “He is extremely talented,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You could argue he’s the best point guard. He’s always made his teams better and he’s shooting the ball better now from two’s and three’s. He’s just a good basketball player.”

Injury Update: Kent Bazemore

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health System

Lakers-Mavs Postgame Numbers

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-95 loss against Dallas:

Percentage of field goals made by the Lakers in the second half, when Dallas outscored L.A. 55-41. The home team made just 2 for 15 from beyond the arc in the third and fourth quarters, too, as they struggled to consistently string together any offensive rhythm.

Points for Dirk Nowitzki, which pushed him past Dominique Wilkins for 11th all-time on the NBA’s scoring list. Only one player born outside the United States has more points than Nowitzki (26,678): Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946).

Rebounds for Wesley Johnson off the bench, to go along with six points, three steals and two blocks. In the last two games, Johnson is averaging 11.5 boards, after tying his career high with 12 at Sacramento.

Made field goals without a miss for Brandan Wright. The North Carolina product dunked the ball seven times and all his makes came within five feet or less, as he finished with a season-high 23 points.

Assists for Steve Nash in 19 minutes off the bench. Nash (10,330) now needs five dimes to pass Mark Jackson (10,334) for third all-time in NBA history.

Marshall, Young Flaunt Shoe Game

It’s been well documented that Nick Young and Kendall Marshall are two of the biggest sneakerheads on the Lakers.

@jethrowellington you aint got these lol S/O to my dog @kendrickmsugar 4 the hook up #Supreme these will be seein the court tomorrow @nicekicks get ready lol

haaaa @swaggyp1 truuuue. But Ion’t think you wanna talk that foam nonsense with me! @nicekicks @geokthree will somebody please tell this guy.

Who has the better shoe game? Swaggy P. or KButter?

Lakers-Kings Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 107-102 loss at Sacramento:

Losses for the Lakers this season, just the second time in franchise history L.A. has had as many defeats. It is also just their eighth losing season since moving west from Minneapolis in 1960.

Fastbreak points for the Lakers, as they used smaller lineups for much of the night. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Chris Kaman (calf) both out, Wesley Johnson came off the bench as the backup four, playing alongside Jordan Hill or Robert Sacre. In particular, Jodie Meeks was able to score a number of his 21 points in transition (5 for 5 within five feet or less, according to

Points for Ray McCallum, a career high for the rookie out of Detroit. He also added five assists and four boards in 46 minutes. In the last five games with Isaiah Thomas sidelined (quad), McCallum is averaging 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds.

Four-point plays for Nick Young this season – a franchise high for a player – after converting one in the second quarter. Young led the Lakers off the bench with 17 points, including four three-pointers. In the last eight games, he is shooting 28 for 60 from beyond the arc (46.7 percent).

Blocked shots for Hill – tied a season high – in a start at center. Hill also recorded 18 points and 15 rebounds, his third double-double in the last six games.

Lakers-Blazers Postgame Numbers

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 124-112 loss against Portland:

Points for Portland’s two All-Stars in LaMarcus Aldridge (31 points, 15 rebounds, six assists) and Damian Lillard (34 points, eight assists). Both scored 16 apiece in the second half when Portland outscored L.A. by 10 to pull away for the win.

Minutes for Pau Gasol in his return from a four-game absence (vertigo). Gasol recorded nine points, seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks starting alongside Chris Kaman. “I am a little fatigued, he said postgame. “I wasn’t feeling too well before the game so I’m glad I got through it. I talked to the doctor and hopefully it’s going to continue to get better.”

Assists for Steve Nash, to go along with 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Nash (10,323) is now 12 dimes shy of surpassing Mark Jackson (10,334) for third all-time in assists in NBA history. The Santa Clara product tweaked his ankle during the game, however, and acknowledged he likely wouldn’t play at Sacramento.

Straight field-goals made by Nick Young towards a season-high 40 points (15 for 26 field goals, 6 for 13 three-pointers). Young was three points shy of his career-high 43 set during the 2010-11 season while he was in Washington.

Different starting lineups for Portland this season compared to 33 for the Lakers, in large part due to injuries. The Blazers used the same five-man unit through the first 53 games this year, which tied for the sixth longest streak in NBA history.

Gasol Probable to Play vs. Portland

ts_140331paugasol670After missing the last four games because of vertigo, Pau Gasol practiced in full on Monday and is being called probable for Tuesday’s game against Portland.

“We’ll see,” Gasol said of his prospects playing vs. Portland. “We’ll see how my body reacts when I get up tomorrow after the exercise today. I’d love to.”

In his last game action vs. Orlando last Sunday, Gasol played 19 minutes, but did not come out for the second half after experiencing dizziness and nausea.

“It was frustrating,” Gasol said. “You don’t really know why it happened, you can only guess after all the tests are done. So, I just had to let it calm down and get back to a normal life and get through a workout and practice like I did today. It wasn’t any contact, but I got through it pretty good. I’m not any worse than when I started, so that’s a good thing.”

Gasol had been sidelined 10 games earlier this year due to a strained groin and an upper respiratory infection. The doctors could not determine, however, if his condition is in any way related to the illness that affected him during the first half of the season. The Spaniard recalled post practice how he’s felt over the last week while trying to recover.

“Just really light-headed, dizzy and drowsy state for five or six days at home without really moving much,” Gasol said. “Just laying and letting my system readjust. It was scary. It was a scary moment for me and my family and the ones that love me.”

In his place, Chris Kaman was inserted into the starting lineup after not playing the previous 10 games. Kaman is coming off a 28-point, 17-rebound, six-assist outing vs. Phoenix.

Although Gasol might return to the court, the Lakers will likely be without Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar. Henry (wrist and knee), who has missed the last two games, is being called “doubtful.” Henry suffered a torn ligament in his wrist against Washington on Mar. 21 and missed the following game vs. Orlando, but suited up vs. New York and at Milwaukee. Henry also missed nearly two months earlier this season with a bone bruise in his right knee.

Farmar, who was diagnosed with a moderate groin strain on Mar. 18, has been sidelined the last seven games. According to team spokesman John Black, Farmar will see a doctor either later today or Tuesday, at which point an update will be given on his status. He is being called “doubtful” vs. Portland.