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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.

Lakers-Suns Postgame Numbers

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 115-99 win against Phoenix:

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Points for Phoenix’s starters (60 for the bench). The backcourt duo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined for just 27 points on 7 for 25 field goals and 2 for 11 from beyond the arc. “It’s an entire team effort,” Kendall Marshall said. “Those guys are extremely hard to guard one-on-one, and we were rotating when (the) bigs were showing hard. We were showing multiple bodies, and it discouraged them from making plays. It’s a total team effort when it comes to that.”

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Percentage of field goals made by Phoenix (35 for 91), including just 22.2 percent (8 for 36) from beyond the arc. Prior to the game, the Suns had converted at least 50.0 percent of their shots in three of their last six.

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Plus rating for Chris Kaman, a team high. Kaman scored a season-high 28 points (13 for 19 field goals) and also tied season marks of 17 rebounds and six assists. Below is a shot chart of Kaman’s efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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Assists for Marshall, to go along with 13 points, plus three steals. It was Marshall’s first double-double since a 20-point, 16-assist outing on Feb. 19 vs. Houston.

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Wins over Western Conference playoff bound teams this month for the Lakers (at Portland, vs. Oklahoma City, vs. Phoenix). L.A. also defeated New York on Tuesday, a squad one game back of the final spot in the East.

Lakers-Wolves Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota TimberwolvesWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 143-107 loss at Minnesota:

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Percentage of field goals made by Minnesota, a franchise high. The Wolves’ hot shooting propelled them towards a franchise-high 143 points as seven players reached double figures.

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Plus-rating for Nikola Pekovic, a team high. Pekovic returned to the starting lineup after missing six games (ankle) and scored 26 points on an efficient 9 of 10 shooting from the floor and 8 of 8 free throws.

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Minutes for Robert Sacre, tying a career high. Sacre scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards (a career high six on the offensive end) for the second straight game.

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Assists for Steve Nash in 15 minutes off the bench. Nash started the second half in place of Kendall Marshall and played for the first time since Mar. 21 vs. Washington.

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Career triple-doubles for Kevin Love after he posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just 29 minutes. It was the first time in franchise history a player has recorded a triple-double in less than 30 minutes.

Lakers-Bucks Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee BucksWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-105 loss at Milwaukee:

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Games missed due to injury/illness for both teams combined. The Lakers (256) and Bucks (218) rank first and second in the league, respectively, in that category. As such, L.A. has used 32 different starting lineups this season, while Milwaukee has used 26.

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Percentage of field goals made by Milwaukee, as all but one of their players – Jeff Adrien – hit at least 50 percent of their shots. Since the All-Star break, the Bucks rank sixth in the league in terms of offensive efficiency (108.6).

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Points for Brandon Knight on 12 for 21 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from the three-point line. In two games vs. the Lakers this season, Knight averaged 33.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals on 58.7 percent field goals and 41.7 percent from the three-point line.

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Second-chance points for the Lakers. They held a plus-five edge on the glass overall and a plus-four advantage on the offensive glass, in large part due to Jordan Hill (16 rebounds, nine offensive).

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Offensive rebounds for Hill, a career high. Hill also had a career-tying 28 points, plus 16 rebounds. In the last four games, the Arizona product is averaging 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 69.8 percent field goals.

Marshall, Meeks Plead Fashion Crime

At shootaround on Thursday in Milwaukee, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks both had something to say about Kent Bazemore’s pants.

Lakers at the Movies

After landing in Milwaukee, the Lakers watched a prescreening of “Noah,” set to be released in theaters on Friday.

Nick Young, again, went straight to the concession stands.

Lakers Score 51 Points in Record-Setting Quarter

1314postgame_henryLeading 50-42 at halftime vs. New York, the Lakers opened the third quarter and missed their first two shots. Those would be two of the rare misses in the period, as the team converted on 19 of their next 24 field goals towards a franchise-record 51 points.

“Obviously, we hit shots,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “We hit shots all over the place. It’s infectious. When you start taking good shots, they start going in, and even the hard shots start going in. It was one of those nights.”

Overall, the Lakers made 19 of 26 field goals (73.1 percent), 6 of 9 three-pointers (66.7 percent) and 7 of 8 free throws (87.5 percent), and added 11 assists to just one turnover in that third quarter. Outside of Robert Sacre, the nine other players – Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman, Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly – that saw court time during that stretch scored, as the Lakers pushed their lead from eight to 28 heading into the final 12 minutes.

*Below is a short chart of the Lakers efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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Even before the record-setting quarter, however, the Lakers reserves – Bazemore, Henry, Young, Kelly and Sacre – helped spur a 16-point swing in the game. After L.A. struggled to get anything going offensively in the first 12 minutes of the game (14 points, 5 of 18 field goals), the five-man unit off the bench was a plus-16 and totaled 20 points on 8 of 9 field goals and 4 of 4 three-pointers in the second quarter.

“I think our energy just picked up,” Kelly said. “Really we ended the first quarter with a couple plays that gave us some energy moving on forward, and then the bench definitely gave us a lift.”

In total, that lineup combination finished the night as a plus-12 and scored 49 points (17 of 27 field goals, 9 of 13 on three-pointers) in 15 minutes of floor time together, according to NBA.com/stats. The Lakers also set a season-high with 82 bench points and 127 points overall in winning their second straight game.

“I mean we’ve shown obviously we can score the basketball pretty well,” Kelly said. “Not quite like tonight, but we have that ability. It always feels good to put one together.”

Lakers-Knicks Postgame Numbers

New York Knicks v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 127-96 win against New York:

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Bench points for the Lakers, a season high. Each reserve scored at least five points, led by Xavier Henry’s 22. After trailing by eight at the end of the first, the second unit helped turn the game around to give L.A. an eight-point advantage by halftime (16-point swing).

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Third-quarter points for the Lakers, a record for any quarter in franchise history. The team combined to shoot 19 for 26 field goals (73.1 percent) and 6 for 9 on three-pointers (66.7 percent), while recording 11 assists to just one turnover. Below is a shot chart of their record-breaking quarter, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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Three-pointers made for the Lakers, one short of the franchise record set vs. Sacramento on Feb. 28. Six players hit at least one triple and five at least two, with the bench combining to make 13 for 19.

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Four-point plays for Nick Young this year, after converting one late in the third quarter. It was the second straight game Young had recorded a three, plus the foul, after tallying four through the first couple months of the season.

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Straight losses for the Knicks (vs. Cavaliers, at Lakers), after an eight-game winning streak. During their win streak, the Knicks defeated just one team over .500 (Indiana: 51-20), while the rest of their opponents were a combined 136-288. Despite being 13 games under .500, New York (29-42) sits just three games back of Atlanta (31-38) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Injury Update: Gasol, Henry and Nash

ts_140324xavierhenry670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who did not play the second half vs. Orlando because of dizziness and nausea, is being considered doubtful for Tuesday’s game vs. New York.

Should Gasol not be able to play tomorrow, coach Mike D’Antoni said Chris Kaman would start in his place.

Henry Expected to Play Through Pain


Another Laker who is battling an injury of his own is Xavier Henry, who injured his left wrist on a fall during the third quarter vs. Washington. Henry maintains he will play through the pain, however.

“I was going to play anyway,” Henry said. “The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

The Kansas product said he feels discomfort, regardless of whether he’s on the court or not, but believes there is no reason to sit out as long as he can tolerate it.

“(I feel pain) all day,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I have the ball or if I don’t. It hurts. If I can play with it, I’m going to play.”

Nash’s Return Questionable
Steve Nash, who returned vs. Washington after being sidelined the previous 15 games, also did not suit up on Sunday.

He has played in 11 games overall this year, battling the same nerve issues since last year after fracturing his lower leg in the second game at Portland on Halloween.

“We’ll check and see tomorrow, but probably doubtful at this time just to be cautious,” D’Antoni said. “He worked out on his own (today). He said he’s feeling better, but doesn’t know. He’ll push a little bit tomorrow morning and then we’ll make a decision.”

Injury Update: Pau Gasol

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol did not play the second half of the Lakers-Magic game because of dizziness and nausea. According to team spokesman John Black, Gasol received three liters of IV fluid and spent the night in the hospital for precautionary observation.

“He was dizzy in the first half, went back in the dressing room, came back, finished the half,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “They were trying to give him an IV and he was real dizzy and he couldn’t go.”

Prior to Sunday’s game, Gasol had posted four double-doubles in the last five games, and was averaging 20.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, plus 1.7 blocks in March.

An update on Gasol’s condition will be given sometime on Monday.