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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.

Lakers-Magic Postgame Numbers

Orlando Magic v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-94 win against Orlando:

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Minutes for Pau Gasol, who did not start the second half because he was feeling dizzy and nauseous. Postgame, team spokesman John Black said Gasol received three liters of IV fluid and would remain in the hospital overnight for precautionary observation. An update will be given on his condition on Monday.

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Plus-rating for Jordan Hill, who finished with a career-high 28 points, plus 13 rebounds. It was Hill’s third career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, all of which have come this season.

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Assists for Kent Bazemore, a career high. With Jordan Farmar (groin), Steve Nash (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (wrist) all sidelined, Bazemore helped facilitate the offense off the bench in backing up Kendall Marshall.

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Steals for Jodie Meeks, a career high. He also added 13 points in a team-high 40 minutes, while also helping with ball-handling duties as most of the team’s playmakers were out with injuries.

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Four-point plays for Nick Young this season after he converted one late in the first quarter. He scored 26 points to lead the Lakers bench, a feat he’s accomplished in 34 of his 42 games off the pine this year.

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier Henry, who injured his left wrist in Friday’s game vs. Washington, underwent an MRI and the results showed a torn ligament. He will be examined by a hand specialist on Monday and an estimated timetable for his return will be given at that time.

Earlier at Saturday’s practice, coach Mike D’Antoni believed Henry to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game vs. Orlando, pending the MRI results.

Henry played 23 minutes on Friday and recorded 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was coming off one of his best games of the season vs. San Antonio when he poured in a team-high 24 points.

The Kansas product had previously missed almost two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus before returning at Portland on Mar. 3.

Nash, Henry Game-Time Decisions vs. Orlando

140322_DAntoniSteve Nash, who saw court action for the first time since Feb. 11 vs. Washington, did not participate in practice on Saturday. Instead, he underwent treatment, and is being considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

Nash played 19 minutes on Friday, and finished with five points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals. He was very effective in his return – finishing at a plus-eight – but exited for good with 2:14 left as a precautionary measure.

“For Sunday’s game we’ll be cautious,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “If he feels good, he’ll play. If there’s any doubt, he won’t.”

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

Xavier Henry was also a non-participant in practice as he underwent an MRI on his left wrist. D’Antoni said he will also be a game-time decision, pending the results. Henry scored 12 points off the bench vs. Washington and was coming off one of his better games of the season on Wednesday vs. San Antonio when he tallied a team-high 24 points.

Because of so many injuries this year, the Lakers have trotted out 30 different starting lineups. The coaching staff hinted at another possible change for Sunday’s game, with Wesley Johnson (over his upper respiratory infection) moving back into the three spot, plus Jordan Hill sliding in at the four.

Lakers-Wizards Postgame Numbers

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 117-107 loss against Washington:

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Assists for John Wall this season, as he finished with 14 for the second straight contest. Wall also registered 28 points, four rebounds and two steals.

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Points for Nick Young, which tied for a team high with Jodie Meeks. Young played for the first time since Feb. 23, and made 7 of his 16 field goals, including 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.

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Minutes for Steve Nash off the bench in his first game action since Feb. 11 vs. Utah. Nash also added five points, four boards and three steals. With his double-digit assist outing, Nash (10,307) now needs 28 dimes to surpass Mark Jackson (10,334) for third-most all time in NBA history.

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Rebounds for Jordan Hill, plus nine points and four blocks in his return from a six-game absence (knee). Hill was particularly effective in the second quarter when he recorded six points, eight boards and three blocks (most by a Laker in a quarter this season).

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Three-pointers for Washington, out of 25 attempts (40.0 percent). Bradley Beal drained four, while Trevor Ariza and Wall added two apiece for the second-best three-point shooting team in the league.